Developer NetherRealm reveals that Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate – a compilation of the original game and all of its expansions- is releasing on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 next month.
It looks like Mortal Kombat isn’t obsolete yet. In spite of releasing Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath just five months ago, Warner Bros. Games and NetherRealm have revealed that Mortal Kombat 11 will be getting another re-release in the form of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate. The main difference is that this edition will bring the title to the next-gen consoles shortly after they are launched.
Releasing alongside this version of MK are three DLC characters including Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo, Rain from Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and the highly demanded fan-favorite Mileena. Mortal Kombat 11 is the definitive edition of Mortal Kombat 11, gathering all of the expansions released in the game as well as the new revealed Kombat Pack 2.
The game will also include all of the content from Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath such as the game’s expansion story and additional characters Sheeva, RoboCop, and Fujin. Players who already own Mortal Kombat 11 and its expansions or Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath can upgrade to Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate by availing the Kombat Pack 2 for just $15 on October 15th.
While this new edition of the game is going to be available on the current-gen consoles and the Nintendo Switch, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate will also be launched on the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 during its launch on November 17th.
The next-gen version will allow for improved visuals, fast loading times, 4K resolutions, and cross-gen crossplay compatibility for select game modes. The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 editions will also cater to free upgrades for players who will upgrade to the Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate edition of the game either before or after the game releases. Owners of the original editions of Mortal Kombat 11 and Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath can also upgrade those versions for free to the next-gen consoles too.
The introduction of crossplay lets players on the Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4 play together. However, players on the Nintendo Switch, Stadia, and PC will not be allowed to play across consoles.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate preorders will go online on October 15 for only $60. However, the physical version for PlayStation 4 will not be released until January next year. The Nintendo Switch edition will not have a physical edition available in North America. Players who opt to preorder Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate’s digital version will immediately gain access to Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath.
Given the scarcity of effective fighting games this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this new edition of Mortal Kombat 11 is a great move from Warner Bros. Games and NetherRealm to help the game be relevant heading into the next generation of gaming. While the developers are expected to reveal Injustice 3 sometime next year, it is satisfying to know that support for Mortal Kombat 11 is continuing into the next generation.