Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment president David Haddad recently mentioned that Mortal Kombat 11 had the best-selling launch of any game in the series, but apparently that sentiment isn’t a universal one, because it certainly didn’t have a better launch than Mortal Kombat X in the U.K.
According GamesIndustry.biz, Mortal Kombat 11 launched at U.K., retail outlets down 43.6% compared to 2015’s Mortal Kombat X from four years ago. It was tucked into second place behind Sony Bend’s Days Gone, a PS4 exclusive, which managed to nab the top spot during the launch week for both games.
The website attempts to play off the lower sales by stating that digital sales weren’t included and that digital sales have “improved significantly” since the launch of Mortal Kombat X. However, Mortal Kombat X launched on a smaller install base compared to Mortal Kombat 11 and on fewer systems.
Keep in mind that Mortal Kombat 11 launched on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. Mortal Kombat X initially launched on PS4, PC and Xbox One. So even with an extra system in tow, Mortal Kombat 11 still under-performed at retail in the U.K., compared to the 2015 outing.
They also note that sales are slightly higher from the retail chains for Mortal Kombat 11 compared to Injustice 2’s launch from back in 2017 for home consoles and PC. You can check out the full top 10 list below.
|Last Week||This Week||Title|
|New entry||1||Days Gone|
|New Entry||2||Mortal Kombat 11|
|5||4||Red Dead Redemption 2|
|3||5||Tom Clancy’s The Division 2|
|4||6||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe|
|8||7||Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice|
|16||8||Forza Horizon 4|
|10||9||New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe|
|1||10||World War Z|
It’s very possible that some U.K., gamers decided to hold the wallet and avoid becoming a slave to the Social Justice Warrior hype machine, and this could be one of the major factors for the downturn in sales compared to Mortal Kombat X.
If the debut at retail – even with all the hype – only netted the game a second place spot, then it’s very possible that the sales could only dip further from here.
That’s not to mention that all of the ridiculous censorship surrounding the game, and the developers’ open derision toward the fans for not liking Jax’s “woke” ending obviously won’t resonate well for the long term sales of the game.
That’s not to mention that users have tanked the review scores for Mortal Kombat 11 due to a litany of issues, ranging from the de-sexualized female fights, to the grinding, to the game’s always-on requirement for the Tower and Krypt modes. And that’s not including other ridiculous SJW antics like changing Johnny Cage’s “OK” hand-sign because the developers claimed it was a Nazi symbol.
Anyway, the game’s sales are not quite as strong as Warner Bros., is trying to let on, but I’m very curious to see what the first month sales will be like as more and more issues continue to ramp up against the game.
(Thanks for the news tip Zach Z)