In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge fan of the classic 2D Mortal Kombat games. And I’m excited to report that the source code of Mortal Kombat 2’s arcade version has been leaked online.
This follows the leak of other older games, like Duke Nukem Forever 2001, PREY 1995 and Halo 3’s “Pimps at Sea” build. What’s really funny here is that most of them happened this month. I guess Santa was quite busy leaking all those older games.
But anyway, this leak reveals some interesting stuff. For instance, Johnny Cage’s fatality was meant to be more brutal. After uppercutting an enemy, their heads would be seriously messed up. Furthermore, Shao Kahn would have a fatality (but was cut for some reason).
Since the source code of MK2 is out in the wild, modders/hackers will be able to extract the sprites. In theory, and by using AI techniques, modders will be able to replace the original sprites with HD versions. In short, one day we might get a faithful HD remaster of this classic MK game.
But anyway, below you can find a video that shows off some of the cool stuff that people have uncovered so far!