NetherRealm Studios has announced the dates of the Mortal Kombat 1 closed beta test, following an online stress test event in June. The beta will run from 18-21 August 2023 on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S console, exclusively for people who have pre-ordered the game.
Update 19 August 2023: NetherRealm Studios has extended the running time of the Mortal Kombat 1 pre-order closed beta test by several hours, with the test now ending on Monday 21 August at 3:00pm PDT. Global end times can be found below.
NetherRealm confirmed details of the beta in a post on Twitter, explaining it will feature six playable fighters, four Kameo characters (who can provide assist attacks during battles), and two stages.
The developer also confirmed there will be a single-player Klassic Tower available for play, which pits players against a series of computer-controlled opponents.
Mortal Kombat 1 – August 2023 Closed Beta Details
Start Dates and Times
The Mortal Kombat 1 closed beta will begin on Friday 18 August 2023. Here’s what time it goes live around the US, UK, and Australia:
US: Friday 18 August 2023 @ 8:00am PDT / 10:00am CDT / 11:00am EDT0
UK and Europe: Friday 18 August 2023 @ 4:00pm BST / 5:00pm CEST
Australia and New Zealand: Saturday 19 August 2023 @ 1:00am AEST / 3:00am NZST
End Dates and Times
The beta will end on Monday 21 August 2023. The exact stopping times around the globe are as follows:
US: Monday 21 August 2023 @ 3:00pm PDT / 5:00pm CDT / 6:00am EDT
UK and Europe: Monday 21 August 2023 @ 11:00pm BST / Tuesday 22 August 2023 @ 12:00am CEST
Australia and New Zealand: Tuesday 22 August 2023 @ 8:00am AEST / 10:00am NZST
Times have been updated to reflect the extension announced by NetherRealm Studios on 19 August 2023.
How To Join the Mortal Kombat 1 Closed Beta
The Mortal Kombat 1 Closed Beta is available only to players who have pre-ordered the game.
Those who’ve pre-ordered Mortal Kombat 1 digitally will automatically receive access to the beta through their consoles.
If you’ve pre-ordered the game through a participating physical retailer, beta codes will be distributed by those retailers, and will need to be redeemed through a Warner Bros. Games account.
Pre-orders for all versions of the game on PS5 or Xbox Series X are eligible for Closed Beta Access.
Pre-loading and Downloading the Beta
Players on Xbox Series X/S will have the advantage of being able to preload the Mortal Kombat 1 beta beginning 15 August 2023, NetherRealm has confirmed.
Unfortunately, PS5 players will need to wait until the beta starts on 18 August at 8:00am PDT / 11:00am EDT / 10:00am CDT.
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Mortal Kombat 1 Release Date and Platforms
Mortal Kombat 1 is slated for release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, and Nintendo Switch on 19 September 2023.