Mortal Kombat 1 has teased its upcoming winter-themed fatality finisher in a new bundle.
- New winter fatality teased in seasonal bundle promotional image.
- Shows Reptile with a candy cane, hinting at weaponizing it.
- Release date not confirmed but likely in December.
- Part of $10 bundle with Halloween and Thanksgiving fatalities.
- Fans still upset over fatalities being locked behind microtransactions.
Mortal Kombat 1 made waves by selling special holiday-themed fatality moves as DLC, starting with the Halloween fatality in October. Despite backlash over locking content behind a paywall, NetherRealm is continuing the trend with Thanksgiving and now winter-themed finishers.
The latest seasonal bundle promo shared by a user on social site X by the name of thethiny, provides the first glimpse of the upcoming winter fatality. It shows Reptile holding a candy cane, suggesting he will brutally weaponize it to take out opponents.
Speculation on Candy Cane Fatality
Fans are already speculating on the violent ways Reptile could use the candy cane in the fatality. Potential ideas include shoving it down the victim’s throat, hooking them with it, and having reindeer trample the body. It will likely involve copious amounts of blood and gore, as with all MK finishers.
Expected December Release
While an official date hasn’t been announced, most expect the winter fatality DLC to release in December. The Thanksgiving finisher arrived a week before it rotated out on November 24th. Following this pattern points to a launch around December 15th.
This would make the winter fatality available a few days before Christmas, tying in with the holiday theme. It also gives NetherRealm time to generate buzz and drive sales of the $10 bundle. The developers have already been busy with the Omni-Man content.
Bundling All Seasonal Fatalities
The winter addition is part of the Seasonal Fatality Bundle, which contains all three holiday finishers. This includes the earlier Halloween and Thanksgiving DLC.
The bundle costs 1,200 Dragon Krystals, which equates to $10 real money. Players who already bought the Halloween fatality are grandfathered in and will receive the other two for free. This type of content in previous instalments would have been acquired via the Krypt mode, but unfortunately it was discontinued for this latest entry in the fighting series.
Controversy Over Paid Fatalities
Despite the novelty, many fans remain frustrated that iconic MK finishers are now locked behind a paywall as microtransactions. The initial $10 price point for just the Halloween fatality put off a lot of players.
While bundling all three for the same $10 mitigates costs, some feel any fatalities requiring separate payment go too far. Especially when the base Mortal Kombat 1 game already cost a full £64.99/$70.
However, NetherRealm seems committed to the seasonal fatality model for the time being, with three released already and likely more to come.
Final Winter-Themed Brutality
The winter addition wraps up the 2023 set of holiday finishers for Mortal Kombat 1. It offers another gruesome way for top fighters to humiliate their opponents in bloody fashion.
While not universally loved, the seasonal fatalities do provide some unique flair fitting the various holidays. They give the Beat ‘Em Up’s trademark over-the-top violence a festive spin.
It remains to be seen if NetherRealm will continue selling fatality DLC packs next year. For now, the winter finisher lets gamers indulge their holiday spirits in the most MK manner possible.
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Hardcore fans can look forward to brutally impaling opponents with candy canes or other appropriately festive weapons when the winter fatality arrives sometime next month. Until an official announcement, all we can do is imagine the grisly ways Reptile will put that candy cane to use.
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