Mortal Kombat X[a] is a fighting video game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It is the tenth main installment in the Mortal Kombat video game series and was released on April 14, 2015 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. NetherRealm studio's mobile team developed a version for iOS and Android devices. A version for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 was in development but was eventually cancelled because NetherRealm could not get the last-gen versions to the quality expected of a Mortal Kombat game. High Voltage Studios and QLOC developed the PC version of the game.
Like previous Mortal Kombat games, Mortal Kombat X's
gameplay consists of two players, or one player and the CPU, fighting
against each other with their selected character, using a large, varied
array of character specific attacks. The game contains several modes,
such as a story mode, which takes place twenty years after the previous Mortal Kombat
game, several 'Tower' modes, which feature dynamically changing
challenges, numerous online modes, and the 'Krypt', a mode played in a first-person perspective where players explore the areas unlocking a variety of in-game items.
The console versions of Mortal Kombat X received mostly
positive reviews from critics upon release. Most praise was directed at
the game's controls, overall gameplay, graphics, story, and characters,
with some reviewers calling it the best game in the Mortal Kombat
series. However, the PC version of the game was met with mixed
reception, with reviewers blaming numerous technical issues (including
frequent crashes and slow netcode) for severely hindering the
experience. Some critics also particularly disliked the tutorials, microtransactions, and downloadable content.
Selling more than 5 million copies, the game was the fastest-selling
game in the franchise and the ninth best-selling game in 2015.
An upgraded version of Mortal Kombat X, titled Mortal Kombat XL,
was released on March 1, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This
upgrade to the game includes all downloadable content characters from
the two released Kombat Packs, almost all bonus alternate costumes
available at the time of release, and improved gameplay, and netcode
featuring a rollback system. This edition is also coming to PC on
October 4, 2016.