Ed Boon Posts Screenshot of Original Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks Prototype

The original version of the game was a single-player adventure starring Raiden.

This year marks the 25th anniversary since the first Mortal Kombat game appeared in arcades. While NetherRealm Studios is busy planning for the anniversary, Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon has been busy on Twitter traversing down memory lane. Like today for instance when Boon posted a rare image of a prototype version of Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks back when it starred Raiden.

Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks is a 2005 co-op adventure game from the now defunct Midway Los Angeles studios. Directed by Boon, Shaolin Monks was a spinoff of the popular fighting game that took the bloody franchise and transformed it into a co-op beat-em-up adventure game starring two Mortal Kombat characters: Liu Kang and Kung Lao.

The image Boon posted on Twitter is apparently from earlier in development where instead of a co-op game, Shaolin Monks was originally a single-player adventure starring Raiden.

While it's unknown why Midway LA changed directions on the game, Shaolin Monks is one of the more popular Mortal Kombat spinoffs among Mortal Kombat fans. Shaolin Monks was praised for the way the game translated the fighting game's combos and fatalities for the new genre, and the co-op functionality was likewise very popular, although some complained the game was impossible to play by yourself.

Since Boon posted the image, fans are now asking for some kind of modern re-release, remaster, or even a sequel for Shaolin Monks. Maybe as a part of the 25th anniversary of Mortal Kombat where Boon teased more than one surprise for fans this year.

We won't know what surprises NetherRealms has in store until the actual anniversary—which is on October 8—but even Boon just posted the image for nostalgia's sake, it's cool to see what the original version of Shaolin Monks looked like before the big change.

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