Mortal Kombat X Getting An “Enhanced Online Beta” That Aims To Improve Network Code

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Gamers frustrated with Mortal Kombat X‘s poor online performance are in for some good news that will hopefully get retired fighters back into ripping the spines out of others in more stable player-versus-player fights.

NetherRealm Studios has announced that Mortal Kombat X’s network code will receive a major overhaul and will be replaced by the GGPO network code in order to provide smoother and more accurate online fights. The change won’t happen anytime soon, however, but the studio will be rolling out a beta for the GGPO enhanced network code, starting on January 19th. It will feature the following four characters to test out in the new environment: Jackie Briggs, Johnny Cage, Scorpion, and, of course, Sub-Zero.

NetherRealm will be adding more characters to the Enhanced Online beta periodically, so chances are you’ll get to play as your favorite kombatant if you can wait it out.

To sign up for the Enhanced Online Beta can do so by following this link when it goes live on Tuesday [Update: the sign up page is now live for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners]. It should be noted that in order to be eligible for the beta, you must have at least played one hour of Mortal Kombat X prior to the sign-ups going live.

The news of MKX implementing the GGPO network code shouldn’t come much as a surprise if you have been following the ever playful co-creator of Mortal Kombat, Ed Boon on Twitter recently.

Aside from the GGPO network code overhaul, MKX will also receive its second Kombat Pack with Leatherface, Xenomorph, Bo’Rai Cho, and Tri-Borg in the near future. Alongside access to the new characters, Kombat Pack 2 will also offer the following skins: Brazil Pack, Kold War Pack, Kold War Scorpion, and Armageddon themed skins for D’Vorah, Erron Black, and Takeda.