Mortal Kombat 1 Is Dropping Crossplay Functionality At Launch

NetherRealm has confirmed that it will arrive in a future update.

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  • Mortal Kombat 1 will not have cross-play functionality at launch, restricting players to the platforms for which they have bought the game.
  • The official Twitter account has confirmed that the team is hard at work to add the feature in a post-launch update.
  • MK1 has been subject to a rather unusual streak of leaks, with multiple significant pieces of information surfacing online prior to its launch.

Mortal Kombat 1 will not feature crossplay functionality at launch. This news comes directly from the official Twitter account, where a developer revealed that the feature is in the works, stating, “We are hard at work at implementing the feature into the game and it will be coming post-launch.” 

Unfortunately, this means that players on each of the platforms will be caged in online matchmaking until the feature is implemented. The main drawback of this restriction is that players might face added delays when looking for matches, especially on platforms where the install base is expected to be low. For example, MK1 players on the Nintendo Switch might face prolonged wait times in comparison to other platform users.

Some players have voiced their concerns about the launch of Mortal Kombat 1 without crossplay. They argue that one of the main drawbacks of MK11 on PC was not having access to a wider pool of players for matchmaking. While the upcoming entry may be receiving the feature in a patch after launch, the initial down phase appears to pose a problem for some.

NetherRealm’s confirmation regarding MK1 receiving crossplay in the future is reassuring. However, it doesn’t alleviate the immediate obstacles that players on all platforms will face. At the time, there is no confirmation on the release date of this post-launch update. Therefore, we advise players to plan their purchases in order to get the most value out of the game.


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Elsewhere, MK1 has been subject to a rather impressive streak of leaks, ever since its single-player mode was leaked via Brazilian retailers. Within the last week, the game’s entire roster in addition to three hours of story gameplay surfaced online. Furthermore, its trophy list was revealed ahead of the launch as well. Beyond the leaks, players appear to have some grievances with the appearance of Van Damme as well.

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That being said, Mortal Kombat 1 is slated to hit the shelves on September 19, 2023, for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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