Mortal Kombat 1 Faces Backlash For Premium Halloween Fatalities, Microtransactions

Zinger Key Points
  • Mortal Kombat 1 has sparked outrage among fans with paid microtransactions for seasonal Fatalities.
  • Players cite concerns about setting a troubling precedent.

Warner Bros. Discovery Inc's WBD NetherRealm's latest installment in the Mortal Kombat series, Mortal Kombat 1, has stirred controversy among fans due to its introduction of paid microtransactions for seasonal Halloween Fatalities.

While the game has maintained its tradition of delivering gory and thrilling finishing moves, some enthusiasts are dismayed by the new paywall for these special moves, Kotaku reported.

See Also: Discover What's New In Mortal Kombat 1's Latest Gameplay Patch

The recent Oct. 23 patch notes for Mortal Kombat 1 brought various gameplay and performance enhancements, including improved AI and more balanced combat.

One of the new Halloween Fatalities involves smashing a jack-o'-lantern onto the opponent's face, causing insects to emerge, followed by a powerful kick to detach their head, which then soars through space before landing on a Halloween-decorated porch.

The company also quietly introduced the concept of premium Halloween Finishers, which require payment. These Finishers, set to appear in the Premium Store later, were teased with leaked footage in September.

Fans are disappointed by this pay-to-access feature, expressing concerns about developers establishing a troubling precedent of charging for Fatalities and potentially introducing more paid content in the future.

Some players see this as a greedy move by the developers, especially for those who have already purchased premium editions of the game.

While Mortal Kombat 1 does offer a free Halloween Variant, it doesn't alleviate the frustration of additional payments in a game that players believed they had already paid for.

See Also: Mortal Kombat 1 For Nintendo Switch Under Fire: Low-Quality Experience At $70

Photo: Hamara on Shutterstock.

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