Mortal Kombat 11 recently released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Despite a fair amount of controversy around the game’s approach to microtransactions, NetherRealm’s brutal fighter has been a critical hit.
According to Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment President David Haddad, the game has also been an incredibly successful commercial hit. Haddad has revealed that Mortal Kombat 11 enjoyed the best launch in the franchise’s 30 year history.
Haddad shared the good news during his panel at the 2019 GamesBeat Summit in Los Angeles (via VentureBeat). He praised the work of NetherRealm and series creator Ed Boon, who’s been with the iconic franchise from the very beginning. Warner Bros acquired the Mortal Kombat studio in 2009.
I couldn’t be more proud of that team and what they’ve done and the innovations they’ve brought to [Mortal Kombat].
While Haddad wouldn’t share specific sales numbers at this stage, he did confirm that Mortal Kombat 11 is the largest launch in Warner Bros Game’s history. He also confirmed that the studio will update the game with things like new characters and stages for “years” to come.
In our own review, we called Mortal Kombat 11 ” a clear contender for the best fighting game the current gen has to offer” but criticised the wealth of unlockables that are hidden behind confusing microstransactions and random chance.
NetherRealm is thankfully already taking steps the fix the in-game economy of Mortal Kombat 11. The studio recently confirmed it doesn’t want to artificially force player into in-game purchases, and will be working to create a more balanced experience in the coming weeks.
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Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.