UPDATE: Warner Bros. UK have responded to our email, but simply linked to the FAQ page on Mortal Kombat 11’s cross-play that we’ve also linked below. It would seem that MK 11: Ultimate’s cross-play will only be supported on PlayStation and Xbox in kasual play, and in specific rooms, but at least it’ll be cross-generational. It’s a step in the right direction, but more could be done.
ORIGINAL POST: Today, NetherRealm Studios announced Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate, a brand new repackaging for last year’s fantastic fighting game, which includes all the DLC as well as the base game. That DLC just happens to include the also announced Rambo, Mileena and Rain, which form Kombat Pack 2. However, one of the better announcements from today’s news is that MK 11 will support free next-gen upgrades for all current and new players.
Yes, indeed. Mortal Kombat 11 will be available to play on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, and if players have already purchased the game on PS4 or Xbox One, they’ll find an next-gen optimised version waiting for them when they purchase a new console.
Like most next-gen upgrades, Mortal Kombat 11’s will feature extensive visual enhancements, meaning Johnny Cage’s obnoxious chest tattoo will look even better than it ever has. On top of that, the game will support dynamic 4K resolution, improved loading times (which is a massive plus when taking on the Towers of Time, I assure you), and cross-play and cross-generational support.
We’re Getting Cross-Play Too?
Yes, or should that be Kross-play? Either way, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One players will be able to play against each together in “select modes” according to the official press release. Currently, MK 11 does support cross-play, but only between players on PS4 and Xbox One, and only in two online modes: “kasual” versus and designated online rooms that support cross-play.
We have asked Warner Bros. UK for more clarification on what those select modes are, just in case NetherRealm Studios have managed to figure out how to implement cross-play in the other online modes, like Kombat League, King of the Hill or even just private matches. That said, this news does mean that PC, Nintendo Switch and Stadia players will not be allowed into the cross-play pool at this time, but if Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid can figure it out, hopefully MK 11 can too.
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