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Mortal Kombat 11: Which Edition to Buy?



If you buy an upgraded Mortal Kombat 11 edition you’ll get some unique items. Of course, those upgrades come at a cost. In this guide we’ll take you through each edition and help you pick the right Mortal Kombat 11 edition for your platform of choice.

Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest entry in the long-running series and it’s coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Nintendo Switch later this year.

The Mortal Kombat 11 release date is confirmed for April 23rd in North America. And with the release date just weeks away, many people are trying to decide if the game is worth buying.

Retailers are currently offering three versions of Mortal Kombat 11. The list includes the standard edition, the Premium Edition, and a high-end Kollector’s Edition that comes with a bunch of extras.

Each edition has a different price point so you’ll want to make sure you pick the right edition for your budget.

Mortal Kombat 11 Standard Edition

The most basic edition is the Mortal Kombat 11 Standard Edition. This version of the game comes with the standard $60 price tag though you might be able to save some cash on a pre-order. For instance, if your Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked (GCU) account is still active, you can save the usual 20%.

The standard edition comes with the cheapest price and the least amount of bonus. If you pre-order a copy of this version nets you a bonus character, Shao Khan, and access to the game’s beta which starts on March 28th.

This version comes with the least amount of content but it’s the version most people, particularly newcomers to the series and/or fighting games should buy.

Who should buy this edition of Mortal Kombat 11?

  • Newcomers to the series.
  • Casual fans of fighting games.
  • Those who don’t have a ton of time to play games and aren’t sure how much time they can invest.

This is the safest, and cheapest, version of the game. You can buy the standard edition at Amazon, Best Buy, Steam, GameStop, the PlayStation Store, the Microsoft Store, or Walmart.

Mortal Kombat 11 Premium Edition

For those that want a little more from their purchase there’s the Mortal Kombat Premium Edition. The Premium Edition comes with a number of bonus items though it costs a lot more than the standard edition.

The Mortal Kombat 11 Premium Edition is $100 at most retailers though you might be able to find a deal ahead of the game’s release date in April if you poke around.

Buying this version of the game unlocks the same pre-order bonuses as the standard edition (Shao Khan, beta access) but you also get a Kombat Pack and a steelcase.

Typically the Kombat Pack includes early access to characters, character skins, and added content. The game’s developer, NetherRealms, hasn’t confirmed the Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pack’s content just yet.

Who should spend the extra money on the Premium Edition?

  • People who know they are going to invest a ton of time in Mortal Kombat 11.
  • Those who like to customize their characters.
  • Those who want instant access to new characters and additional content.

You can buy the standard edition at Amazon, Best Buy, Steam, GameStop, the PlayStation Store, the Microsoft Store, or Walmart.

Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector’s Edition

There’s also an extremely expensive Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector’s Edition that’s currently a GameStop exclusive.

The Kollector’s Edition is a $300 bundle, yes $300, and it includes the pre-order bonuses, an exclusive Steelcase & Magnet, a Kollector Box, and a 1:1 Scale Scorpion Mask that measures 35 x 18 x 21 cm.

So who should buy the Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector’s Edition when it’s in stock? This bundle, in our opinion, is for one person in particular: The diehard Mortal Kombat fan/collector.

Casual fans of Mortal Kombat or fighting games in general should go with one of the other options.

Digital vs. Physical

Mortal Kombat 11 comes in digital and physical formats and there are some key differences between the two. Let’s start with a few reasons why you might want to buy a digital copy of the game.

If you’re sick and tired of having discs clutter up your entertainment center or your shelves, go with a digital copy. It’ll help keep the clutter down.

If you live in a house where discs often get lost or damaged (maybe you’ve got a kid that loves to toss discs around), go with a digital copy.

If you buy the game digitally, you don’t have to locate your disc every time you want to play. You can just fire up your console and hit play.

You’ll also be able to pre-load the game and start playing right when the came comes out in April. If you want to play Mortal Kombat 11 ASAP, go digital.

So those are a few reasons to consider going digital. Here are a few reasons to consider going with a physical copy of Mortal Kombat 11.

If you go with a physical copy you’ll be able to sell it to a store like GameStop or via a reseller like Craigslist or eBay if you get tired of it.

And if you buy a physical copy you’ll be able to easily lend your copy out to friends or family members when you decide to move onto another game or if they want to try it before they buy.

4 Reasons to Pre-Order Mortal Kombat 11 & 3 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order to Try the Game Early

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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