August 18th, 2009
10:23 AM CST -
This week some proof of a cancelled sequel to fan favorite Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks was discovered. The details found the personal website of a Matthew Doyle, a former Midway Los Angeles employee, who posted some level design concept from a Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks 2, which was marked as cancelled.

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When FDMK questioned him about the title, Matthew said that the game was cancelled early on his tenure at the company, and at the time was working under the codename of Fire and Ice because of the use of Scorpion and Sub-Zero.

Matthew Doyle: It was canceled within a few weeks of my arriving at Midway. I don't have anything else to show you unfortunately. Half the studio was laid off, and new management was brought in. Then we started work on TNA Wrestling.

A prototype level was built, but that was it. A few design docs were worked on, and a few characters were made in 3D - Scorpion and Subzero. The game was codenamed Fire & Ice - as those two characters were to be the main characters. I was really looking forward to doing level design and construction for it. It was a shame it was canceled.

Since Matthew only worked for Midway for the period of a year from April 2006 — April 2007 according to his LinkedIn profile so it's very likely the game was cancelled in April or May of 2006 since after that the Los Angeles studio started to focus on the TNA Impact project before the studio was merged with the San Diego studios in 2008.

Does this mean we'll never see a sequel? No, just means a version of the game that was worked on in the Spring of 2006 was shelved. We have no idea or knowledge if the game ever was picked up again for development, but we doubt this is the last we'll hear about another Mortal Kombat Adventure game.

Reader Komments from the TRMK Forums:

August 18th, 2009 12:36 PM CST - Tim Static

August 18th, 2009 4:14 PM CST - Glamador
That's too bad. But I don't think it has any bearing on the rumored MK Adventure game from a few months ago. So I still have hope for that one.
August 18th, 2009 5:51 PM CST - DCR
Damn! They were actually going to give us the Scorpion/Sub-Zero game we all wanted. Tragic. I demand vengeance.
August 18th, 2009 11:02 PM CST - Snow
As I said in the shoutbox earlier: Noooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
August 19th, 2009 6:47 PM CST - The 7th Number
I loved MKSM, all it needed was a sequel similar, with co op online play. Sorry to hear that this was canceled.
August 26th, 2009 1:51 AM CST - Mads
How disappointing eh?
September 11th, 2009 12:53 PM CST - gamer1212
November 3rd, 2009 2:26 PM CST - GrandMasterTRS
OH man that makes me very sad but I hope that MKSM2 comes someday back. The good thing is that the MK team got much more time for ideas and stuff for MK9. I hear that the working titel was Fire Vs. Ice.^^ sounds like a Scorpion and Sub-Zero history game like mk mythologies^^.
November 12th, 2009 1:39 PM CST - Kona
Bummer. I would like to see MK:SM2..
November 18th, 2009 11:49 PM CST - KCJ506
That sucks.
November 27th, 2009 1:24 PM CST - Scornpion
dude that sux. how come evrytime thers gonto be a new MK they scrap it. that sux. as long as they dont scrap MK9 Il be okay but if they do Il belike dude you guys blow frigin chunks
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