Mortal Kombat X faced a lot of controversay over its slew of pre-order bonuses, but also because of the inclusion of easy fatalities, gained either by finding the tokens in the Krypt or by buying them using real money.
During a Mortal Kombat X livestream Ed Boon of Netherealm attempted to justify their inclusion in the game by saying,
“There are players who cannot do fatalities,” Boon said, “especially when it says ‘Finish Him’ and there’s a timer counting down. That’s part of what prompted us to make these easy fatalities.”
He continued, “[Before MKX launched], we did research and had focus groups play the game, and easy fatalities was the number one request. Having them helps everyone in that group. It’s for people who will never be able to do a fatality, who will never experience doing fatalities in MK.”
Alright, so apparently the train of thought was that since focus groups wanted easy fatalities because they struggled to perform regular ones Netherealm should leap on that problem by charging money for the solution. So, they took advantage of struggling players to earn more money? Yes, easy fatality tokens can be earned in the Krypt, too, but that does not excuse the fact that you can also buy them. Sorry, Boon, while the existence of easy fatality tokens can be justified, your decision to charge money for them can’t be.