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Mortal Kombat 11 Always Online | Can I play offline or do I need an internet connection?

The Mortal Kombat 11 always online aspect of gameplay isn’t ideal, to put it mildly. Those who are looking to play Mortal Kombat 11 offline or are questioning whether they need a persistent internet connetion are rightfully fretting over a system that ties everything to the whims of technology. Here’s whether you can play Mortal Kombat 11 offline or whether you should be always online to get the most out of MK 11.

Mortal Kombat 11 Always Online | Do I need an internet connection?

Mortal Kombat 11 always online

If you don’t have an internet connection, or aren’t connected to the servers in Mortal Kombat 11 for whatever reason, then you should know that you’ll be locked out of a fair few modes.

Both the Krypt and Towers of Time, as well as the standard online fighting fare against opponents around the world, won’t be accessible if you don’t have an internet connection. Any unlocks, such as costumes and skins, also won’t be available until you connect to the Mortal Kombat 11 servers.

Can I play Mortal Kombat 11 offline?

Mortal Kombat 11 always online

However, there is some good news. That’s because the game is not a complete Mortal Kombat 11 always online experience. MK 11‘s story mode is playable from start to finish offline, as is the Klassic Towers offline mode. It’s just the Krypt and Towers of Time that require an internet connection.

It’s absolutely recommended that, if possible, you play Mortal Kombat 11 while being connected to the web. Not only will you be missing out on rewards from various fights, and a large chunk of the game’s modes, but even prizes from the game’s Tutorials, such as the uber-cool Shao Kahn announcer voice, can’t be accessed.

We’ve come a long way since the online-only DRM days, but Mortal Kombat 11 is proof that the tightrope-walking of offering always online gameplay while attempting to simultaneously give offline players enough to work with is difficult to pull off successfully.