NetherRealm Studios has finally confirmed Mortal Kombat 11 to feature microtransactions, which is hardly surprising to say the least.
During a livestream on the weekend, producer Shaun Himmerick announced a new in-game currency called “Time Crystals” that will be used to directly purchase a variety of cosmetic items. These include pieces of gear, skins, intro and victory animations, easy fatalities, and more. Time Crystals can only be acquired through real-world currency. However, the cosmetics that they unlock can also be obtained for free by simply playing the game.
The microtransactions in Mortal Kombat 11 are just there to help players save time. The microtransactions, as mentioned before, are also purely cosmetic. There will be no items for purchase that alter combat abilities or give you an unfair advantage over the other.
“Nothing in the game requires time crystals,” noted Himmerick. “You can play the whole game, unlock all the stuff there, without ever dealing with time crystals. If you want, you can get time crystals and shortcut your way to different things.”
NetherRealm Studios often reminded in the past months that there will be no loot boxes in Mortal Kombat 11. Many took this as a confirmation of there being no microtransactions. The two are actually different from each other. Mortal Kombat 11 still has no loot boxes, meaning that you don’t have to worry about rolling the dice on a piece of gear or skin. What you decide to pay for is what you will get in the end without any random element.
You will also be able to come across Time Crystals for free during normal play. While NetherRealm Studios didn’t provide any further clarification, Time Crystals are probably going to be found through the Krypt, the returning mini-mode where you walk around and explore an area that is filled with numerous challenges and rewards. The Krypt in Mortal Kombat X had Koins. Mortal Kombat 11 will most probably have Time Crystals instead.
For those unaware, Shang Tsung will be your host and guide to the Krypt in Mortal Kombat 11. He’s the first downloadable character to be revealed so far and will be part of the first Kombat Pack that remains to be detailed. Shang Tsung is being played by none other than Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, the esteemed actor who portrayed the evil sorcerer in the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie adaptation.
Mortal Kombat 11 is scheduled to release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on April 23, 2019.