Mortal Kombat 1, the latest installment in the iconic fighting game franchise, has been out for 5 months and next week is getting a new DLC character and a long-awaited feature. Peacemaker, the DC antihero portrayed by John Cena, will join the roster as a guest fighter, while crossplay will enable players to match with each other across different platforms.
Peacemaker Gameplay and Release Date
Peacemaker is the third DLC character of the Kombat Pack 1, following the arrival of Omni-Man in November and Quan Chi in December 2023. Based on the character from DC’s The Suicide Squad movie and the Peacemaker TV series, both starring Cena. NetherRealm Studios, the developer of Mortal Kombat 1, has released a gameplay trailer that showcases Peacemaker’s moves and personality. Opening the trailer with a piece of Peacemaker’s opening from the TV Series.
In gameplay, Peacemaker uses a mixture of his strength, a desert eagle, a blow dart and his signature helmet to control the battlefield. He can also summon his bald eagle sidekick, Eagly, to assist him in combat.
Peacemaker will be available for Kombat Pack 1 owners on February 28, 2024, as part of the early access period, then sold separately on March 6, 2024. The Kombat Pack 1 also includes Janet Cage, a new DLC Kameo fighter who is an alternate reality version of Johnny Cage. She will be released in March 2024 as well.
That isn’t the only reason to be excited though, as Crossplay, or Krossplay as it is called in Mortal Kombat 1, is a feature that allows players to play online with each other regardless of their platform of choice. This means that players on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC will be able to match make in across all supported platforms.
Crossplay will go live on February 28, 2024, same day as Peacemaker. NetherRealm Studios will share more details about the feature early next week.
Mortal Kombat 1 Free Trial Weekend
To celebrate the arrival of Peacemaker and crossplay, NetherRealm Studios is also hosting a free trial weekend for Mortal Kombat 1 from March 7 to March 10, 2024. The free trial will be available on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. It will include access to the base roster of main characters and Kameo Fighters, all online and local multiplayer modes, Towers, Story mode (Chapters 1 and 2 only), and Invasions (Johnny Cage’s Mansion only).
Mortal Kombat 1 is one of the best fighting games of 2023, however, the game has also faced some criticism for its aggressive monetization, poor communication, and lack of updates. NetherRealm Studios has promised to deliver more story DLC and a “big surprise” after that. Hopefully, the addition of Peacemaker and crossplay will reinvigorate the game and its community.