MultiVersus Release Date And Everything We Know

MultiVersus is finally announced and according to Warner Bros, the game is set to compete with Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. The free-to-play platform fighting game will include characters from multiple Warner Bros franchises.

The three-minute trailer showcases a glimpse of the initial roster. Fan favorites such as Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, and Scooby-Doo will be available during the game’s release. Of course, DC favorites such as Batman and Superman are present too.

Tony Huynh, game director, said “MultiVersus emphasizes teamwork and social play with an ever-expanding diverse cast of characters that you know and love.” 
Huynh also added that the game is the company’s take on the competitive platform fighter genre. This hints at a big competitive scene coming upon its release.

Now that the MultiVersus first look reveal is out, here are the things we know so far.

MultiVersus - Wonder Woman

When is the MultiVersus Release Date?

MultiVersus is set to arrive in 2022 but there is no exact release date yet. 

The game may come out early next year but it is highly likely that the game will come out during the latter part of the year.

Based on their announcement date, the game still needs a lot of testing to iron out some bugs and implement more features.

The public playtest has not commenced yet so it may take a while before the game gets released.

The game will arrive on the PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. No Nintendo Switch version has been announced.

MultiVersus Gameplay 

The MultiVersus’ gameplay is similar to other platform fighting games. Players battle it out on a floating platform until the opponent’s health runs out. But the highlight is teaming up with someone to win.

“Everything’s better with your friends and that’s a bond one emphasized across your modes especially in 2v2,” Huynh said.

Warner Bros emphasizes that team play is essential in this game considering each character’s skill set. Unlike other fighting games, the characters have skills that synergize with their teammates.

“Every character has unique moves that focus on team play whether that’s a smoke bomb or batman to cover your team’s movement. Steven shielding his ally for extra defense. Saving someone with a lasso,” Huynh added.

With the first look focusing on teamplay, how will solo players do in this game?

Huynh mentioned that solo players should not worry as the company supports it too. A 1v1 and a 4-player free-for-fall game mode are also available.

For hardcore fighters, a ranked competitive game mode is present as well.

MultiVersus 2v2 game mode

Who are the available characters in MultiVersus?

There are 13 playable characters at the moment and more characters are coming soon. These characters are from multiple Warner Bros franchises. 

The available characters are:

  • Arya Stark 
  • Batman
  • Bugs Bunny
  • Finn the Human
  • Garnet 
  • Harley Quinn
  • Jake the Dog
  • Shaggy
  • Steven Universe
  • Superman
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Wonder Woman
  • Reindog

There is one character that is not from a notable franchise – Reindog. But who is Reindog? 

According to the game’s website, Reindog is a fluffy guardian of Zanifeer’s royal family and the 6th wearer of the gem of power.

The 165-year old dog is the first original character for MultiVersus and is a Support character.

Its special moves include Love Leash, Dude! And Power Crystal. 

MultiVersus initial character roster

What are the character classes in MultiVersus?

There are five character classes in the game too. You may choose between Bruiser, Assassin, Mage/Ranged, Tank, and Support.

  • Bruiser – Batman, Garnet, Jake the Dog, Shaggy, and Superman.
  • Assassin – Arya Stark, Harley Quinn, Finn the Human
  • Mage/Ranged – Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry
  • Tank – Wonder Woman
  • Support – Reindog, Steven Universe

With the low number of Tank and Support characters, there is a high chance that the upcoming releases will include more of them. 

Who knows, Velma from Scooby-Doo might be the next Support character.

What maps are available in game?

The confirmed maps are Batman’s Bat Cave, Jake and Finn’s Treefort, and Themyscira from Wonder Woman.

More maps are confirmed to arrive but the three maps are more than enough for the playtests.

Tom and Jerry, Superman, Shaggy, and Steven Universe fights in MultiVersus

Diverse In-Game Customization

According to Warner Bros, the game will include different skins for each character. You may dress up your character in any way you want.

The sneak-peak includes Black Lantern Superman, Classic Batman, and “Bruce Lee” Shaggy.

But besides character skins, each character also has perks. This means you have multiple options to customize your character.

There are customizable offense, defense, and utility perks plus a unique perk that could be a passive or an ultimate skill. So there is no single similar character. It all depends on your play style.

MultiVersus has character perks that help you win games

Going for Authenticity with Familiar Voices

Warner Bros has a lot of franchises under its wing. This includes the DC Superheroes, Looney Tunes, and Adventure Time. But is it enough to attract players?

If there is one way to get players into the game is to bring the actual character. No, not just the image or model, but the character as a whole. This means, getting the actual voice actor to play their part in the game.

“Our roster has some of the most recognizable characters that bring them to life with as close to one-to-one representation as possible through visuals, their worlds, their music, and more is important to us,” Huynh said.

“That’s why iconic voice talent powers many of our characters like Kevin Conroy as Batman,” he added.

“In fact, you’ll recognize a lot of them,” Huynh said.

Other characters with their original voice actors include Jake the Dog, Finn the Human, and Harley Quinn.

How to join the MultiVersus Playtest?

As mentioned earlier, the MultiVersus Playtest has not started yet and there is still a chance to play the game earlier.

There is no specific playtesting date yet. But if you hop on to the game’s official website, you can join the playtest waiting list by clicking the orange “Sign Up for playtests” button on the upper right corner of the homepage.

You only need to input your email address and click on the “Signup” button. Warner Bros will then ask you to confirm your age and your home country. 

If your country is not listed, you may click the nearest country instead. This will give you a higher chance of getting into a better server instead of you getting placed into a server thousands of miles away.

Once done, a quick survey about your gaming experience will pop up. Answer it and you are done with signing up.

All you have to do next is to wait and hopefully, get selected.

Is MultiVersus cross-play?

Yes! The game will arrive with cross-play and cross-progression enabled. So if you have a PC and a gaming console, you can play the game and retain your progress.

This is a huge edge compared to the other platform fighting games such as Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Brawlhalla.

Super Smash Bros is a Nintendo exclusive, which means you need to have a Nintendo Switch in order to play the game.

On the other hand, Brawlhalla has cross-play enabled but, there is no cross-progression.

With this information alone, Warner Bros is on the right track to attract a huge number of platform-fighting fans.

MultiVersus Collection of fighters

Warner Bros sets eyes to competitive MultiVersus future

The company’s vision for MultiVersus is to “bring regular updates, character modes, skins, and events throughout the year.”

But a smooth launch is not possible without excellent servers and Warner Bros has confirmed that dedicated servers will be put up.

The goal is to reduce input lag and be the best in class online.

“We’re investing a lot into making the most responsive gameplay in netcode in addition to dedicated servers from day one for the life of the game,” said Huynh.

What do dedicated servers do?

Basically, having servers for each region makes it easier for players to connect with other players in the same area. 

At the same time, this reduces input lag as players do not need to send data from one region to another and vice-versa.

Meanwhile, rollback netcode makes the gameplay look smooth and instant regardless of the opponent’s connection. It tries to predict the next input and process it instantaneously.

The game will benefit greatly with rollback netcode. Casual players may not benefit much but it is huge with competitive multiplayer games.

MultiVersus is set to be the next big crossover fighting game and the future is looking bright for Warner Bros.

You may check the full MultiVersus game reveal below.

Aim Nario
Aim Nario
Aim is a gaming content writer who loves playing Apex Legends and Dota 2. He plays casual games such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Pokemon titles on his Nintendo Switch too. He also streams on his Facebook Gaming Page called Aimpossible.

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