Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon teases what Shaolin Monks could have been

Matt Sayer 4 October 2017 NEWS


The PS2 and Xbox game could have been a far lonelier experience.

In celebration of Mortal Kombat's 25th anniversary, series creator Ed Boon has revealed that the spin-off game Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks wasn't always destined to be the co-op beat 'em up it eventually became.

According to a tweet from Boon, Shaolin Monks originally featured just a single character, Raiden, instead of the duo of Liu Kang and Kung Lao that the full release ended up focusing on. From the image accompanying Boon's tweet, it also looks like the game was once envisioned as something more open and expansive, too, rather than the hemmed-in approach that the Xbox and PS2 game ultimately took.

With the recent success of NetherRealm's Mortal Kombat reboots and its Injustice games, it'd be interesting to see Boon and his team take another stab at a more adventure-focused Mortal Kombat game using the lessons they've learned honing their fighting game chops. Both franchises have already proved that fighting games can have great stories, so making the jump to a more narrative-focused beat 'em up wouldn't be too much of a stretch.

In other NetherRealm news, Raiden is bringing the pain to Injustice 2, and Amazon France seems to have leaked confirmation of an upcoming PC port of Injustice 2.

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