As was recently discovered, Mortal Kombat 1’s Player 1 has an unfair advantage in online matches. And, given that Mortal Kombat 11 is a regular fixture at fighting tournaments, that’s something developer NetherRealm Studios is in a hurry to fix. However, Mortal Kombat 1’s next patch, the one that was going to fix this, has been delayed.
As documented by YouTuber mrAPchem (by way of Dexerto), the game can give Player 1 a notable advantage in certain situations. Player 2 has a larger Hurtbox (the locations where they take damage) and dishes out less damage than P1. For a fighting series with a massive online community, that’s not a good thing. It’s the kind of issue that could see players turning away from the game.
According to Creative Director Ed Boon, the bug was going to be fixed on Friday, so players could spend the weekend fighting fairly. However, the patch has been shunted to next week, as reported by WB Games.
The reason for this delay was down to server problems. WB/NetherRealm had to step in and sort it, pushing the release of the patch backwards. They made the choice to ‘focus on server stability before we enter the weekend’. Hey, it’s not a fair fight, but at least it’s a fight.
Okay, we’re being a little bit mean-spirited. MK1’s online features don’t just relate to one on one brawls. The game’s Invasion Mode also requires players to be online. We’re not entirely happy about it but if the game’s online functionality disappeared you wouldn’t be able to unlock any in-game rewards.
So, fingers crossed, Mortal Kombat 1’s next patch should arrive next week, restoring some equilibrium to Kombat. And if you’ve yet to dive in, check out our review.