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A fix for Mortal Kombat 1’s pesky Player 1 advantage issues is coming

Just days after it was identified by fans, NetherRealm Studios is prepping an update for MK1 on Xbox and PS5 to fix the Player 1 advantage issues.

Mortal Kombat 1 Player 1 advantage fix: an image of Shang Tsung with a hands up emoji

It’s safe to say that it has been quite a busy week for NetherRealm Studios, largely thanks to a strange issue with Mortal Kombat 1 that’s giving Player One players a distinct advantage over Player Two players – no matter who they are or where they are on the stage. If you’re someone who has been trying to avoid encountering this issue in MK1, you’ll be pleased to know that a fix is on the way. NetherRealm Studios’ Ed Boon confirms that a Mortal Kombat 1 Player 1 advantage fix has been found and an update with said fix will be dropping very soon.

With Mortal Kombat 1‘s reputation as one of the best fighting games out there right now effectively on the line, NetherRealm Studios has quickly responded to evidence that MK1 has Player 1 advantage and confirm that an update resolving this issue is coming on September 29. This update from Boon, which you can find on X (formerly Twitter) here, comes barely more than a day after Mortal Kombat 1 opened an active investigation into the issue. We know this is an important issue that needs solving, but this resolution has been shockingly swift.

At the moment, we don’t know when-exactly the update with the fix will be available to download; however, Boon says “it’s looking like the Player 1 advantage bug will be fixed in a patch on Friday” – with a little ‘thumbs up’ emoji. Of course, the language he’s using does mean we should all take this with a small pinch of salt – as it isn’t quite as authoritative as it could be. Although, we don’t think Boon would give specifics if it wasn’t likely that those specifics would be met. So, we’re confident that an update is indeed coming on Friday, September 29 – at some point.

Mortal Kombat 1 Player 1 advantage fix: an image of Ed Boon's Tweet on the issue

If you’re sitting there wondering what we’re on about, this video from ‘mrAPchem‘ shows the Player 1 advantage issue in action. As you can see for yourself below, there are some Mortal Kombat 1 combos that Player One can hit but Player Two can’t.

It doesn’t matter which one of the Mortal Kombat 1 characters you’re using, or which one of the Mortal Kombat 1 Kameo fighters you’re selecting, it just doesn’t seem to register certain attacks in the combo if you’re Player Two.

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From what we can see, there’s no real explanation as to why this issue was occuring. Thankfully, though, it doesn’t matter as much anymore as a fix is on the way. We could very-well see more of an explainer arrive once the issue is resolved; it just depends on how transparent the development team want to be.

So, while we wait for that, you can check out our latest Mortal Kombat 1 characters tier list, and our Mortal Kombat 1 Kameo fighters tier list, right here. If you’re enjoying this game’s single-player offerings, we have some impressive fan-made Mortal Kombat 1 Invasion mode maps for you to check out here. You can unlock a killer Roomba in this game mode, so it’s well worth checking out if you haven’t yet.