The day many gamers have been waiting for has finally arrived, as NetherRealm Studios has launched the highly-anticipated fighting game Mortal Kombat X. One of the highlights of Mortal Kombat has been the over the top and gruesome fatality moves which players can perform after defeating their opponent. Requiring a specific input on the controller or keyboard with a limited amount of time to do so, fatalities can be tricky to pull off for players.
While NetherRealm has previously detailed that Mortal Kombat X would have a way for players to use easy fatalities, we're just now learning how gamers will be able to unlock these finishing moves. Players visiting online stores such as Xbox Live or PlayStation Network have come across a number of add-on packs for the core game, including the DLC character Goro, a Blue Steel Sub Zero skin, and a Samurai skin pack for three of the roster characters.
The most controversial DLC of the bunch is the easy fatality pack, which simplifies the fatality inputs for players. The easy fatalities can be purchased in bulk with five being sold at $0.99 cents and thirty selling for $4.99. Shockingly, purchasing all of the DLC being offered for Mortal Kombat X will cost players $122.95, on top of the initial $60 price tag for the base game. Fans not wanting to spend any money can also acquire these easy fatality 'koins' in the game's Krypt mode.
An "easy fatality" mode has always been a top request by fans, but this is the first time NetherRealm has offered a way for players to bypass actual gameplay to unlock something quickly for real money. While these microtransactions won't negatively affect gameplay, it remains a little surprising that a feature like this has been placed behind a paywall.
There's absolutely no denying that microtransactions are now a huge part of the video game industry, with Season Passes and bundles of game-specific items. The recently released Evolve is another game that launched with a huge amount of downloadable content and skins for purchase, with players able to spend $136 in just the available DLC. EA's Battlefield series is another game franchise that typically offers gamers shortcut packs for those not wishing to unlock items through normal progression. These shortcut packs appear to be a rising trend that promises to continue, as it's an easy way for publishers to gain money off of consumers.
What do you guys think? Are you okay with something like this or is it taking microtransactions too far? Sound off in the comments below.
Mortal Kombat X is now available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, with a PS3 and Xbox 360 release scheduled for the summer.