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Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, a spinoff title focusing on Liu Kang, holds a special place in the hearts of countless fans of the gory fighting games. Now, there might be a chance it could be revived, if the creator has anything to say about it.
Released in 2005, Shaolin Monks retells the events of Mortal Kombat 2 from the perspectives of Liu Kang and Kung Lao, and it's actually the third spinoff in the series. Mythologies: Sub-Zero and Special Forces, following Bi-Han and Jax, weren't received well whereas Shaolin Monks showed that the third time's the charm when it comes to building a Mortal Kombat universe. Funnily enough, Shaolin Monks changed a lot about the plot of Mortal Kombat 2, portraying Kung Lao as headstrong, Liu Kang as immature and pitting the two characters against Scorpion in a boss battle. These differences faded into the background though, as the Ko-op mode was so entertaining - allowing players to conduct special team attacks and enter unreachable areas for extra items.
Earlier this year, we challenged Mortal Kombat actors Ludi Lin and Max Huang - who play Liu Kang and Kung Lao - to a game of Guess The Fatality. Honestly, Ludi's Mileena impression must be seen to be believed. Check it out below.
Ed Boon, one of the creators of Mortal Kombat, put a proposition to his followers on Twitter this week. It was a poll that posed the question of remastering one of four games: Mortal Kombat Deception, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, Mortal Kombat 9 and Mortal Kombat 2. The winner, far and away, was Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks with more than 45% of the 147,312 votes. Excitingly, the enthusiasm for a possible remastered version of spinoff from 2005 caused the game to reach the top trends on Twitter in the United States.
Naturally, Boon's Tweet is hardly an admission that the game is going to get a lick of paint, but developer NetherRealm hasn't ruled out returning to the roster of past Mortal Kombat titles. Two years ago, the creator said that the company had "talked about doing remasters of some of the older games" and that Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks was "one of the ones that have been asked for doing a remastered version and we're thinking of it." Never say never, and we'll keep our eyes peeled for news on this front.
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