In recent years, Mortal Kombat has been known not only for its brutal fatalities, but also for its extremely aggressive monetization. Not left behind, players have found a non-trivial way to avoid in-game purchases in Mortal Kombat 1.
Mortal Kombat 1 follows a seasonal model where users can unlock unique skins for free through gameplay. With the end of the season you will no longer be able to earn these skins, but you can purchase them for real money.
Recently, many of the skins from Invasion Season 1 were added to the in-game store, where they can be purchased using Dragon Crystals, the local premium currency.
In response, Mortal Kombat 1 users, perhaps inspired by the franchise’s time experiments, found a way to unlock skins from the first season for free by changing the date on their console.
As the player showed iScreamFGC (see video below): If you set the date on your console to November 11th and start the game, all seasonal skins will be available to unlock again and will not disappear when you return to the present.
The trick works at least on PS5 and Nintendo Switch. It is likely that the developers at NetherRealm Studios want to close the gap as quickly as possible in order to preserve the integrity of their monetization and maintain the game’s sales level.
Mortal Kombat 1 was released on PC in September (steam, Epic Games Store), PS5, Xbox Series X and S and Nintendo Switch. Aggressive monetization has become one of the main reasons for user dissatisfaction with the game.