'Mortal Kombat X' updates: Online beta testing starts Jan. 19; promises to reduce lags, give offline feel

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The developers of the fighting game “Mortal Kombat X” will be improving its online version, after hearing the comments and suggestions of its players from different social media pages.

According to Tyler Lansdown, Community Specialist of the NetherRealm Studios, they will be conducting a closed online beta testing starting Jan. 19. Players who have spent at least one hour of playing the game online will have the chance to participate in the testing by signing up through the link indicated on the video.

The enhanced online beta aims to make the online version of the game give an offline feel as it moves more seamless and maintains “consistent input response,” as explained by Lansdown in the video. They will be employing Good Game, Peace Out or GGPO that will help minimize the lags experienced by players previously.

During the initial test, players will be able to try the game using four characters, namely Jacqui Briggs, Johnny Cage, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero. After which, Lansdown indicated that there may be additional characters as they go along with the testing. The testing will have a short questionnaire afterwards, to which the Community Specialist requests objective and honest feedback in order to fully incorporate what the players want as part of the enhancement.

Mortal Kombat X” was one of the top ten best-selling games for 2015. However, with its rival fighting game “Street Fighter V” also slated for a launch next month, NetherRealm Studios may have felt the pressure to raise the bar for its online version, especially after fans have consistently voiced out their experiences in lags and problems in the format’s input response timing.

“Mortal Kombat X” was released April last year and is available for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 consoles. The online beta was initially announced for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms only.