The hype intensifies for Mortal Kombat 1 as its exclusive pre-order beta launches, granting a select few the chance to unleash fatalities ahead of schedule. With just over a month until the iconic fighter’s anticipated September 19th return, these beta sessions represent the final tests of faith for devout followers of the blood-soaked franchise.
Official MK1 Pre-Order Beta Trailer
MK diehards have endured an arduous wait since the beta period began. A brief June stress test afforded an early online match or two, but nothing substantial. Now those who ponied up a pre-order finally get more meaty morsels of Mortal Kombat mania.
MK1 Beta Only on PS5 and Xbox Series X Until August 21st
Unfortunately, only PS5 and Xbox Series X owners can join the closed beta fun, active until August 21st. PC and Switch players have no invite to the party yet. Nonetheless, the selected platforms offer a glimpse at what gory marvels await them come launch. This is the chance for players to try out the returning Quitality feature and experience the new kameo fighting system.
Six iconic kombatants stand ready to brutalise in the name of this beta’s blood gods. Veterans Johnny Cage, Kitana, Liu Kang and Sub-Zero make their presence known alongside newer faces Kenshi and Li Mei. A handful of additional cameos round out the roster, though the full selection of mortal instruments remains under wraps.
Two arenas provide backdrops for now, a mere taste of the locales where ruthless spine-rippings shall commence. Of course the full banquet of playable fighters and stages will be served up soon for all to feast violently upon. But this beta spread still satiates temporarily.
Premium Editions Grant Full Game Access 5 Days Before Launch
For the utterly ravenous who must experience Mortal Kombat 1 in its entirety, early access awaits just five days ahead of launch. A £84.99/$109.99 premium edition secures entry, surely a pittance for witnessing such crimson-soaked glory before the common masses. Consider it an investment in honour of the Elder Gods.
In one month’s time, all shall bear witness to MK’s blazing return. But until then, fresh footage and impressions from this exclusive beta will trickle forth to stoke appetites for ninja dismemberment. Recently fans were overjoyed to hear that Reptile will be a playable character as revealed by NeatherRealm Studios.
So take solace that soon no neck shall remain unsnapped, no torso left un-impaled upon spiked floors. The wait stands its final round. But impatience serves no purpose when one’s fate is already signed, sealed and delivered in blood. The hour of kombat approaches. Mercy remains in short supply. If you didn’t catch it already, check out the official trailer to get hyped up.
Mortal Kombat 1 launches on September 19th for Windows PC, PS5, Switch, and the Xbox Series X.
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