Mortal Kombat 11 is adding new skins and events just in time for Halloween. Netherrealm Studios' flagship fighting game is no stranger to extra purchasable content and new character skins, with the most recent addition being a crossover with Terminator: Dark Fate which not only included Arnold's Terminator as a playable character but also included a Sarah Connor costume for Sonya Blade.
The Mortal Kombat team seems to have a fascination with guest characters, having included both Kratos from God of War and Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street back in 2011's reboot. MK11's director even wanted John Wick, Neo, and a Street Fighter player to appear in the most recent game. Although those particular cameos never happened, other upcoming characters for Mortal Kombat 11 include the Keith David-voiced Spawn and everyone's favorite DC Comic's Batman villain, Joker. While some of these characters are included in the game's Kombat Pack DLC bundle, the three recently announced Halloween skins below are not.
As revealed in an official trailer posted to Mortal Kombat's YouTube, three new skins are now available in Mortal Kombat 11 for anyone who wants to grab them in time for spooky holiday shenanigans. These new Halloween skins include a well-designed wicked witch costume for Jade, a calavera skin for Liu Kang, and a "Psycho Killer" version of Kabal which doesn't look much different than his normal outfit but could be construed as a cross between Leatherface and Jason Voorhees. All three skins can be bought for $5.99.
In addition to this new purchasable content, Mortal Kombat 11 will also be offering a free Halloween in-game event which promises to bring a "haunted vibe" to the fighting game. The event will include four new boss fights which will employ the use of Halloween-themed game modifiers such as falling pumpkins, rising gravestones, and flying bats. Netherrealm also says players will be able to earn new Brutalities and Halloween-specific consumables throughout the duration of the event.
While the thought of fighting while avoiding dangerous bats and pumpkins sounds pretty entertaining, the idea of spending another six dollars on three costumes seems rather excessive. All microtransactions regarding Mortal Kombat 11 come tinged with a little bit of disbelief and disgust, thanks to reports of forced developmental crunch and low wages at Netherrealm Studios. Hopefully, since such reports have come to light, changes have been made internally both in regards to the way these updates are handled and how the profits from their inclusion are distributed. That witch costume looks pretty neat, though.