NetherRealm has officially confirmed that Mortal Kombat 1 will have an online stress test before the game’s official release in September. This announcement comes alongside an official FAQ that specifies how the stress test will work.
Mortal Kombat 1 Online Stress Test – Testing the Server’s Might
NetherRealm specified how the stress test will work in an FAQ released on the Mortal Kombat Games Support website. While the test doesn’t have a release date, they confirm that it is separate from the August 2023 beta. NRS confirms that “The purpose is to deliberately stress our online infrastructure and identify potential issues ahead of the game’s launch.” Similarly to how Street Fighter 6‘s closed beta worked, Mortal Kombat 1‘s stress test will require a Warner Bros. Games account to play. The FAQ states that “there is limited availability and players will be chosen at random.”
The Mortal Kombat 1 online stress test will only be available on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. It will not be available for PC or the Nintendo Switch, and there will be no cross-platform play. The FAQ states that the only regions that will be able to participate are “North America, Latin America, Brazil, and Europe”. The test will only have 1v1 modes “as well as a limited single-player Klassic Towers mode against A.I. opponents.” However, it appears that the full game may have online modes that extend past the traditional 1v1 format. NRS has not yet elaborated on how players will know if they are chosen for the test. There is also no confirmation on which characters will be playable.
Mortal Kombat 1 will release on September 19th, 2023 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PC, and Xbox Series X|S. Stay tuned to Final Weapon for more coverage on Mortal Kombat 1!