The gaming community eagerly awaits the release of Mortal Kombat 1, set for September 19, 2023. However, recent announcements from NetherRealm Studios have stirred mixed reactions among fans. The game will not support cross-play at its initial launch, a feature deemed essential by many in the fighting game community.
Cross-play has become a cornerstone feature in modern gaming, especially for fighting games. It bridges the gap between different gaming platforms, fostering a united community and ensuring a sustained player count. The absence of this feature, even temporarily, can impact the game’s initial reception.
While the absence of cross-play at launch is a letdown for many, NetherRealm Studios’ proactive communication has garnered appreciation. The studio took to Twitter, stating, “Regarding Kross-Play, it will not be available at launch, but know we are hard at work at implementing the feature into the game and it will be koming post launch.”
The silver lining is that cross-play will be introduced to Mortal Kombat 1 post-launch. Although the exact timeline remains undisclosed, the developers’ commitment to integrating this feature offers solace to the fans. However, some concerns linger, especially considering the past. Mortal Kombat 11, for instance, supported cross-play for Xbox and PlayStation but excluded PC. This omission led to a decline in the PC player base. Fans are hopeful that Mortal Kombat 1 will not tread the same path and will offer cross-play across all platforms.