Mortal Kombat 3 In Development
In Early Stage Of DevelopmentBelow are three pictures of Mortal Kombat 3, showing the game in one of the earlier stages of its development. The first one shows an early version of the character select screen, that still uses an old Mortal Kombat 1 and Mortal Kombat II sprites. The second and the third picture show a battle between Sindel and Jax. But the "Round 1" sprite is the one from the original Mortal Kombat. The "Fight" sprite has never been seen in previous game. Both were later replaced.
MotaroMotaro was tossed in as somewhat of a last-minute addition to MK3? There were plans to create a fighter with two big hammers as sub-boss, but this was scrapped. The hammer was given to Shao Kahn, and the Centaur was created to serve as sub-boss.
Johnny CageIn advertisements for MK3, Johnny Cage was killed by Motaro? Possibly Cage's death was directly related to Daniel Pesina's termination from Midway.
Cyrax and SektorDuring the development process of MK3 Sektor's and Cyrax' names were 'ketchup' and 'mustard'. Cyrax even had the name "Robocop" at one point.
SindelJust like Cyrax and Sektor, Sindel did not have a name for a long time during the production of the game. A name that was used for her was "Muchacha".
The Story Of StrykerOriginally, the character Kurtis Stryker was supposed to appear in MK1 at Sonya's place, but he was scrapped early in the development process when beta tests revealed player's interests on a female character (Sonya replaced him). Later, in MK2 Kurtis Stryker made it almost to the final game, but had his name changed at the last time to... Jax. Finally on MK3 a completely new character named Stryker made its appearance.
Stryker's victory pose had a different gun fire during the production of the game:
Sandman - KabalKabal's working name was Sandman. The original idea behind this character was to give him two buzzsaws instead of the tigerhooks. Later this character has been updated and Kabal was born.
The original design of Kabal also had a backpack and a coat. Unfortunately the technology that was used at the time did not allow them to be part of the costume. In Mortal Kombat: Deception the team had the opportunity to model the character according to the original idea behind him.