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Mortal Kombat 9 had 2008 reboot pitched, concept sketches - PS Vita version for free on Amazon with purchase of system

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • May 9, 2012 at 9:47 a.m. PDT
The 2011 release of Mortal Kombat 9 turned out somewhat like a greatest hits version of the series, with a lot of characters and designs from older titles reused. Back in 2008 though, Vincent Proce, who worked at Netherealm Studios at the time, pitched a reboot of the series with a different flavor.

Proce had his own idea for how the series should proceed, and created these concept sketches, with gameplay that would include, "modern multiplayer and dismemberment game design." Check out these new takes on Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Sonya, Raiden and Kano, along with little notes below the images explaining a bit more.


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Even though Proce left NetherRealm Studios, his services were called upon to provide concept art for the 2011 Mortal Kombat game. You can find his character designs for the game here, along with some notes.

Also, while we're on the subject of Mortal Kombat 9, Amazon is offering the PS Vita version of the game for free, if you buy the system itself, and they'll also throw in a 4GB memory card.

Source: Vincent Proce, via SiliconEra.

Comments

Sakura said on May 9, 2012 at 9:53 a.m.

miles better than the final product...

oh well...

#1
Model_M said on May 9, 2012 at 9:53 a.m.

Scorpion :O

#2
Tim_Static said on May 9, 2012 at 9:58 a.m.

This is hella old news, fyi.

#3
courte said on May 9, 2012 at 10:13 a.m.

we all know mortal kombat will forever be mortal kombat. but these designs are absolutely amazing. i think it's about time to get to old toolbox, dust off that shaolin monks game design and go to work. so many characters and from a company that gives a damn about the story telling regardless of how wacky it is, at least it's there.

Sub-Zero Mythologies and Special Forces remakes for anyone with mk9 data, 5.99 complete remake/designs for anyone else!!

#4
Ryu_Apprentice said on May 9, 2012 at 10:14 a.m.

dont really dig the scorpion and sonya outfit, but Kano is badass.

#5
WorstGiefEVER said on May 9, 2012 at 10:21 a.m.

Glad the dismemberment idea did not come to fruition.

One of MK's problems has been gimmicks, and that would have been another one on the list.

#6
Kenshiro said on May 9, 2012 at 10:28 a.m.

New designs they went with in the final product are so superior.

It's not even funny.

#7
J said on May 9, 2012 at 10:44 a.m.

LOL SONYA.

#8
thegendler said on May 9, 2012 at 11:03 a.m.

with purcase.....

#9
HooliganComboFTW said on May 9, 2012 at 11:11 a.m.

Would have been nice if they were dlc skins at least instead of just rehash skins for nostalgia purposes

#10
Kaiyuss said on May 9, 2012 at 11:12 a.m.

The concepts look neat, but they seem to lack any overall direction.

#11
DarknessFallz said on May 9, 2012 at 11:13 a.m.

Yeah the tip of Sonya's sword on the left side....never mind :-/

#12
Sakura said on May 9, 2012 at 11:28 a.m.

at least Sonya's not wearing Stilettos and has a shirt on...

#13
jabbasaur said on May 9, 2012 at 11:28 a.m.

Not a big fan of the Sub-Zero, but Scorpion looks awesome! I also love the human female Reptile concept!It's very different!

#14
BumblebeeCody said on May 9, 2012 at 11:46 a.m.

Would be a good idea for skin downloads. Would like to Sonya with clothes on though...

#15
Landshark said on May 9, 2012 at 12:27 p.m.

Glad I'm not the only one who noticed the strange shape of the scabbard, DF.

#16
Unknown_Unknown said on May 9, 2012 at 12:29 p.m.

Sonya looks like something out of Mad Max. I kinda dig it.

#17
SnakeX said on May 9, 2012 at 12:32 p.m.

Yeah...not digging any of these really. Glad they went with what we got in MK9.

#18
HASJ said on May 9, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.

“Sonya, the daughter of a Texas Ranger whose sex appeal weakens her opponents while her Special Forces training kicks their asses.”

Poor desing at its BEST.

#19
MorningstarPAer said on May 9, 2012 at 12:46 p.m.

Poor Sonya, can't even get a pair of pants.

#20
TheMasterPlayer said on May 9, 2012 at 3:59 p.m.

Sonya's Penis scabbard,lol...

#21
shin_ono said on May 9, 2012 at 4:33 p.m.

lol that sonya dildo :D these designs are really cool tho

#22
WhyIDie said on May 9, 2012 at 7:28 p.m.

@5

Kano does look pretty badass, but he's still probably going to end up with an australian accent -_-

#23
Scorpion said on May 9, 2012 at 9:13 p.m.

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#24
DR_Jam said on May 9, 2012 at 9:14 p.m.

They all look great, but please, give Sonia some paints. Jeez!

I think they did the right choice by picking the more conventional character design since going too edgy could be too risky. But this looks awesome.

Question though, what is that yellow goo on Scorpion's garments?

#25
asadsidd said on May 10, 2012 at 3:36 a.m.

(This user was banned.)

#26
Prospect26 said on May 10, 2012 at 10:55 a.m.

These Skins/new looks or whatever you want to call them look Great to the MAX. They should of stuck with these type of looks and made something out of this. They should still do something with these looks.

#27
Schwoi said on May 10, 2012 at 11:01 a.m.

that scorpion design with the yellow paint is ingenious.
and sonya.... at least her face looks feminine, unlike the final MK9

#28


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