The boss assures that the Nintendo Switch version of Mortal Kombat 1 will be resolved.

A still from Mortal Kombat 1 showing a character in a fighting pose. He's got one hand pulled back, fist clenched, ready to punch, with the other hand extended. He's got a fierce expression. At the end of each sleeve of his yellow armour are three long blades. Behind him is a partner character who looks equally fierce.NetherRealm Studio

The latest installment in the long-standing Mortal Kombat series, Mortal Kombat 1, has been released.

However, the Nintendo Switch version of the popular beat-’em-up game has been receiving criticism compared to its counterparts on Xbox and PlayStation.

Fans have been sharing side-by-side comparisons that highlight the significant difference in graphics and expressing criticism towards the overall performance of the game.

Ed Boon, the creator of the series, confirms to BBC Newsbeat that the version of the hybrid console will definitely receive an update.

“He states that several concerns and issues raised will definitely be taken care of.”

“It would have been perfect if we had been able to release the exact version we desired.”

“All issues that we identify are included in our list and will be addressed.”

A frequent critique of the Switch version is its pricing, which matches that of the more advanced PS5 and Xbox Series editions.

The game – a soft reboot of the series’ timeline – was ported to the Nintendo machine by Shiver Entertainment and Saber Interactive, rather than main developer NetherRealm Studios.

Ed’s message to fans who have purchased or are considering purchasing the title on Switch is that it will receive support, similar to how Mortal Kombat 11 was supported.

He states that any unacceptable things we observe will definitely be dealt with.

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Critics have been more positive about the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions, receiving respectable scores on Metacritic. However, I cannot reword the text if it’s a code or math formula.

Fans have been discussing the addition of Jean-Claude Van Damme, which has sparked conversation.

Ed explains to Newsbeat the significance of having the actor, who portrays Johnny Cage as a skin for the main character, in the series.

“He says that when we created our initial Mortal Kombat game, prior to it being named Mortal Kombat, our intention was to develop a video game featuring Van Damme.”

However, according to Ed in 1992, the action star from the 80s was understandably hesitant to collaborate with “two individuals in their twenties who approached him with the idea of creating a video game centered around his persona.”

Ed explains that he understands the reasons behind his refusal.

Instead, they invented Johnny Cage, the arrogant actor who bears a striking resemblance to the famous “Muscles from Brussels,” as Van Damme is famously called.

Ed attempted to recruit Van Damme multiple times, but they were unsuccessful due to unforeseen circumstances.

Ed states that it took 30 years for them to reach this point, and now they have arrived at Mortal Kombat 1, which he describes as the ultimate completion of a cycle.

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Fans of Mortal Kombat believe they have discovered clues regarding potential future guest characters within the game’s latest files, which is known for its standout character roster.

One of the suggested names is Ghostface, which originates from the Scream movies.

Ed responds to Newsbeat’s inquiry about these matters by stating that we will need to exercise patience and observe the unfolding events.

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Ed acknowledges the criticism towards the Switch version of Mortal Kombat, but emphasizes that the game franchise has consistently expanded and achieved record-breaking sales with its recent releases.

He says he is unsure about the number of games that have reached their peak after being around for 30 years.

It is quite remarkable to see players who have grown up, now with their own children, still actively playing Mortal Kombat.

“I am completely amazed by that.”


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