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Following an avalanche of player complaints, Mortal Kombat 1 developer NetherRealm Studios has announced that they are in the process of creating a fix for the player 1 advantage bug. The fighting game studio is set to release the much-needed patch this coming Friday, September 29, 2023, barring any setbacks. In addition, “a fix for the issue causing missing inputs when using kameos” will also be included as part of the update.
ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS: Fans playing Mortal Kombat 1 are claiming to have found a huge issue with the gory beat-em-up, and are now begging for a swift fix from developer NetherRealm Studios.
While the game released earlier this month to glowing Mortal Kombat 1 reviews, it seems a number of competitive players are considering holding off from playing the game until a patch is deployed. According to several posts on the Mortal Kombat subreddit, several fans have posted evidence that the game isn’t allowing certain combos to be performed by the character in the player 2 slot, despite the correct inputs being used and giving Player 1 an unfair advantage. As detailed by mrAPchem on YouTube, the issue was first thought to be limited to Sub Zero, but after some experimentation, it was found that several characters are facing the same issue in lengthier combos, where some moves chained together are not hitting when they are expected to.
Several users on the game’s subreddit are corroborating the findings after experimentation of their own, including Fables – who said, “After testing it for the last 40 minutes, the claims seem to be true (for the most part). It seems that certain characters are affected by this, and also certain combos.” – they would later attempt to see if this also affected online play, and it does seem to be the case. “Can confirm that this does affect online mode. If you are P2 (right side), you are at a disadvantage.” The issue appears to be related to the game’s hitboxes, and as you can imagine – fans want studio NetherRealm to sort this issue ASAP.
“This needs to be shared and NRS has to be put on blast,” says Poetryisalive. “You literally can’t play this game at any competitive level knowing this.” Similarly, many are disappointed with NetherRealm’s relative silence on the matter so far, given the game still hasn’t seen a major patch since its launch-day fix almost two weeks ago. In a lengthy post of their own, Zerkkin says “We need acknowledgment and an ETA on when we will start seeing patches.”
Hopefully, we’ll hear if a fix is in the works or news on an update from NetherRealm soon. Other issues with the game have included the game including an issue making MK1 Brutalities more difficult than intended to pull off, though a fix on this issue has been promised by the game’s official support site. For more on MK1, check out our Mortal Kombat 1 Raiden Guide – MK1 Move List and Best Combos. Or look at our helpful primer on Mortal Kombat 1 Scorpion Guide – MK1 Move List and Best Combos.