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Warner Bros announces free-to-play Smash Bros-like fighter Multiversus

Rumors and leaks aren’t always accurate, but in the case of an intriguing fighting game, the former is true, as Warner Bros. has officially unveiled MultiVersus, the publisher’s take on a cross-IP fighting game.

MultiVersus, a brand-new free-to-play game, will strive to set itself apart by focusing mostly on 2v2 gaming, with complete cross-play support expected to give the community a boost. Players can still pick 1v1 battles or a free-for-all 4-player game mode, and each character will bring their unique style and techniques to the arena.

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If you think Nickelodeon All Stars is the last Smash-like game, think again

If you happen to live under a rock, there have been leaks and heavy speculations for a Warner Bros. fighting game over the last weeks, a genre popularized by Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros.. It’s now been publicly identified as MultiVersus, as seen above, with the prior leaks being very accurate.

According to the Straits Times recent article about this, the platform list, admittedly, is surprisingly odd as the Nintendo Switch (the only platform where you can play Smash Bros) is missing from it. Next year, it’ll be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

No one’s certain as to why and there’s nothing in the trailer that suggests it won’t operate on Nintendo’s system despite it being released on Microsoft and Sony’s older-gen consoles. It appears to be a game that would be well-suited to the Switch audience as well, but it will not be available on the hybrid platform at this time.

It will be free-to-play, as you can see in the teaser, and it reminds us a touch of Ubisoft’s Brawlhalla, but with important Warner Bros. IPs. As you can see, it appears to be aimed at a youthful / cartoon audience, with a strong emphasis on animation characters or incarnations.

Player First Games is a game dev newcomer, and this is their first game, however, many SG news firms claim to have a number of industry veterans on staff that will be working on this game.

What to expect

MultiVersus is a free-to-play Smash Bros-style game with a focus on teamwork and social play, according to director Tony Huynh. Characters are meant to be combined and matched, with strengths that complement each other.

The announcement came in the form of a three-minute trailer that featured a good part of the gameplay as well as some of the game’s first cast of characters, including Bugs Bunny. Steven Universe uses his distinctive shield to protect his companion in the video, while Wonder Woman uses her lasso to take her partner out of danger.

Right out of the gate, 2v2 cooperative games, 4-player free-for-all conflicts, and a ranked competitive ladder are all available to players. Based on multiple latest Singapore news reports, MultiVersus will also have cross-play, and cross-progression to give gamers a consistent experience across platforms, according to Huynh.

The roster

An AsiaOne Singapore recent article claims that while this game may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the game is going to be packed with iconic characters from popular Warner Bros IPs.

From the DC Comics, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Harley Quinn are in the game. The hit cartoon show Adventure Time includes Finn the Human and Jake the Dog. The Tom and Jerry show includes, well, both of them. From Looney Tunes, Bugs Bunny appears to be the only character to be confirmed so far.

There are lots of other popular characters like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, Steven Universe from the show of the same name as well as Garnet. Even Arya Stark from Game of Thrones is in here, too! And finally, an original game character is making its debut named Reindog.

Final thoughts

MultiVersus arrives on the heels of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, a Super Smash Bros-like fighter that brings together characters from several universes and series of the Nick umbrella of IPs.

Following the release of Sora from Kingdom Hearts 3, Super Smash Bros.Ultimate’s content has come to an end, and it’s now a competition for the title of best currently supported character fighter.

Players can expect to hear recognized voices in addition to the characters. In the following months, we can expect to learn more about MultiVersus and see the roster grow. In 2022, the game will be released on PC and other key platforms. You may keep your eyes peeled for more updates and all the hottest news in Singapore right here.