While Mortal Kombat X has been making headlines for its fatalities, its new eSports league and its new ‘Quitality’ feature, one of the most talked about things in the game is its character roster. A phenomenal amount of characters have already been announced for the game including returning favorites like Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade and new characters like gunslinger Erron Black.
And these are just the characters from the base game. Mortal Kombat X will also get plenty of downloadable content too, with new skins and characters being offered. There are four DLC packs in total and some of the content includes Predator and Jason Voorhees (from the Friday the 13th series) as playable characters and horror and Predator-themed skins.
While new fans and returning Mortal Kombat players will be able to find a reason to buy the DLC, developer NetherRealm Studios wants to draw even more people in. The developer has revealed Mortal Kombat X players will be able try before they buy via the game’s newly announced Tower Mode. Speaking to AngryJoe, the game’s director Ed Boon explained:
“Every day when you come on, there’s going to be three Towers in the Living Towers section. One changes every hour, one changes every day, and one is called a Premiere Tower, which is like an event tower. So for instance, if Jason comes along, we’re going to have a Jason Tower, where you play as Jason and fight up in it–and you can even use that tower if you didn’t even purchase Jason. So it’s really cool, it gives players a taste of what the character is like to play.”
This method may help many players get a real feel for what the DLC characters are like. In Tower Mode, players go through a tower battling different kombatants and as they beat them and reach the higher levels, the enemies will gradually get more difficult. A typical demo mode might not be so useful as it would only test a character against a normal level opponent, but in Tower Mode, players can see how they hold up against tougher fighters.
Unfortunately, Boon didn’t reveal how long those event towers would last or how often they would change. The changes to the Premiere Tower will need to coincide with the release of each of the four DLC packs but it’s unclear if Premiere Tower events will take place in between DLC releases. And, if NetherRealm wants people to buy the DLC, it doesn’t make sense for them to let people play it for free for long amounts of time, as players won’t feel a need to hand over their money. The developer has yet to confirm those plans yet but Game Rant will keep you updated once more information is available.
Do you think Mortal Kombat X‘s DLC strategy is a good idea? Should more games let people try DLC before they buy it?
Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on April 14, 2015.