If you want to play Mortal Kombat 11 before its release date in April you’ve got a couple of choices including the upcoming closed beta.
Mortal Kombat 11, the latest entry in the series, arrives on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Nintendo Switch on April 23rd. Fortunately, there are ways to try the game before it arrives on shelves.
Your first chance is via the Mortal Kombat Online Stress Test which kicks off in the United States on March 15th and stretches until March 17th.
If you’re interested in joining the Online Stress Test you must register to participate and hope you get picked. The Online Stress Test is limited to Xbox One and PS4 owners in the U.S.
Your other option is the closed Mortal Kombat 11 beta. The beta also starts in March though it comes after the conclusion of the Online Stress Test.
If you’re interested in trying the Mortal Kombat 11 beta here’s what you need to know about its upcoming release.
Mortal Kombat 11 Beta Release Date
The Mortal Kombat 11 beta opens up on March 28th and lasts until March 31st. There’s not going to be a pre-load so you’ll need to download the beta on the 28th.
Mortal Kombat 11 Beta for Switch & PC
Unfortunately, NetherRealms and Warner Bros. state that the beta will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One and Xbox One X. There are currently no plans to offer it to Windows PC and Nintendo Switch owners.
How to Get the Mortal Kombat 11 Beta
There’s only one way to gain access to the Mortal Kombat 11 beta.
If you want to try the game before the release date you must pre-order a copy of the game. There are currently three versions of the game: The Standard edition, the Premium Edition, and the Kollector’s Edition.
Before you pre-order, make sure the retailer is offering access to the beta.
How to Join the Mortal Kombat 11 Beta
If you pre-order a physical copy of the game you’ll get a code that will give access to the beta. This code will be for the platform you pre-ordered for. So if you pre-order a copy of the game for PS4 you’ll get access to the PS4 beta.
Once you get the code you can enter it in but you won’t be able to download the beta until it unlocks on March 28th. If for some reason you don’t get a code for the beta, get in contact with WB Support.
If you pre-order a digital copy of Mortal Kombat 11 you’ll automatically get access to the beta when it goes live later on this month.
Mortal Kombat 11 Beta Content
Thus far NetherRealms hasn’t said what Xbox One and PS4 users will be testing. Based on previous betas, we don’t expect it to be the full version of the game.
That said, you can expect the Online Versus mode, several characters, and possibly a training mode to help get you familiar with the basics.
We expect the beta to focus on the multiplayer portion of the game and thus you’ll likely need a Microsoft or PlayStation membership in order to play.
Pre-Order to Try the Game Early
If you want to try Mortal Kombat 11 before the April 23rd release date you'll want to pre-order a copy of the game.
Pre-ordering any version of Mortal Kombat 11 grants you access to the game's closed beta which kicks off later on this month.
NetherRealms Studios says the Mortal Kombat 11 beta kicks off on March 28th and will stretch until March 31st.
It'll be available for Xbox One and PS4 which means Nintendo Switch and Windows PC players will need to find another reason to pre-order the game.
We don't know how much of the game will be available in the beta but you can expect a fair amount of content given how close we are to the release date.
Expect Online Vs., several characters, and if we're lucky, a training mode that will help you get familiar with the new mechanics ahead of the release.
The closed beta is different than the online "stress test" that launches on March 15th and lasts until March 17th.
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