Mortal Kombat 1 players find themselves disappointed this week after news broke that paid Fatalities will soon be added to the popular fighting game. In recent Mortal Kombat installments, NetherRealm Studios introduced paid content such as DLC fighters and story expansions. Now, they are taking it a step further by placing exclusive Fatalities behind a paywall, a move that hasn't been well received by fans.
Following a recent update, NetherRealm revealed that a "Halloween Finisher" would be available for purchase in the game's Premium Store, granting access to all in-game fighters in Mortal Kombat 1. While additional Fatalities post-launch might sound appealing, the decision to charge players extra for this content has generated backlash within the Mortal Kombat community.
Fans took to the game's official subreddit to share their concerns and frustrations. Some were upset that they couldn't use in-game "Seasonal Koins" to buy the Fatality, while others believed that many casual players would support this type of add-on, sending the wrong message to NetherRealm. Conversely, some argued that paid additions have become commonplace in modern video games, citing titles like Fortnite and Call of Duty.
In the subreddit discussion, user FistoPuncherelli urged players to vote with their wallets and boycott the paid Fatality. They emphasized that the more people refuse to purchase it, the stronger the message will be against these microtransactions. The hopes are that this move will discourage predatory practices from game developers.
To date, NetherRealm has not responded to this growing dissatisfaction among Mortal Kombat 1 players. It remains unclear if paid Fatalities will become a regular occurrence in the future. As the game has been out for over a month and this is the first instance of such paid content, it could potentially intensify frustration among long-time Mortal Kombat fans if it becomes a frequent practice.