Is MK4's Arcade Port Being Re-released In The Future?

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Is MK4's Arcade Port Being Re-released In The Future?

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<!--Tags: mk1, mk2, mk3, umk3, mkt, mk4, mkg, mkx, mkxl, midway--> Arcade1Up has already re-released all of the Mortal Kombat games from the Arcade era that have been released in the Arcades: Mortal Kombat 1, Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat 3 Vanilla and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and more than once actually. There is however, on exception, and the game in question is Mortal Kombat 4. While that game is available on GOG, this is the PC port of MK4, and while it is good for what it is, it's a far cry from the original Arcade version. As a matter of fact, all home ports of MK4 didn't get close enough to the Arcade version, as MK4 was developed with a special graphic chip called Zeus, developed by Midway themselds, and that caused all of the home ports of the game to be very far in quality from the Arcade version, unlike the 2D MK games which all had at least one great home port each, even back in the 90's.

It seems however that there is a movement for bringing back MK4 in it's Arcade version, along with the proper hashtag of #FreeMK4. Ed Boon himself noticed that and responded to it with this Tweet, showcasing an MK4 Arcade cabinet with the iconic Quan Chi side panel along with an image of Quan Chi himself from Mortal Kombat XL:
Of course there is no guarantee that this will lead to anything, but the movement to bring back the Arcade version of MK4 seems to be going strong. A similar movement happened not too long ago for Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 from the Marvel Vs. Capcom series, which ultimately led to the re-release of that game by Arcade1Up just a few weeks ago, and it already sold out. On top of that, while Ed Boon and NetherRealm Studios are ultimately bent to the authority of WB Games, Boon can have a convincing speech with WB when it comes to crucial or very beneficial matters, such as he did for the PC port of MKXL. Yes we all know how it began, and it's still like that for an extend even now, but it's still at a much better state nowadays, and it's all thanks to Ed Boon.

All things considered, this can lead to the re-release of MK4 in it's original Arcade version to finally come to fruition, at the very least via Arcade1Up, if not even via home consoles and PC as well. Let's hope that WB would see the value in such investment, which will at the end benefit everyone.

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