Almost all reviews agree that Mortal Kombat 11’s actual fighting is up there as the best the series has ever had to offer, but it’s hampered by the cruel, cynical feeling grind needed to make progress and earn gear for your fighters through the Towers of Time – our own Mortal Kombat 11 review cited this in particular.
The suspicion in the community is that this has been done to encourage players to resort to microtransactions and tokens to skip fights. NetherRealm have been quick to address the critical and community criticism over this and have announced that they will soon be making changes in a number of ways.
In response, NetherRealm’s community manager Tyler Lansdown explained how they will address the issue.
Simply put, there are two avenues that NetherRealm can take. The effectively always online nature of the game (even the single player story requires online connectivity) means that they can tweak certain settings on the servers and increase drop rates, and this will be updated “ASAP” in a way that’s invisible to players. The follow on is that NetherRealm may feel the need to release a full patch to the game that, alongside other bug fixes and content update, could more fundamentally alter the form of the Towers of Time and the grind.
Towers of Time are Mortal Kombat 11’s equivalent to the Multiverse fights in NetherRealm’s previous game Injustice 2. They cycle daily, weekly and monthly, some are character specific, but they all have different modifiers to throw different challenges at the player. Some of these are incredibly punitive environmental damage effects which can only be counteracted by using consumable items before the fight. These are in turn earned through victories in the Towers of Time, where you’ll also earn gear augments, character intros, outros, fatalities, character skins and more. Given the difficulty and need to level up gear, it’s easy to find yourself in a cycle of padded grinding right now.
We’ll keep an eye on NetherRealm’s social media channels and let you know once the changes have gone live.
Mortal Kombat 11 is out now for PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.
Source: NetherRealm Twitch