Mortal Kombat 2011 could have had an exclusive Xbox-360 character like Marcus Fenix or Master Chief, but NetherRealm Studios was denied that opportunity.
This according to The Man himself, Ed Boon.
Kratos is a Mortal Kombat 2011 PS3-exclusive character and this is pretty upsetting to know that Xbox 360 fans could’ve had the same. Even if that character may not have fit as well as Kratos.
Boon does not tell us what Microsoft characters were there for final consideration as Xbox 360-exclusives but does mention the obvious ones, and makes the point that NetherRealm WANTED to have an Xbox 360-exclusive character for their Xbox 360 fans and it wasn’t for lack of trying that one didn’t appear in the final version of the game. Hopefully one will show up down the line as downloadable content though.
To quote Ed Boon:
“I’m not allowed to talk too much about it, but I can tell you we certainly wanted to do an exclusive for 360, but that’s all I can say. It was not a decision we made where we said, oh, let’s not do one for the 360. Anybody who’s really knowledgeable about the Xbox video games, the big titles, names like Master Chief from Halo, Marcus Fenix from Gears of War, and any other Xbox exclusive title, is going to come up in a conversation in talking about it. So clearly we’ve discussed it.”
But, like I said, it wasn’t something we decided, no, we don’t want to make a 360 version of a character.”
Why Microsoft or some other company would not allow this is a mystery to everyone, seems odd and it may very well have been the catalyst for increased sales on the PS3 as opposed to the Xbox 360.
Here is gameplay of Kratos from the PS3 version of MK 2011.