Major Bug Gives Mortal Kombat 1’s Player 1 Huge Advantage

Mortal Kombat 1 Sub Zero Vs Scorpion
Mortal Kombat 1 Sub Zero Vs Scorpion

A major bug has been discovered in the recently released Mortal Kombat 1 that is threatening the fighting game’s competitive integrity. The issue gives a significant advantage to Player 1 over Player 2 during matches.

Specific combos and sequences were found that only work properly when performed by Player 1. If Player 2 attempts the same precise inputs, the combo will fail or not land optimally. This occurs even in mirror matches with both players using the same fighter.

For example, a Sub-Zero combo ending with the Ice Klone that fully connects for Player 1 will whiff for Player 2 at mid-screen. The receiving opponent will land before the projectile unless in the corner. Videos circulating around the Internet demonstrate the inconsistent behaviour and imbalance. One in particular that was uploaded by YouTuber mrAPchem demonstrates the bug in full force.

YouTube video

Affects Roster Beyond Just Sub-Zero, Kitana Also Impacted

Early indications point to the bug not being isolated to just Sub-Zero either. Theorising suggests the flaw likely affects Mortal Kombat 1’s entire roster to some degree. Already, a Kitana combo exhibiting the same disparity has been identified so that looks pretty concrete to me.

This presents a serious problem for MK1’s competitive future. Fighting games require meticulously balanced frameworks where the only determining factor is player skill. Such one-sided bugs jeopardise that, undermining tournaments and rankings.

Ideally, the issue will be quickly patched before unfair results spread. But concerns will likely linger about how long it may have impacted past events unseen. Mortal Kombat 1’s reception at launch was already rocky, and this problem further compromises rebuilding goodwill. The developers and in particular Ed Boon are very vocal and will want this issue resolved ASAP.

Concerning Issue in Crucial Early Days Post-Release

Mortal Kombat 1 Scorpion Vs Sub Zero Gameplay
Image Credit: NetherRealm Studios

While likely an unintentional oversight, the bug highlights the fighting genre’s razor-thin margin for error. Granular details like precise frame timing can make or break high-level play. For now, the community anxiously awaits word from NetherRealm Studios on solutions and whether the upcoming Invasions mode is also affected.

The MK community recently destroyed Hollywood Actress Megan Fox’s portrayal of Nitara as it was revealed that she did not do all of the voice acting herself and a professional voice actor doctored some of her lines. So the fighting title is not shy of being in the news whether it be for the good or bad but the community as a whole seem to be extremely pleased with the end product.

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Addressing bugs sustaining competitive integrity is crucial, especially in the early days. Fighting game communities tend to have long memories, so swift resolution is key to preventing lingering resentment. The title’s future growth depends on maintaining players’ faith and trust.

Mortal Kombat 1 is out now on Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PS5 and Xbox Series S/X.

Source – TheGamer

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