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Mortal Kombat X will punish online quitters by making their heads explode

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Earlier today, Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios introduced the "Quitality," a new finishing move or sorts that will be reserved for players who rage quit in the middle of online matches. The punishment, as it were, is pretty straightforward: Bail on a match and your character's head will explode, giving your opponent an instant win.

NetherRealm's Derek Kirtzic said that the new Quitality is "really more [about] making the winner look better." The non-quitter, he said, gets to bask in the glory of watching their opponent instantly die. Kirtzic said that NetherRealm didn't want to overly punish players who might quit in the midst of an online match, but they "wanted to glorify the winner."

The Quitality joins the series' famous Fatality and Brutality as a finishing move in Mortal Kombat X. You can see it in the Twitch archive of today's livestream around the 59 minute mark.

Mortal Kombat X is coming to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on April 14. Versions for PS3 and Xbox 360 are coming this summer.

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