Mortal Kombat 11, the upcoming fighting game from developer NetherRealm Studios, has been shown to restrict features such as The Krypt, Towers of Time, and even character unlocks unless the player has active internet connections.
This news comes to light after one gamer managed to get his hands on a copy of the game early. He found he was unable to access much of the content. Though many players were hoping that the day one patch would fix the issue, he confirmed that he couldn’t access them even with the day one update installed.
The Towers of Time mode is modeled off of the popular Multiverse mode in Injustice 2, another game developed by NetherRealm Studios. Multiverse mode was a single-player series of battles which featured different rewards, rules, and gimmicks. The difference is – Multiverse was playable offline, while Towers of Time will not be.
The Krypt, a special feature in the Mortal Kombat games since Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, allows players to spend in-game currency to unlock things like new Fatalities, concept art, videos, and new characters. The in-game currency, Koins, has historically been earned via online and offline play.
The most worrisome feature locked behind a mandatory internet connection is the unlocking of characters. Though players may unlock some characters via normal gameplay and progression, they may not do so if they do not have an active internet connection. Players are attributing this to the fact that you can now buy the characters outright with real money instead of unlocking them the traditional way.
These restrictions were confirmed by NetherRealms Senior UI artist Daanish Syed on Twitter, though he later deleted the tweet.
This discovery has put many players on the defensive, especially those who’ve been looking forward to the Switch version. Nintendo’s handheld console, which is often played while commuting, on spotty Wi-Fi connections, or on trips where there may not be internet, will be hardest hit by Mortal Kombat 11’s always-online restrictions.
With Mortal Kombat 11’s trailer dropping only three days ago, and the official release two days from now, players are losing hope that a patch is going to fix these issues before launch.