Last month, Mortal Kombat X conquered the eSports world and the sales charts, but NetherRealm’s gory brawler isn’t done yet. The game’s first DLC add-on, the Horror Pack, arrived this week, with three classic monster-themed skins for members of Mortal Kombat X’s base roster and Friday the 13th icon Jason Voorhees as a playable character.
The Horror Pack is free for players who purchased Mortal Kombat X’s season pass, and can be bought individually for $7.99. That’s a lot of money for a few cosmetic changes and one new character, but NetherRealm isn’t asking players to blindly shell out their hard-earned dough. For a limited time, NetherRealm is offering players a chance to try out Jason Vorhees free-of-charge, making it easy for them to decide whether or not the masked slasher is worth a purchase.
Jason’s free trial lasts through the weekend, and can be accessed via Mortal Kombat X’s Living Towers. By navigating to the Premiere Tower, players will have the option to step into Jason’s bloody shoes and take on a variety of Mortal Kombat’s most formidable fighters. Players won’t be able to choose which of Jason’s combat variations they’ll use – that’s set automatically – but all three formations will be part of the rotation as players climb the tower. Act quickly, however; Jason disappears behind the DLC paywall again on Monday.
There’s already a lot of information about Jason out there – his fatalities appeared on the Internet weeks ago, while another video revealed all three of his fighting variations: Slasher, Relentless, and Unstoppable. However, while this weekend’s trial may not contain much in the way of surprises, it’ll be the first chance that many players have to try Mr. Vorhees out for themselves. In a world where high priced DLC is increasingly common, it’s nice to see NetherRealm reaching out to its more financially conservative fans, even if it’s only for a weekend.
Jason and the Horror Pack isn’t the only Mortal Kombat X DLC planned. NetherRealm previously announced three other pieces of DLC: the “Hunter Pack,” which introduces the Predator from the 1980’s film of the same name, as well as two “Klassic” packs, which bring long-time Mortal Kombat characters Tanya and Tremor into the series’ latest iteration.
In addition, series creator Ed Boon teased that characters who appeared in Mortal Kombat X’s story mode but were left off of the playable roster could appear via Story Pack DLC; one of those characters, Rain, has been the subject of even more speculation, although Boon could just be giving his fans a hard time. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time.