May 15th, 2012
12:05 PM CST -
Artists will often display their concept art on their websites after a game is completed as part of their résumé, which can offer a glimpse into an alternate version of the game, or feature stuff that was never put to use for various reasons. In the latest example, Daanish Syed, an artist at NetherRealm Studios, has posted some unused concept designs from various Mortal Kombat projects over on his website. The posts appear to be a few months old, but too good not to share with the community.

One of the most interesting concepts comes from the PlayStation Vita port of Mortal Kombat (2011), which demonstrates an impressive Interactive Main Menu using the touch-screen. Unfortunately, this didn't make the game, likely due to time constraints.



Here's an original proof of concept for Mortal Kombat (2011)'s King of the Hill mode, complete with MK trivia and a humorous cell phone warning from everyone's favorite ninja specter.



Last but not least, here's some avatar themes from a would-be Xbox 360 dashboard theme. While Xbox users got Mortal Kombat themed avatar costumes, no dashboard theme was ever offered. The theme sections appear to be styled after some of the arenas from the game.

Mortal Kombat Xbox Avatar Theme Mortal Kombat Xbox Avatar Theme
Mortal Kombat Xbox Avatar Theme


Other concepts he has posted include some title sequences for Mortal Kombat Legacy, the Test Your Slice title animation for Mortal Kombat (2011) on the PlayStation Vita, and a variant of the NetherRealm Studios logo animation used on Arkham City Lockdown.

Reader Komments from the TRMK Forums:



May 15th, 2012 12:10 PM CST - Patrick McCarron
Congrats on your first post Jason, and welcome to the TRMK Team!
May 15th, 2012 12:17 PM CST - Noob+Saibot
Wow! Love this kind of stuff! Thanks and welcome!
May 15th, 2012 12:17 PM CST - Commander
These are some pretty cool concepts. It's a shame that the MK trivia didn't make it into KOTH. It would have been a nice little 20 year nod to the MK franchise.
May 15th, 2012 12:31 PM CST - killa1b
I really like that King of the Hill koncept, that's a good one.
May 15th, 2012 12:34 PM CST - Dedamn666
The KOTH design looked so much better. What a shame. Nevermind.
May 15th, 2012 12:36 PM CST - Flying Jinko
Wow, these concepts....mind blowing! It would have been really cool if that king of the hill concept was used in game.
May 15th, 2012 1:04 PM CST - squirrelpion
aw man, doing mk trivia in between koth matches would have been awesome. maybe next game they'll have time to incorporate that.
May 15th, 2012 1:55 PM CST - LeingodX
What a shame the Vita menu didn't make it. It would've been much better than the regular menu... giving the Vita version a personality of its own. Hope they add it later or something, but that's just wishful thinking.
May 15th, 2012 2:17 PM CST - YungQ94
Ah man that KOTH design looks so good D:
May 15th, 2012 5:05 PM CST - Metal Overlord
They had BETTER use that KOTH concept in MK10 It even had MK trivia
May 15th, 2012 7:39 PM CST - Sky Valley
Originally Posted by : Jason Shearer
If this had happened I would have definitely used it as my dashboard back when I had a 360. great find
May 15th, 2012 10:22 PM CST - luxul
MK Trivia really would've been a treat. And judging from the KOTH video, a replay theater is another missing concept that would've been a great feature in MK9. I like how you may have had the ability rotate the camera. I would watch MK replays all day, if it were included. Awesome post. I hope most of these concepts make it into future MK titles.
May 17th, 2012 1:11 AM CST - THE JOHNNY ROOK
Originally Posted by : luxul
MK Trivia really would've been a treat. And judging from the KOTH video, a replay theater is another missing concept that would've been a great feature in MK9. I like how you may have had the ability rotate the camera. I would watch MK replays all day, if it were included. Awesome post. I hope most of these concepts make it into future MK titles.
Where do you see replay functionality with the ability to rotate? I want to see that!
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