Mortal Kombat Now Playable Online On PS3 Without Kombat Pass

by Matt Helgeson on May 20, 2011 at 02:35 PM

Mortal Kombat, the excellent new iteration of the long-running fighting franchise, was one of the games that that the bad luck to release right as Sony's PlayStation Network was taken offline following a much-publicized attack by hackers.

While PSN is back up and running for most online play, PS3 MK owners have been unable to, due to the game's "Kombat Pass." Basically designed to discourage used sales of the game, the Kombat Pass is a one time code that must be redeemed by the owner in order to unlock online play. Alternately, buyers of used copies can purchase a new Kombat Pass for $9.99. However, due to the fact that the PlayStation Store has not gone back online, neither of these things were possible.

So, to appease fans, it was announced today on the official Mortal Kombat Facebook page that the Kombat Pass has been temporarily waived. So, as of right now, you'll be able to play online. However, the statement does state that, when the PlayStation Store is functioning again, users will have to enter or purchase a Kombat Pass code.