Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Pricing Angers Fans

With the announcement of Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, fans of the famous fighting franchise have noticed unfair discrepancies in the pricing of its new downloadable content; but is this a part of the gaming world we just need to get used to?

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Pricing Angers Fans

The surge of downloadable content has become a staple in the gaming industry for years now, with constant debates circulating around both the morality and necessity of charging players extra for additional features, characters or story. Mortal Kombat 11 may be the latest game to fall under scrutiny for doing this after announcing prices for its most recent DLC, Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath. 

In a recent Reddit post, fans of the game noted just how extreme the pricing was for the upcoming expansion. One expansion pack has already been released for the game, which featured 6 additional characters and a few bundles of cosmetic items; it retailed for $39.99. The Aftermath expansion will be another $39.99, bringing along new story chapters and three new characters. 

All in all, players who bought the game on day one, and who picked up the DLC as it dropped—including Aftermath, will have spent a grand total of $140. As expected, many weren’t thrilled over this revelation.  

“I’m not going to spend upwards $200 or more (which it will come out to be with future content) on a single game. That’s absurd,” said one comment. Another called it “a kick in the teeth for everyone who supported the game from the start, especially when you see what the other offers are.” 

One look at the bundles being offered for Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath reveals why some players have been irritated by the pricing. For those who have yet to buy Kombat Pack 1, a bundle that includes both it and Aftermath, is available for $49.99, effectively slashing off $29.99. The biggest savings for newcomers is in the Kollection pack, which includes the base game and both expansions for only $59.99.

The three bundles offered for Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath

The three bundles offered for Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath

This means diehard fans—who wouldn’t want to wait a year before playing—are paying more than double the price of the base game to keep up with DLC releases, while more casual players—who might not have an issue putting off the purchase—only have to pay a fraction of the price.

There are some players who don’t have an issue with this. “I’m not afraid to pay $140 total for Mortal Kombat, [a] game that I’ve gotten hundreds of hours of entertainment out of,” read one countering comment. “If I get another 50+ hours out of each one it’s worth it to me and reasonable.” 

Longtime fans of the franchise will be no stranger to this type of controversy. In 2011, Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition was released a year after the reboot’s original drop date. No doubt due to the success of its predecessor, Mortal Kombat X did the same thing with Mortal Kombat XL, this time facing an increase in backlash from fans who had already invested heavily in the game. 

So will things be different this time around? Will players decide to boycott this new expansion or demand some kind of discount for buying early? 

Chances are heavy that answer will be a firm no. The Mortal Kombat series has been one of the most popular and longest running video game series in history, leaving a mark on the industry that will never fade away. With Mortal Kombat 11 easily becoming one of the best-selling games released in 2019, there’s no doubt that players will continue to support NetherRealm in whatever they do with the franchise.

Mortal Kombat XL received the same treatment in 2016

Mortal Kombat XL received the same treatment in 2016

Despite the debates around cost and DLC, it’s clear the creators behind Mortal Kombat have a special connection with their fans most developers can only dream of experiencing. Ed Boon’s Twitter presence remains one of the most fun aspects about being a Mortal Kombat fan, and from releasing love-letter stages to incorporating cheeky fan-servicing elements into their games, it’s evident NetherRealm loves their fans just as much as they love them. With such a strong bond between player and developer, you can see why something like a grand total of $140 for a single game—extras included—might be overlooked. 

However, this type of trust can be incredibly easily to manipulate. 

It may never be revealed who exactly is behind the pricing of Mortal Kombat’s DLC. While it’s more likely Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment—who publishes and therefore profits off each iteration of the franchise—is the driving force behind setting costs, there’s more variables now than ever. Video game production is only getting more expensive, meaning studios like NetherRealm face roadblocks if their publisher expects any dips in profits

Still, who’s to say this type of release strategy isn’t the only thing keeping developers comfortable, creative and as confident in what they create as they are now? Without the massive amounts of success—and money—brought from both the base game and DLC, perhaps NetherRealm wouldn’t be as capable of making such quality products were they distracted by the looming fist of a massive publisher like Warner Bros. 

