Mortal Kombat 11 PC Update Mystifies Fans

Published: March 22, 2022 3:52 PM /


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Mortal Kombat 11 PC update launched earlier today. There's just one tiny snag -- no one really knows for certain what has actually changed in the game due to a somewhat vague announcement.

Last summer, NetherRealm announced that there would be no more DLC for Mortal Kombat 11, effectively signaling the end of development for the game. Not much has happened since then aside from Ed Boon's musings on the history of Mortal Kombat. A new PC-exclusive update got fans hopeful for a balance patch, but a vaguely-worded announcement has led to a measure of confusion.


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What Changed in Today's Mortal Kombat 11 PC Update?

Today's Mortal Kombat 11 PC update was announced via a tweet from the game's official account. Unfortunately, it was a tad vague.

"There will be a PC only update today to prepare for future PC hardware devices," read the tweet. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."


SteamDB's change history for the game shows that several changes have indeed happened, but there isn't much in the way of useful information aside from some technical changes. There have been no official patch notes released, either.

The updates -- combined with the vague tweet -- have led to speculation about what this update actually does. Specifically, people are focusing on a change in the .exe's file size:

  • Modified – Binaries/Retail/MK11.exe (-311.63 MiB)
  • Modified – Binaries/Retail/MK11_DX12.exe (-287.69 MiB)

Several users on Reddit and a Steam Community thread say that this update removed Denuvo DRM, but the game's Steam Store page still features the disclaimer that states Denuvo DRM is built into the game. Other people speculate that this update is for Steam Deck support or support for a newer technology like Direct Storage.


We've reached out to the developers to find out what the heck this PC-exclusive update has actually done and will update this article when we receive a reply. You can buy Mortal Kombat 11 on PC and consoles starting at $59.99 or your regional equivalent.



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