While there was some controversy regarding DLC plans for Mortal Kombat X ahead of the game’s release, it’s safe to say that NetherRealm Studios has done right by its fans thus far. The content planned is sensibly priced and looks set to make worthwhile additions to the title — plus, it’s buoyed by a selection of free content.
A good example is the selection of Klassic Kostumes being made available alongside patches. This is the sort of content that would typically be offered as a paid add-on in today’s climate, but instead NetherRealm are including individual skins with patches as an added incentive for players to stay up-to-date.
Now, Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios revealed some of the Klassic Kostumes set for the future has uncovered some other free content scheduled to be added to Mortal Kombat X. This time, it’s a set of character skins themed around the culture and customs of Brazil.
The three skins include a soccer-inspired outfit for Johnny Cage and a capoeira costume that allows Liu Kang to unleash his inner Eddy Gordo. Meanwhile, Kung Lao receives an attire that draws upon the tradition of South America’s Gaucho cowboys.
The game already received a Samurai pack that included outfits that drew on Japanese culture, fitting given that the country has always played a big part in the series’ mythos. Mortal Kombat doesn’t have such strong ties with Brazil, so it’s less clear what prompted the creation of this selection of skins.
It might be an indication that we’re going to see a range of countries represented in the game via free skin packs. Or, it could be a sign that plans for the game stretch far into the future — a Brazil pack might seem odd if it released next week, but it might be set to become available when the Rio Olympics are drawing close a year from now.
That timeline may seem unrealistic for content that seems to be complete, but we do know for sure that NetherRealm Studios are making plans for 2016. A recent leak of upcoming Living Tower challenges listed seasonal Towers for April Fools’ Day and Easter, neither of which were used in 2015.
Whatever the impetus behind it, content like this costume pack is a great way of keeping a game like Mortal Kombat X fresh. Fighting games live and die by their communities, so it’s promising to see that NetherRealm Studios doing everything possible to keep players invested.
Mortal Kombat X is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version are scheduled to release before the end of the year.