Mortal Kombat developers, who were called Midway back in the day, wanted to create a Star Wars game after the original Mortal Kombat, but the success of the brutal fighter killed their plans.
It is safe to say that Mortal Kombat is one of the biggest, if not the biggest fighting game of all time. Released way back in 1992, the original Mortal Kombat laid the foundations for what became the world's most popular fighting game franchise.
However, things could be a lot different back in the day as the developers, who were called Midway at that time wanted to do a Star Wars game, instead of a Mortal Kombat sequel. Speaking in the latest Mortal PodKast, John Tobias, who as part of Mortal Kombat's development team early on, said that Midway did not expect to do a sequel and instead, had plans for a Star Wars game.
"I remember having a loose idea of where the story would go if there would be a sequel. We didn’t think that there would be a sequel. In fact, when we finished the first game Ed and I thought "Oh what do we want to do next?" And we really wanted to do a Star Wars game, we were pushing our management to let us do a Star Wars product," Tobias said.
However, the game's popularity skyrocketed and the management wanted a sequel, so Midway started working on it soon after that. Tobias also revealed how Star Wars franchise inspired them to create Mortal Kombat universe with its iconic characters and give players a feeling of a much bigger world.
"When I saw Star Wars when I was a kid, they alluded to an emperor and empire, all this stuff that they really didn’t get into the weeds with. It wasn’t until Empire Strike Back that you really learn that there really is an Emperor. As that stuff was revealed to me as a kid, it was mind-blowing. So I remember being conscious between the first and second Mortal Kombat of wanting players to have that sense of "oh there’s a bigger world" that has been alluded to and give them the sense that this is larger than we thought," he expained.
Sadly, NetherRealm will probably stick to Injustice and Mortal Kombat franchise since EA has all the rights for Star Wars games. That being said, it would be really interesting to see a Star Wars fighting game. We already got a taste of it in Soulcalibur 4, which featured Darth Vader and Joda. Check out their fight here.