Or maybe it’s just greed.

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One thing’s for sure: gamers are starting to notice. Whether or not they act on it remains just as uncertain as the reasoning behind WB’s recent business decisions. Unfortunately, controversies like the one sparked by Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath could soon become nothing more than another change in the gaming industry we’ll all have to grow used to. That is, unless consumers push publishers to start thinking differently. Even then, we may see consequences emerge towards both fans and developers should earnings sink. 

Do you think it’s worth it? 

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath arrives on May 26th.

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Marc

It’s all about moving the product. One major problem that expanding video games has is diminishing returns. Unless you can introduce more people to a game, every expansion released can be expected to sell fewer units than the one before it. Eventually making it pointless to continue supporting it. To compensate, you need to get your game into as many more hands as possible. The best way to do that is to lower the price to entice new players. Anyone that hasn’t yet been willing to pay full price for it, isn’t going to magically be willing to later.

An name

Everyones complaining, we knew this was going to happen, MK 9 did it, same with X and also injustice 1 and 2. it just business, repackage everything, tweek it a little and re sell it, instant customers, games go on sale and get cheaper all the time, you should have known and if you bought it at launch why are you complaining, you got it a year earlier then the rest of us.

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Scooobb

Yeah its very dumb, my brothers and I bought the Definitive edition worth $100. But, the Kollection pack with MK11, Kombat Pack 1, and Aftermath is only $60. What the hell, Netherealm?! Its should be at least $100. Aftermath is also $40!! There should be a fair discount if there not willing to change the price if the Kollection Pack, changing Aftermath’s $40 to $20 or so. Just to be fair to all players, new and old. Its just not very fair…

Jde

Ridiculous! I have supported MK since I was just a teenager in the 90’s and have every game old and new because I love this franchise so much . I bought both the game ,and the expansion pack for my teenage son so he could enjoy the game (hopefully as much as I do )and it also gives us the opportunity to spend valuable time together as a family . I really didn’t mind spending the extra money for the first expansion pack , even after already spending close to $70 on the game itself ,but I was also under… Read more »

Brandon

This is rediculous, I purchased the aftermath in support and carefully read that the kombat pack was included and now its not downloaded and doesn’t show i own it. Got the robot cop bundle though. I will never do this again with mortal Kombat. I want to support a awesome franchise but when push comes to shove they need us more then i need new content, i have replayability. And to be treated like this is absurd.

CHR1STHE0NE

I’ve played this game since DAY 1 and haven’t stopped playing it since..the krypt is niice,the gameplay online is ok b/c of connections that can vary..Kombat League(s) matching needs to b fixed..AFTERMATH EXPANSION needs to change it’s price I’ve payed already $100..I get y they are doing it b/c I used to work in sales..all has to do with supply and demand at the end of the day..if they don’t change pricing I don’t see myself playing it as often anymore

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Yurphy

Really dissapointing I was only really interested in playing Fujin but as then I discovered I had to pay $40 for the entire expansion just to get him.

Shawn Trommeshauser

This is totally reasonable. Early adopters pay more. This is true for virtually everything in Tech and Entertainment. If you want an example of unfair pricing, look to Street Fighter V (I love the game, myself) But $3-5 or more (CAD) _per skin_ is ridiculous. Dead or Alive is just as stupidly priced in it’s DLC. Pricing goes down with time (Unless it’s a first party Nintendo title). Next year there will be a complete version of MK11 on shelves for $50. That doesn’t invalidate the people who paid $80 when the base game was brand new, and it doesn’t… Read more »

Kenn

You’re the kind of person that when they tell you half your paycheck will have to go to taxes, will say it’s perfectly reasonable, then will find another state that has higher taxes to compare it to, to make a long story short, you are part of the problem.

Mikke

Oooh! Nice burn, Kenn!!!

Face Puncher

“Other games and companies have shitty practices and people put up with them, so this particular shitty practice is okay.”

I’m going to offer you to pay me $100 and let me punch you in the face, and you will probably do it, since you have no problem with being treated like shit.

michaelksmart

Lol you’re not very bright are you?

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