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Mortal Kombat 1 Will Have Microtransactions For Cosmetic Items

We finally know what Dragon Krystals will be used for, and it’s not too surprising.
by Tit Krajnik on September 03, 2023   

When Mortal Kombat 1 was first announced, it was revealed that the Deluxe version would come with Dragon Krystals, which hinted that MK1 would have microtransactions. And while nothing was confirmed then, it seems like players can spend money to collect various cosmetic items.


When Dragon Krystals were first mentioned as a bonus reward for those who buy the Deluxe edition of Mortal Kombat, it was revealed that the Dragon Krystals would be an in-game currency, which seemed very similar to Time Krystals from Mortal Kombat 11. However, at the time, it sounded like Dragon Krystals would be an in-game currency that could be earned through a progression system and not as a currency players could buy with cash.

However, according to the latest news, we know exactly what Dragon Krystals are and what they’re used for. Mortal Kombat 1 early access has gone live on the Xbox Store, along with all of the DLCS associated with the game, which provided the players with more information about the Dragon Krystals.

As we now know from the description on the Xbox Store, Dragon Krystals will be used to buy customization items for MK1 characters, including gear, skins, colors, and more. It’s currently unclear what “and more” includes, but it could likely refer to new brutalities and taunts.

While we know what Dragon Krystals’ purpose is, it is still unclear how much they’re going to cost; however, it’s fair to assume that they’ll be priced about the same as Mortal Kombat 11’s Time Krystals, which are priced at $4.99 for 500 Krystals or $19.99 for 2500.

The customization options coming to Mortal Kombat 1 are still a mystery, as NetherRealm refrained from sharing much information about it. The developer only recently confirmed that the game will even have customization options – some of which will be obtainable for free by playing the Invasion mode.

The big question now is how many customization options players will have without buying Dragon Krystals and whether most new colors, characters, and skins will essentially be locked behind a paywall. On the other hand, if MK1 allows players to unlock all customization options through a progression system, we can only hope that NetherRealm has learned from its mistake with MK11, which was heavily criticized for its progression system that many players considered to be too big of a grind.

Mortal Kombat 1 is set to release on September 14 for PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

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