Some of the media may be portraying Mortal Kombat 11’s strong sales start as an indicator for the latest entry in the 27-year-old brand as a sign of things to come, but it could be the devil’s back in a bride’s dress, veiling the disastrous future ahead.
According to VentureBeat, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment president, David Haddad, revealed to them during the 2019 GamesBeat summit that the latest game in the long-running Mortal Kombat series had the best launch to date. Haddad went on to say…
“I couldn’t be more proud of that team and what they’ve done and the innovations they’ve brought to [Mortal Kombat],”
No specific figures were released, so we have no idea how “best launch” lines up with other top-selling entries in the series, such as Mortal Kombat 9 or Mortal Kombat X. The over/under could be more or less than what the other games did during launch day, just with the added padding of high pre-order sales to give Mortal Kombat 11 an extra edge. The thing is, we don’t know and obviously Haddad wasn’t going to say.
What he did reveal was that they have “years” worth of “new content” planned for the game. However, again, specifics weren’t detailed.
However, this is all assuming the game is sustainable for years, and based on its current performance one might call into question Haddad’s presumptive bullishness.
For clarity, Bounding Into Comics is reporting that Mortal Kombat 11 is already being discounted by up to 17% at various retailers, with Amazon bringing the game’s $59.99 price tag down to $49.94 for home consoles. The Premium Edition is also discounted for Xbox One by up to 10%, just days removed from the April 23rd, 2019 launch date. We saw a similar thing happen with Battlefield V, which had multiple discounts and free trial offers to move as many copies as possible, but it still ended up costing EA $350 million, and found itself on the Get Woke; Go Broke – Master List.
Bounding Into Comics runs through a few possibilities as to why the discounts have come so heavy and so fast, including NetherRealm Studios openly advocating for the SJW agenda with things like turning Jax into Left-wing agitprop, or changing Johnny Cage’s “Got ’em” symbol to a middle-finger because of “Nazis”, or purposefully de-sexualizing the females while raising the sex appeal of the males, much to the chagrin of real fans.
Of course, this also doesn’t include two of the biggest reasons for the game’s current mass-influx of negative reviews across Metacritic and Steam: coin grinding and performance issues.
While people can debate endlessly about the amount of cleavage on display or the game’s “woke” politics, one thing that people aren’t debating is how hard it is to make bank in Mortal Kombat 11, leading to a lot of accusations of NetherRealm creating the grind to goad people into purchasing items from the cash shop with real money. Ed Boon denied this charge, but it hasn’t changed the customer backlash or the low user scores on Metacritic.
While Haddad may have stated that Mortal Kombat 11 has darted off the starting line with the kind of aplomb that would make anyone think that the game is going to become a sales powerhouse, if the backlash against the sociopolitical agendas and microtransaction-influenced grind continue to shape the conversation via word of mouth and user review scores, then don’t expect the game to break any long term records for the Mortal Kombat franchise.
(Thanks for the news tip Dragonage2ftw)