For years, video game players have changed the time and date on their hardware, whether it be PC or console, to go back in time or into the future, accessing removed content or content yet to come.
Now, Mortal Kombat 1 players are changing the date on their console to avoid paying for skins that were once available through gameplay — the latest twist in what has been a tumultuous launch for NetherRealm’s gory fighting game.
First, some context. This week Mortal Kombat 1’s already aggressive monetisation sparked yet another backlash after some skins previously available as part of Invasions mode in Season 1 were made available to buy from the in-game store for Dragon Krystals, the game’s premium currency. NetherRealm had previously said players would need to wait for a season to return if they missed its skins, but that appears now not to be the case.
In response, Mortal Kombat 1 players, perhaps inspired by time-manipulating character Geras, found success changing the date on their console to make the Season 1 skins available to unlock for free and, upon reverting their console back to the correct date, brought those skins into the present.
Twitter / X user @iScreamFGC posted to warn Mortal Kombat 1 players not to buy these skins. “All last season's Items can be purchased by changing the date on your PlayStation 5 to any date before November 11” they posted alongside video evidence. “Load up your game, buy all of last season's items and you can complete last season's Mesa! When you're done change date back to present day and you keep everything!”
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