It’s been known for some time now that NetherRealm would herald the arrival of the next gen in with a wondrous display of Friendship. Lucky owners of the much sort after consoles will benefit from a free upgrade of the brutal series. And just yesterday the studio followed up this promise by releasing a brand new Kombat Pack. This boasts a host of new characters, including Rambo, Rain and Melina. But in Mortal Kombat 11 it seems good things always come in threes.
The Kombat Pack reveal divulged that the next-gen version would be available for the Xbox Series X, Series S and the PlayStation 5 as of November 17th, just one week after launch. This will come with expected visual upgrades, 4k resolution and reduced load times as standard. But NetherRealm further revealed that the latest iteration of Mortal Kombat 11 would enable cross-play between generations. Get over here!
The new Krossplay feature was announced on Twitter this morning. The official Mortal Kombat 11 account confirmed it will enable casual matches and its availability in certain online rooms. Sadly, the capability will not extend to either Switch or PC versions. Yet to be confirmed are other game modes, too.
On the Xbox, the game will utilise Microsoft’s Smart Delivery feature. This helps support cross-generational play by optimising settings and downloads depending on your console of choice. Unfortunately the release is still technically referred to as “backwardly compatible”. This means it’s unlikely Mortal Kombat 11 will push the envelope on the new consoles’ true graphical capabilities.
Either way, it’s a nod to the success of the current generation. NeatherRealm have shipped over 8 million copies of the game to date. Following on the heels of CD Projekt Red, offering a free upgrade for existing owners is a nice touch too, whilst ensuing heathy matchmaking lobbies for the lucky few who have already made the leap.
Mortal Kombat 11 will be available for digital download on PS5. Xbox Series X and Series S on the 17th of November, with retail copies available from January 2021.