Mortal Kombat 1’s launch stirred a mix of emotions among fans, with its limited features in the online play mode drawing ‘Mostly Positive’ reviews that left us somewhat disappointed. However, a recent leak from a reliable source suggests that NetherRealm Studios has some exciting plans to revamp the multiplayer experience in their latest installment in the iconic fighting game series.
The leak comes from X (Twitter) user thetiny, a trustworthy source with a history of accurately revealing Mortal Kombat-related information. thetiny shared datamined code snippets in a recent post, unveiling the developers’ intentions to introduce Online Lobbies and Online Practice to Mortal Kombat 1. According to thetiny, Online Lobbies is expected to roll out alongside the Peacemaker DLC, slated for release in February 2024.
The highly anticipated crossplay feature (krossplay?) is also reportedly set to debut in February 2024, possibly alongside or following the Peacemaker DLC. While there’s no official confirmation about these new features, speculation is rife that NetherRealm Studios might be gearing up for a big update that bundles these features and improvements together. Call it wishful thinking, but it would undoubtedly be a fantastic way for NRS to address the disappointment some fans felt with MK1’s initial online offering!
Surprisingly, it has been almost five months since the game’s release on all platforms, and it is yet to feature a fully-fledged lobby system, a feature that was present in Mortal Kombat 11, the previous title. Mortal Kombat 1’s launch without these expected features left fans feeling like something was missing, leading to hilarious remarks like “So they are completing the game now?” and “Sounds like MK1 is finally going come out of the beta run and release fully” under thetiny’s posts.
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