Yesterday, the initial release of Tremor saw the end of the scheduled run of downloadable content set to release for Mortal Kombat X. However, it seems increasingly likely that the team at NetherRealm Studios isn’t quite ready to move on from the latest installment in the iconic fighting game series.
As part of the character’s launch festivities, the studio ran a Twitch stream to demonstrate some Tremor gameplay and interact with the game’s many fans. While there was no official announcement of more DLC, it was all but confirmed by some interesting phrasing that came late in the stream.
Towards the end of the broadcast, the Kombat Pack season pass was referred to as Kombat Pack 1 rather than the Kombat Pack. It seems pretty clear that the only reason a number would be added to the end of that title is if a second Kombat Pack was in the works for Mortal Kombat X.
In truth, it’s of little surprise that more DLC is being released for the game. We’ve already seen evidence of free content set to be offered in the future, so it makes sense that it would be subsidized by something that players would pay for.
Mortal Kombat X always seemed like a game intended to stand the test of time. Features like the Factions meta-game are designed to keep players invested, but for a fighting game the best method of doing that is delivering content that keeps the game fresh — and that largely boils down to new fighters.
Between the Mortal Kombat roster and the film and television properties NetherRealm has access to via the game’s publishers, Warner Bros., there’s no shortage of possibilities in that respect. The real question is what sort of DLC guest characters will be enough to retain the game’s player base.
Attention-grabbing guest stars like the Predator are a good start, but longtime fans of the series will perhaps be clamoring for tenured fighters. Non-playable fighters who made an appearance in the game’s story mode seem likely, but the release of Tremor demonstrates that no corner of the series’ history is off limits.
However, the main takeaway from this implied confirmation of more content for Mortal Kombat X is that DLC can be done right. Having delivered everything promised by the game’s first season pass, NetherRealm Studios look set to please an eager audience with more — which is really the way that this should work.
Mortal Kombat X is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. A PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 port is still expected to release this year.