The story behind Mortal Kombat’s iconic dragon logo

Mortal Kombat promotional art shows the dragon logo above people cheering.

You may have seen a silhouette of human kombatThe dragon logo is so often that you don’t even think about how little its meaning is. There weren’t any dragons originally human kombat, and does not affect the backstory about the multi-dimensional martial arts tournament to determine the fate of the planet. So what’s the deal? Co-author John Tobias now explains that the iconic dragon was inspired by a statue on his boss’ desk.

Tobias recently rediscovered his original pencil drawing of the dragon logo and Twitter took over To share the back story behind how it ended up becoming the central icon of the decades-old fighting game series. Midway general manager Ken Fedesna had a golden four-fingered Chinese dragon figurine on his desk that Tobias apparently saw one day when a colleague borrowed it to scan and upload it as an asset at one point.

The inspiration for using the dragon as a symbol of fantasy heroism came from ‘Dragon Attack’, which was previously disputed for our game’s title. [Ed Boon] And you changed it to “Mortal Kombat”, he Wrote on Twitter yesterday. This working title is inspired by the Queen’s song of the same name. While they were eventually phased out, the colors mentioned in the original song formed the basis for the final arcade cabinet, which also included the Chinese dragon from Fedesna’s office.

“I had been thinking of creating an icon to represent the fictional tournament, but also to brand the game with a symbol… like Superman’s ‘S’ or Batman’s bat symbol,” Tobias wrote. The final design ended up being a combination of the yin-yang symbol and the profile of the dragon’s head. Tobias’ sister thought it looked like a seahorse, but 30 years later it’s synonymous with one of the bloodiest and most popular fighting game franchises ever. The It still exists too.

Meanwhile, fans are desperate for news of the next game in the series. the last one Out in 2019So far, there have been no clues about the time Mortal Kombat 12 can be expected. Director Ed Boon and NetherRealm Studios were expected to focus on the work Injustice 3, but there was no official announcement about that either, and the chaotic merger of Warner Bros. Discovery fears some of the worst. Perhaps NetherRealm can fill the void with its 30th Anniversary Collection that brings the series’ past into the present.

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