- NetherRealm Studios faces backlash over Mortal Kombat 1's Halloween microtransactions, offers free fatalities.
- Anticipation for upcoming game releases including Baldur's Gate 3's Collector's Edition.
- Seasonal Fatalities bundle announced to quell criticism, includes three holiday-themed executions.
- NetherRealm Studios responds to high-cost criticism, offers bundle at no extra cost for previous buyers.
- Mixed player reactions to game's monetization efforts and pricing structure.
Free Halloween Fatality DLC: A Response to Backlash
NetherRealm Studios, the developer of the iconic Mortal Kombat 1, faced a wave of intense criticism due to the game's Halloween microtransactions. These included a chilling pumpkin-headed, maggot-filled finisher known as a Fatality. In response to the controversy, the studio has now decided to offer two additional fatalities for free to those who purchased the original one.
Upcoming Releases Beyond Mortal Kombat 1
Looking beyond Mortal Kombat 1, there's plenty happening in the gaming world. Fans are eagerly anticipating upcoming releases, including the much-awaited Baldur's Gate 3's Collector's Edition which celebrates D&D's connection to gaming. In addition, the top ten most-played games on Steam Deck's October 2023 edition have been announced.
Seasonal Fatalities Bundle: An Attempt to Quell the Criticism
Following the backlash, NetherRealm Studios took to Twitter on November 9, announcing the upcoming Seasonal Fatalities bundle. This bundle will include three holiday-themed executions - Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Winter. The Halloween fatality, which was heavily criticized for its high cost, will now be bundled with two other finishers at no extra cost. Despite previous microtransactions for character skins, this move by the developer has caused a stir among the player community.
Pricey Fatalities: A Bone of Contention
Many players expressed their frustration over the high cost of the Halloween fatality. They took to social media platforms to voice their disapproval of what they termed as "greedy business practices". In response to this criticism, NetherRealm Studios has promised to offer the Seasonal Fatalities bundle at no extra cost to those who had already purchased the Halloween fatality.
Seasonal Fatalities Bundle: What's the Cost?
While there were speculations that the Seasonal Fatalities bundle could cost around $30, NetherRealm Studios clarified that it would actually cost 1,200 Dragon Krystals (roughly $10). The bundle will be available from November 17. Despite this, many fans still remain unhappy with the game's monetization efforts.
Player Reactions: A Mixed Bag
Some players have suggested that the developer should provide more ways to earn Dragon Krystals, the premium in-game currency, by simply playing the game. Others have expressed their dissatisfaction over the high cost of fatalities. The response to NetherRealm Studios' decision has been largely mixed, with many players still voicing their concerns over the game's pricing structure.
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