Back in the day, changing your console’s clock date was for uncovering secrets like The End boss battle in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Fast forward to 2023, almost 2024, and players are manipulating time for more dubious reasons: the controversial microtransactions in Mortal Kombat 1.
As you probably already know, developer NetherRealm is now selling skins from the release’s Invasion Mode in its in-game store, purchasable with a premium currency named Dragon Krystals. These outfits were previously free to earn through gameplay as part of the title’s seasonal updates.
But fans have found that by changing the date on their PS5s, they can turn back time and unlock these outfits for free once more. This glitch will likely be patched, as the publisher wants to drive players to microtransactions, and games with seasonal content often use a server-side clock.
Regardless, the battle between fans and financiers rages on in Mortal Kombat 1, with many still unhappy about the decision to sell Fatalities in the full-price game. Those who purchased the costly Halloween finisher will receive some bonus moves as compensation, but the game’s reputation is at rock bottom right now.