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Mortal Kombat 8 [PS3/X360 – Cancelled]

As we can read on Kotaku, before Mortal Kombat VS DC another MK game was pitched, but it was never fully developed. You could say that Mortal Kombat 8 was released as MK VS DC, but the original concept for this  new chapter of the MK saga was much different from what we got in the end:

Once again, we pestered Mr. Boon about the scrapped version of Mortal Kombat 8, once described by the long-term Midway dev as being heavily inspired by the look of Gears of War. While that grittier, darker version of MK didn’t make it far beyond the technology development stages — Boon told us there was little in the way of concept art for the grimier spin on the series — […]

In november 2009 an article at Game Set Watch revealed some concept arts that are assumed to be from this cancelled version of Mortal Kombat 8. It’s currently unknown how the gameplay would have evolved from the traditional fighting game, but if it would have followed this “new” style, it could have been something like “Gears of War” with more open arenas than the usual MK ones.

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RS Links: the lost Street Fighter II HD’s Intro

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is a remake of the famous fighting game, that was released for the PSStore and XLArcade in november 2008. The game uses high definition graphics drawn by UDON Entertainment, at least in the gameplay sections. Robert Seddon linked us to the official UDON blog, where we can read that:

While everyone knows that UDON recreated HD versions of all the sprites, backgrounds, and character select shots…what you don’t know is that we also recreated the classic intro sequence for the game!

Unfortunately, it did not make it into the final version of the game. But, presented for here for the first time, we have the the full intro with redone HD artwork by UDON!

 

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance [PS2/XBOX/GC – Beta]

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, originally known as Mortal Kombat 5: Vengeance, is a fighting game developed and produced by Midway. The game was released for the Xbox, PlayStation 2 and GameCube in 2002. Deadly Alliance was the first all-new Mortal Kombat fighting game produced exclusively for home consoles, with no preceding arcade release. [Info from Wikipedia]

At the Mortal Kombat Secrets website we can read many interesting info about the development of the game and its beta differences. Various characters were created for Mortal Kombat 5, but some of them were never used in the final game, as Kai, Dairou, Tiamat, Hachiman, Baphomet, The Evil Masters and Siobhan.

Also, some playable characters in Deadly Alliance went through a lot of changes before their final design, as Shang Tsung, Quan Chi (with a living weapon that never made it in to the game), Scorpion, Li Mei, Mavado and Frost. Early screens of the game are probably just target renders, as the graphic is nothing like the one in the final game. A Water Temple arena was  also planned, but removed from the final version.

You can check Mortal Kombat Secrets for more info!

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WWF War Zone [N64/PSX – Beta]

WWF War Zone was the first 3D WWF title to be released, developed by Acclaim Studios Salt Lake and published by Acclaim Entertainment in 1998 for the PlayStation and Nintendo 64. As Andrew has noticed, there were some beta screenshots in an issue of  Game Informer (?) with Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi on the cover. At the time, the game was simply referred to as WWF ’98.  This beta version has no health bars yet, the ropes are red, white, and blue instead of just red, and the arena has American flags. There was a beta video on Youtube but it seems to have disappeared.

Thanks to Andrew McMahon for the contribution!

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Mortal Kombat 3 [Arcade – Beta]

Mortal Kombat 3 is the third game in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series, released in arcades in 1995. It was updated into Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 in arcade and home consoles, and later Mortal Kombat Trilogy home consoles only. Mortal Kombat 3 has been released for DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, Master System, PlayStation, Super NES and Windows. [Info from Wikipedia]

From the Mortal Kombat Secrets website we can read about many differences in the beta builds of the game, such as early character select screen, a removed red carpet in “The Bank” stage and a removed sub-boss with two big hammers. Sektor’s original name was “ketchup”, Cyrax’s original names were “mustard” and even “Robocop” at one point, Sindel was known as “Muchacha” and Kabal’s working name was “Sandman”.

Kurtis Stryker was supposed to appear in MK1 but it was removed, then in MK2 but it was changed into Jax. Only in MK3 Kurtis Stryker made its final appearance in the series. You can find out more about the MK3 beta at Mortal Kombat Secrets!

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