The latest Halloween Fatality addition to Mortal Kombat 1 has turned into a sticky wicket for the game developers with players rebelling against its excessive costs. While it is a significant feature in the Mortal Kombat series, the $10 worth of 1,250 Dragon Crystals required to obtain it is turning off many gamers who perceive it as not offering value for money.
Considering that the entire game is available for $70 and comes with numerous Fatalities, this additional Halloween Fatality cost does not seem justified. This feeling has gained ground in the Mortal Kombat 1 community, to the point where a boycott of the Halloween Fatality is being encouraged to prevent such pricing from becoming the norm.
Players argue that this pricing strategy is transforming the game into a 'freemium' model, where access to certain aspects of the game comes at a price, over and above the initial game purchase cost. This is not going down well with gamers who had to pay full price at launch.
While the addition of paid Fatalities is not surprising, the price for this one does seem significantly high. These are not easy features to animate and develop, but when one Fatality costs almost as much as one-seventh of the whole game, it is easy to see why the community is vexed.
The viewpoint aligns with the general consensus among gamers denouncing this trend as not being justifiable. Long-standing players of Mortal Kombat 1 argue that the fun of the game lies in acquiring new skills and challenging themselves, not in paying to unlock features.
This unsettling development takes place against a backdrop of other anticipated games being released on PS5, such as the 'Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection,' the 'Latest PS5 Firmware Update,' 'Marvel's Spider-Man 2,' and 'Alan Wake 2.' Meanwhile, Sony has made remarks regarding a potential PS Plus Price Increase, stating the need to adjust to market conditions.
In this context, the gaming community's strong response to Mortal Kombat 1's Halloween Fatality pricing move can also be seen as a general pushback against escalating gaming costs. It remains to be seen how this development will impact the game and gamers' relationship with Mortal Kombat 1.
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