NetherRealm Studios and Warner didn’t go for the bare minimum; they gave the best possible voice for Spawn‘s character.
„Our excitement only grew when we learned that actor Keith David, the original voice of Spawn, would be reprising his role in Mortal Kombat 11. Keith voiced the character in Todd McFarlane’s Spawn, the Emmy award-winning HBO animated series, so it was a dream come true — not only for us but for Keith himself. He came to the voiceover sessions positively thrilled to be back in the role, and his enthusiasm shines through in every aspect of his performance,” the studio wrote on the PlayStation Blog.
The team also went into a bit of his moveset and relation with the other characters: „With these foundational elements in place, our game designers then set out to showcase Spawn’s many other abilities. They came up with numerous moves inspired by the original comics, including creating illusions, conjuring demons and blasting opponents with Necroplasm. This attention to detail extended to other disciplines as well. The story team dug deep into Spawn’s lore to build emotional connections between him and our Mortal Kombat characters so that we could explore them in his in-game dialogue. We were excited to discover just how much Spawn had to say,” they added.
Keith David was indeed the original voice of Spawn/Al Simmons, as the animated series ran between May ’97 and May ’99 on HBO. The live-action film adaptation premiered in August ’97, with Michael Jai White as the protagonist. Whoever came up with the idea to get Keith David to voice Spawn in the game should deserve a pay raise.
Those who got the Kombat Pack of Mortal Kombat 11 (just a fancy name for the season pass…) will get Spawn on March 17 – the others can buy it separately from March 24 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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