A European ratings listing for "Mortal Kombat Kollection Online" has given fresh hope for a retro remaster of the original arcade Mortal Kombat trilogy. A newly discovered PEGI entry is just the latest chapter in the decade long saga of the once-cancelled HD project. Read on for the full story:
Found on the official website for Pan European Game Information; Mortal Kombat Kollection Online is described as "... the original Mortal Kombat trilogy that MK fans always wanted. Upgraded art, gameplay, and online features provide an incredible experience that revives the "klassics"..."
Niche gaming sites Nintendoros and Gematsu began circulating the listing earlier today, attributed to Warner Brothers Entertainment UK, with a European rating of 18+ for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. If legitimate, a release date of January 21st, 2020 is likely a placeholder.
Sensational reports of an HD remake first emerged ten years ago. Four years later, the floodgates of confirmation finally opened, with Ed Boon discussing an abandoned Mortal Kombat II Director's Cut, while a fan-made remake of the first Mortal Kombat received a much-discussed cease & desist order from Warner Brothers.
Pictures confirming a photo shoot for live-action sprites soon followed, revealing new actors in the roles of characters from Mortal Kombat II and 3. Speaking to someone who worked on the ill fated project, MK Online learned it was unceremoniously cancelled after Warner Brothers had scaled back amidst concerns of a clash with the 2011 series reboot. "The game was only meant to be a filler before the [reboot] was out, so it's understandable why they didn't [want] a full game that would take the sales of the [MK2011]."
Last year, artist Danny Huynh released menu interface and fatality concept art that first revealed the Mortal Kombat Kollection Online title, also known as Mortal Kombat Remastered. The images allude to a drastically expanded range of modes and features beyond those included with the 2012 Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection. In a 2019 interview with Gameinformer, Ed Boon expressed skepticism about the sustained interest in an HD remake beyond the initial novelty.
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Fans are braced for something big in 2020, with Ed Boon calling Mortal Kombat 11 the end to the MK story, and promising a big surprise. An animated feature was just announced, but could the future of MK be the past in Mortal Kombat Kollection Online? Share your thoughts in the comments below and join the discussion in the 2D Kombat Klassics forum!