Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has posted an image on Twitter showing off a HD version of the game that never saw the light of day.
He further explained that the project was heartbreaking to let go of;
“Yea, lots of stories. Lots of thrown out work too. :(“
In the image we see MK regulars Liu Kang and Sonya Blade fighting on one of the brawlers most iconic maps. The HD release looked to be using brand new sprites and reworked environments to scrub up that old MK glory for 2015. All though you can only make a spine ripping so HD before it becomes somewhat nightmare inducing.
Mortal Kombat was first released in 1992 and has had an iconic history; it’s absurd ultra-violence prompting the Senator Lieberman conference to discuss the outright banning of all violent videogames. Later in the debate, a new system of age rating was crafted to stop children from developing a unquenchable desire to breathe fire at robots.
MKX, the latest game in the franchise, released earlier this year to critical acclaim and thankfully it too reveled in ridiculous levels of pure fantasy violence. MK is perfectly self aware enough to know it never needs to change.
We still could see a HD re-release if the audience exists, but it is unlikely given the fighters popularity on current generation consoles, as a spite based system could be off putting to modern gamers. However, any excuse to see actors awkwardly fumbling low resolution Kung Fu tricks seem more than worth the investment.