NetherRealms Studios’ Mortal Kombat 11 is already being discounted just a day after its release.
On Amazon, the base version of Mortal Kombat 11 is marked down 17%. The game, which originally costs $59.99 has been reduced to $49.94.
The Mortal Kombat 11: Premium Edition for Xbox One is also heavily discounted at 10% off. It was originally $99.99. It has been reduced to $89.94.
And as Twitter user Warior64 points out, these discounts are across the major gaming platforms and include PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and the Xbox One.
— Wario64 (@Wario64) April 24, 2019
If you happened to pre-order Mortal Kombat 11, you missed out on a huge discount right out of the gate.
Reasons for the Discount
NetherRealm Studios nor Mortal Kombat have issued a statement as to why the game has already been discounted.
Supposedly this game was highly anticipated, and it also enjoyed generally positive reviews from critics about the story and gameplay. It currently enjoys a Metacritic Metascore of 83. It also has a User score of 7.8. Solid numbers to say the least.
So what are we missing?
YouTuber YongYea points out that Mortal Kombat 11 features microtransactions for the different outfits for the fighters. He also notes the game does feature quite a bit of grinding in Tower Mode and a troublesome RNG drop system.
It’s quite possible the game has been discounted in order to get more users to maximize profits with their microtransaction system. It might be worth a 15% discount if you can bring in more players who are willing to spend even more on the in-game microtransactions.
However, another reason could be the increasing number of controversies the game has been facing leading up to launch. Mortal Kombat 11 has been heavily criticized with how they radically altered their character designs for most of their female characters including Sonya Blade, Jade, and Skarlet. The game was also blasted for its new design of Sheeva, where a number of people compared the four eyed woman to Charles Barkley.
In fact the game was accused of being sexist because they decided to cover up the characters and blamed the changes on realism. No one was buying the bit on realism given this is a Mortal Kombat game whose most prominent claim to fame was ripping people’s spines out of their bodies, and their iconic fatalities.
Despite the a fan petition requesting Mortal Kombat 9 costumes be made an option, NetherRealm Studios indicated no such plans were in the works.
NetherRealm Studios boss Ed Boon spoke to Playboy where he explained why the female characters are more covered up:
“Well, it made a little more sense to have them dressed, especially if they’re going to be in combat. I don’t know how many people wear a bikini to a fight. And also with technology, especially with Mortal Kombat 11, we’re able to display our characters with more fidelity, detail and realism than we ever have, and that includes materials, like we can suddenly do something that really looks like leather, like steel, like cloth, like suede, like velvet, you know? All of those things we didn’t have the ability to do before, and so that lets us make much more interesting, realistic costumes, and so we really just kind of gravitated in that direction.”
The game has also come under fire for its treatment of Jax and his ending in Tower Mode, where the staunchly patriotic character makes an about face and begins preaching about being “woke.”
In fact, Mortal Kombat 11’s Daanish Syed might have made things worse as he stated people criticizing Jax’s ending should not be called “fans.”
Syed also indicated the game removed Johnny Cage’s use of the ‘okay’ sign because of “nazis.”
It has also included a reference to Donald Trump using the franchise’s most infamous villain Shao Khan.
What do you think of the price drop at launch? Is NetherRealm attempting to get ahead of possible backlash from fans by sweating the pot a bit? And what about pre-orders? How do you think those buyers feel about this? Let me know your thoughts!