Mortal Kombat 11 DLC Officially Finished, No Ash Williams
It appears after over two years since release, the DLC train for Mortal Kombat 11 has finally reached its last stop. Announced recently on social media, developer NetherRealm Studios revealed support for the acclaimed fighting game is now officially concluded, meaning any additional content such as new characters, skin packs, or the community-fabled third Kombat Pack is no longer in the works.
NetherRealm is now focusing on its next project and after more than two years of supporting Mortal Kombat 11, DLC for the game, including characters, has come to an end.
— Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (@MortalKombat) July 2, 2021
This latest announcement comes after a particularly mighty post-launch cycle for Mortal Kombat 11, adding a total of 12 DLC characters, 16 premium skins, a full story expansion, the return of Friendships, as well as an all-in-one upgrade for next-gen platforms. Even as the title boasts a brutally bountiful experience, further content has been the subject of rumors for the virtual entirety of its run, with none more speculated than the inclusion of Ash Williams of the Evil Dead series.
Ash may be definitively nixed, but there was a time when the chainsawed character was all but assured for the brawler’s ever-expanding roster. Repeated leaks and an early tease from the studio seemingly placed Ash as an entry to the game’s first Fighter Pack, but the announcement never came. Ash himself Bruce Campbell commented on the matter in the past, and even offered fans hope that “the jury’s still out” at a Q&A event last year. However, it appears the character’s complicated ownership rights may have ultimately put the possibility to bed.
“The jury’s still out,” Campbell said last July when asked about Mortal Kombat 11. “The truth is very simple. Characters are kinda owned by companies, including Ash. So, sometimes those companies aren’t allowed to loan characters between franchises, because other companies go, ‘Woah!’ Then, you have to make a deal…. It gets weird sometimes. So, it might not happen only because of legal crap.”
DLC has ended for Mortal Kombat 11 and though it was sadly Ash-free, it proved to be an exciting experience for many fans. As for what Ed Boon and company have in store for the future, the developer teased its “next project” in the aforementioned post, stopping short of revealing any substantial details. A DC superhero-focused Injustice 3 is certainly a possibility, especially considering the animated adaptation in the works at WB Animation. However, it’s also possible NetherRealm might surprise and have something else hiding up its sleeve instead.
Mortal Kombat 11 is available for PC, Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
What do you think? Are you bummed about the end of DLC for Mortal Kombat 11, or did you give up on Ash Williams DLC a long time ago? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more DLC headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:
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