Rambo, RoboCop, and Terminator T-800 are among the characters revamped to fit Mortal Kombat: Deception’s aesthetic style.
A Mortal Kombat 11 fan recreated the MK11 roster in the style of Mortal Kombat: Deception, imagining how the 36-character select screen will seem in the 2004 fighting game. The Mortal Kombat franchise has had several iterations, with 11 core titles and 26 including spin-offs, crossovers, and updates to the main series. While the gruesome battle series appears to have no end in sight – especially given the recent success of the film adaptation – fans are still interested in the game’s past. Despite NetherRealm’s departure from Mortal Kombat, the Mortal Kombat community continues to engage with older releases.
After NetherRealm stated that support for its most current Mortal Kombat game, MK11, would be discontinued this summer, Injustice 3 became a Twitter trend. MK11 received two years of devoted maintenance, with ongoing DLC material since its release in 2019. Several updates have been released to nerf or boost characters to make MK11 more competitive, while others have added new characters to the game’s extensive roster. Several 80s action movie icons, such as John Rambo, RoboCop, and The Terminator, were included in MK11 and other well-known characters such as The Joker and Spawn. NetherRealm’s steady support aided MK11’s longevity, but like with many big games, the studio was always looking forward to the next project. While the community waits for that project — whether it’s Injustice 3 or a Marvel vs. DC fighting game – fans remember the old Mortal Kombat games.
MK11’s roster was rebuilt in Mortal Kombat: Deception’s graphical style by Reddit user nikita bein. Almost all MK11’s characters, including the DLC additions, are represented on the 36-character choice screen. Mileena, Baraka, and Shao Kahn are among the characters on the list that Nikita bein highlighted in the video as if considering which MK11 character to play. The Mortal Kombat: Deception aesthetic is completed by each character’s difficulty rating and three available versions.
Mortal Kombat: Deception garnered positive reviews upon release, helping propel the franchise into the console era. The game received positive reviews from critics and fans alike once it was released on all major systems at the time, including the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and then the GameCube a year later. The art style of Mortal Kombat: Deception, which was unique at the time, not only from other games but also from previous Mortal Kombat sequels, was praised by many. Its 27-character roster also contained more moves and fatalities than previous Mortal Kombat games, stretching the series’ limits.
Though NetherRealm has officially ceased support for Mortal Kombat 11, Nikita bein’s rebuilt Mortal Kombat 11 roster demonstrates that the community is still active. Unfortunately, mortal Kombat fans will have to do with the 26 prior titles that are already accessible until Mortal Kombat 12 is released.