Rejected Mortal Kombat Character Designs

Ex-Midway artist Vincent Proce went back to the drawing board for a pitched, but ultimately rejected visual reboot of the developer's venerable Mortal Kombat franchise, posting the results of that back-to-basics design plan on his personal blog.

Proce, who contributed to Midway's final fighting game before being snapped up by Warner Bros, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, wrote that the re-imagining of the MK franchise proposed "mixing modern muti-player and dismemberment game design with the original fighting mechanic." The artist's take on four Mortal Kombat mainstays—Raiden, Kano, Scorpion and Sony Blade—are more dramatic, grittier and certainly a welcome change.

Proce describes his Scorpion as "a wraith wearing the yellow blood of the demon" that resurrected him and his Kano as "half Japanese half US military bad arse." His Sonya, which will likely draw the most criticism, was redesigned as "the daughter of a Texas Ranger who's sex appeal weakens her opponents while her Special Forces training kicks their asses." Finally, his Raiden pitch portrays "a god [whose]feet rarely touch the ground."

We're not sure what direction the Mortal Kombat team is taking the series at its new home, but I'm personally hoping it's more along these lines—a darker, more dramatic, less comic book-like tone with a pared down cast—than what we got with Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. I enjoyed that game as much as the next guy, but I like my MK with a little less Wonder Woman.

Here are the never before seen Mortal Kombat characters... [Vincent Proce Art Blog via GameSetWatch/SRK Forums]


    , but I like my MK with a little less Wonder Woman.

    so true

    As a long-time fan of the series, that Scorpion redesign looks friggin awesome.

    They look excellent. Midway shouldn't have knocked it back the fans of the series would love a stylistic reboot of the series.

    Holy crap! I love Sony Blade.

      SONY BLADE! That guy melts faces and steals hearts.

      woot Sony Blade! I heard he's been to Chuck Norris, house and came out alive! what a man!

    It's retarded how they don't go 2D and make it play like UMK3 - with a few little changes - just like SF and KOF have done.

    Those look awesome man!

    I gotta agree, those designs look fantastic... if we had a new MK game with a fresh take on ALL character designs to a more grittier, dirtier style that'd be great. The idea of Raiden's feet rarely touching the ground sounds awesome.. he's a god after all.

    got any newer designs?

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