Mortal Kombat 1: Fix ‘Waiting for Tweakvar Download’

No Time to Wait...

Mortal Kombat 1 fans are rejoicing over early access to the fighter, and let me tell you, I’ve been playing the game non-stop for the last 48 hours. However, there has been one issue that arose during my time with the title, and it’s put an immediate halt to my experience and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Booting into the game, some users are being met with a barricade, cloaked as a notification that unfortunately locks users out from even reaching the main menu. If you’ve experienced the “Waiting for Tweakvar Download” problem, then I come bearing some simple solutions for you to try out – one that worked for me successfully, and another that I deem a hotfix that worked while playing the campaign.

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Solution 1: Wait for the message to disappear... 

While this may be abrupt, you have to wait and see if the problem persists. While you wait, be sure to check your internet connection and see if your PlayStation 5’s speeds are adequate enough to communicate data. If you find that the speeds are more than capable, leave the notification up on screen for 15-20 minutes to propagate any missing data that may have not finished downloading.

If successful, the main menu of the game should load, then all ready for Kombat.

Solution 2: Restart your PS5, PC or XBOX... 

If the above solution has not worked, hard reset your console. I’m not talking a quick restart, but a complete shut down, wait, then boot it up, go into your system’s respective internet settings, disable then re-enable the connection, then boot MK1. Leave the notification up, and wait 15-20 minutes again for the game to propagate any missing data.

Again if successful, the main menu will appear and you’re ready for Kombat.

Solution 3: Verify the integrity of your game files (PC)... 

Steam users, if you find nothing is working, then you could possibly try verifying the integrity of your game files. To do so;

  • Right-click on Mortal Kombat 1 in your Steam library.
  • Select “Properties…”.
  • Select the “Local Files” tab.
  • Click on the ” Verify integrity of game files..”.
  • Let Steam do its work.
  • When complete, restart your PC.
  • Launch Steam, and start Mortal Kombat 1.
Solution 4: Check your router's firewall... 

It shouldn’t have to get to this point, but if you’re still running into the notification and you’ve waiting far too long, my advice is to check your router’s firewall and be sure that you’re allowing your system’s IP to connect and communicate. If you find that your home console is whitelisted, then again wait on the message until data is propagated.

If successful, the main menu will appear.

Solution 5: Anti-Virus may be blocking your downloads... 

Have Norton? I know the headache it poses for false-flags. Do yourself a favour and quickly shuffle through your anti-virus settings to see if your PC is blocking any apps connected to Mortal Kombat 1 or Steam. If by chance there has been an issue, but you’ve resolved it, restart your PC then boot the game and wait for the download to propagate.

Solution 6: The quick hotfix... 

If you just want to jump back into the game and quickly finish off the campaign and fix the re-occurring issue later, simply disconnect from the internet, boot into the game, start the Kampaign, pause, then re-enable your system’s internet connection and continue playing. This only works for home console, as you will need an active internet connection at all times to boot your steam games.

Solution 7: Re-install Mortal Kombat 1... 

Well this is the last ditch effort. Be sure to delete ALL files from your system – you don’t need to necessarily delete any save data but it’s recommended. Once you do so, re-install Mortal Kombat 1 on your respective platform, boot the game, wait for the message to disappear and enjoy Mortal Kombat 1 in all it’s bloody gory.. I mean glory.

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