"There actually is a plan to bring back Karateka," Mechner revealed during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, as reported by Gamasutra. "It's a project I'm going to be involved in. I can safely say it's not going to be in the way you expect."
The designer later confirmed that the project will indeed be a video game, but offered no details on platforms, development studio, or a possible release date.
Released in 1984, Karateka featured fluid animations similar to those that defined Prince of Persia, which first arrived in 1989. Prince of Persia was then brought into the modern era by Ubisoft Montreal and Mechner with 2003's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the success of which resulted in a number of sequels and a feature film.
So many fond memories of not switching to battle stance and getting one shot.
And you crumpled rather realistically, to have no rag-doll physics.