Is Mortal Kombat 1 Down? Here’s How to Check MK1 Server Status

A patch might be coming your way

by Davi Braid
Image: NetherRealms

Have you tried to play Mortal Kombat 1 and received a message saying the servers are down? In that case, you might want to check the server’s current status.

Servers for fighting games, especially the popular ones, rarely go down. When they do, it’s typically due to scheduled maintenance or a new patch. Despite these being infrequent events, here’s how to stay informed about what’s happening.

How to Check if Mortal Kombat 1 Servers Are Down

  • Check NetherRealm’s official Twitter Account
  • Check Mortal Kombat 1’s official Twitter Account

Following NetherRealm’s official account is a reliable method to stay updated about scheduled maintenance times. There, you will find general information on the servers, downtimes, and more:

Nonetheless, this isn’t the sole source of information. When the servers are down to a specific update to Mortal Kombat 1, you might want to go straight to MK1’s official account. For instance, the maintenance on November 9, 2023, happened to update the game by adding everyone’s favorite Viltrumite, the Omni-Man, to Mortal Kombat 1:

Therefore, if you’re unable to play Mortal Kombat 1 online, it’s likely that NetherRealms studio is either ensuring the game continues to run smoothly online or introducing a new patch that could include balance adjustments or a DLC character.

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Finally, if you want to have an idea of when the servers might go down again due to an upcoming update, check the release date of future DLC characters.

Why Can’t I Use My DLC Characters in Mortal Kombat 1?

Image: NetherRealms

You can’t use DLC characters when you are offline. Mortal Kombat 1 DLC can only be utilized when you’re connected to the game’s server since it relies on an internet connection to validate your account and your purchases. MK1 works pretty much like games as a service in that regard. This specific characteristic of MK1 was not well received, and we can only hope that a patch will address that in the future.

If you can’t use DLC characters, you might want to check your internet connection first. If it’s functioning properly, consider checking the current status of the MK1 servers to ensure there’s no scheduled maintenance or new update hindering your online access and use of your DLC.

- This article was updated on November 9th, 2023

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Davi Braid is a devoted writer and gamer who's immersed in the world of interactive storytelling. Having worked in office jobs, he took a daring leap to pursue his dream job: writing about video games. His work is featured at many publications, and his journey has allowed him to explore the rich narratives and immersive experiences that this medium has to offer. In his quest to uncover the hidden gems within gaming, Davi embraces new genres and unearths unexpected delights in the world of video games.