Most of us grew up playing Mortal Kombat in some form or another — at the arcade, on Super NES, on the Game Boy, and more. We have fond memories of hearing Scorpion bellow “Get over here!” and doing that awesome thing with his hand and the “zzzzzzhhhhup” and the “sploink” and the “Scorpion wins.” But did you know that the franchise could have looked totally different?
Vincent Proce, who used to work for Midway Games, has posted to his blog four new versions of favorite MK characters Scorpion, Raiden, Sonya and Kano that he had proposed to Midway before leaving last year. The characters are recognizable, but they have more of a modern, dark, tattered feel to them. “The basis for the idea was a re imagining of the Mortal Kombat franchise from the original premise but mixing modern muti-player and dismemberment game design with the original fighting mechanic,” Proce said on his blog.
You can see Scorpion above; take a gander at Raiden, Sonya and Kano after the jump.
Personally, I like what Proce proposed to do with the franchise. The flat superhero costume colors from previous games had grown a bit tiresome, and these drawings bring in some gritty realism that could have pushed MK into a whole new direction. With Proce out of Midway, though, it’s unlikely that we’ll see anything like this. “Fatality!” 🙁
Thanks to Kotaku for the find.