Four pieces of lost Mortal Kombat media we never got to play
With as many games that have come out under the Mortal Kombat banner, it should come as little surprise that Ed Boon and his team(s) have started a few ventures that never ended up being finished.
In their latest video PNDKM have done slew of research to get as much information as possible on no less than four pieces of such Mortal Kombat media, a few of which are really quite fascinating.
The first of these is also the most recent and something a good handful of our readers very well may recall. Back in 2015 when Mortal Kombat X was making its debut, the tenth MK installment was supposed to release for the then modern console generation as well as for the previous (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3).
The game released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in April, but the ports for the previous gen consoles weren’t yet quite ready. NetherRealm Studios noted the delay and promised the previous generation ports would still be coming that summer. They did not.
When late August of that year rolled around, developers and producers eventually announced that said ports were cancelled, forcing those who wanted to experience the latest Mortal Kombat to get a modern console to do so. Here’s what parent company Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment had to say:
“After months of development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has come to the regrettable conclusion that we cannot release Mortal Kombat X for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Please know our teams worked diligently to meet the quality standards set by the current-gen versions of the game.
“We were not able to get the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions to the quality expected of a Mortal Kombat game and are very sorry for not being able to deliver the products as originally planned.”
While the cancellation of PS3 and XBox360 MKX was certainly disappointing, it was still content we could widely access elsewhere. The remaining items on today’s list of lost media, however, could not be.
Those who recall Mortal Kombat: Special Forces from the year 2000, a non-fighting game for the PlayStation 1, might also recall a 1999 E3 (RIP) presentation of the game Special Forces was supposed to be.
We get to see a few snippets of footage of this in the video below as Sonya Blade pulls off some Lara Croft style platforming, and Kabal pops up in a few scenes from a time before enduring the horrific injuries that left his face scarred along with his need for a mask to breathe properly.
We did end up getting a version of Kabal without scars as an alternate costume some two decades later in 2019’s Mortal Kombat 11, but this Special Forces appearance would also have given us more of Kabal’s character development as he struggled through moral choices that would lead him toward his fate.
We’ll let PNDKM give you all the details to these plus the other two pieces of lost Mortal Kombat media in the full video below. As always, be sure to keep the conversation going in the comments after you watch with your thoughts and reactions.