Although it’s been almost a year since Mortal Kombat X first released, the game is still trucking along thanks to a dedicated fan base and high profile tournament appearances. But soon, the Mortal Kombat fan base will come flooding back in larger numbers once Kombat Pack 2 hits.
Kombat Pack 2, for those who might not know, is the second major DLC pack for Mortal Kombat X. It will add four characters to the already-beefy roster, along with a few costumes and skins for the base game’s fighters. Moreover, Kombat Pack 2 will bring some guest fighters into the fray that are likely to increase Mortal Kombat X’s profile among casual players and horror fans.
For those players who do decide to jump onto the Mortal Kombat X train, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has announced Mortal Kombat XL, which features the base game, Kombat Packs 1 and 2, as well as all previously released cosmetic DLC items. Essentially, Mortal Kombat XL is the definitive version of the game and requires no Season Pass purchases. It will retail for $60.
But, any who already purchased Mortal Kombat X and Kombat Pack 1 separately may not be interested in another $60 purchase just to get four new DLC characters. For those players, WB has revealed that Kombat Pack 2 will retail for $20 by itself and net players all four of the upcoming DLC fighters and the costumes packs.
Speaking of those new fighters, developer NetherRealm Studios has put quite the eclectic cast together for Kombat Pack 2. Admittedly, the characters NetherRealm chose will spurn some of the more diehard MK fans, but guest characters have done well for them in the past, and there’s no reason to stop now.
Alien’s Xenomorph and Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are the two characters most will point to as either smart additions or casual fodder, with a hard split down the middle. Still, Freddy Krueger (in MK9), Jason Voorhees, and Predator proved very popular for Mortal Kombat and NetherRealm so it’s no surprise to see them double down on horror monsters/villains.
Ultimately, Kombat Pack 2 and Mortal Kombat XL fall in line with expectations as far as pricing is concerned. Warner Bros. isn’t asking too much for the content offered and they are promising to make sure players get their money’s worth. The bigger question, though, is whether less hardcore gamers are interested in coming back to the game just for a few additional characters.
How do you feel about the Kombat Pack 2 pricing? Will you return to Mortal Kombat X to check out the new roster additions?
Mortal Kombat XL releases March 1, 2016 for PS4 and Xbox One. No PC release is planned.