Mortal Kombat 1 Players Are Changing the Date on Their Console to Avoid Buying Skins

For years, online game gamers have modified the time and date on their {hardware}, whether or not it’s PC or console, to return in time or into the future, accessing eliminated content material or content material but to come.

Now, Mortal Kombat 1 gamers are altering the date on their console to keep away from paying for skins that had been as soon as out there via gameplay — the newest twist in what has been a tumultuous launch for NetherRealm’s gory preventing sport.

First, some context. This week Mortal Kombat 1’s already aggressive monetisation sparked yet another backlash after some skins beforehand out there as a part of Invasions mode in Season 1 had been made out there to purchase from the in-game retailer for Dragon Krystals, the sport’s premium forex. NetherRealm had previously said gamers would want to look ahead to a season to return in the event that they missed its skins, however that seems not to be the case.

In response, Mortal Kombat 1 gamers, maybe impressed by time-manipulating character Geras, discovered success altering the date on their console to make the Season 1 skins out there to unlock free of charge and, upon reverting their console again to the right date, introduced these skins into the current.

Twitter / X person @iScreamFGC posted to warn Mortal Kombat 1 gamers not to purchase these skins. “All final season’s Items could be bought by altering the date on your PlayStation 5 to any date earlier than November 11” they posted alongside video proof. “Load up your sport, purchase all of final season’s objects and you’ll full final season’s Mesa! When you are carried out change date again to current day and you retain every part!”

@iScreamFGC used this date change exploit on PS5, however redditor AdmirableEstimate258 reported it additionally works on Nintendo Switch: “I by no means accomplished a Mesa final season since I solely obtained the sport a pair days earlier than the season ended, I attempted the date glitch (October 13 is what I used) and went to Invasions, I did the first struggle and it gave me each pores and skin in the Mesa (together with Order of Darkness Scorpion). Unfortunately the portals softlock you to not go any additional in different Mesas so you possibly can’t get the recolors, which implies you may get the seasonal recolors free of charge. The picture is from me placing my date to the present and all skins are nonetheless there.”

Redditor ShadowMajick additionally verified the exploit with a video, warning gamers: “Don’t purchase the Season 1 skins from the Premium Store. You can actually simply flip the date again on your console/PC and you’ll entry the full seasonal retailer from the Spectre season anyway.”

As you’d anticipate, making an attempt to journey into the future to unlock unreleased content material would not work. No Peacemaker or Homelander simply but, then.

The furore over these skins has as a lot to do with Mortal Kombat 1’s FOMO-filled monetisation because it does writer Warner Bros.’ continued silence over concern about the way it’s working the dwell service portion of the full-price, $70 preventing sport. Publisher Warner Bros. has repeatedly failed to challenge remark on the backlash, regardless of varied flashpoints together with the sale of seasonal Fatalities for real-world money.

You’d anticipate NetherRealm will need to clamp down on this date change exploit, if it needs to keep the integrity of its monetisation plan. Perhaps a hotfix or emergency patch will probably be issued. But that is no new downside for the collection. Mortal Kombat players did the same thing with Mortal Kombat 11 to full towers they’d missed. It’s a convention at this level.

There’s rather a lot taking place in the world of Mortal Kombat 1. IGN has reported on gamers beginning to uncover hidden Brutalities, together with one for common DLC character Omni-Man. Mortal Kombat 1’s controversial Seasonal Fatality Bundle, which options distinctive Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Winter Fatalities, is now dwell.

Wesley is the UK News Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can attain Wesley at [email protected] or confidentially at [email protected].

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