Warner Bros has officially announced MultiVersus, a Super Smash Bros-like fighter developed by Player First Games that brings together characters from shows like Scooby Doo, Adventure Time, Loony Tunes, and even Game of Thrones. It is set to release in 2022 for consoles and PC, and will be free-to-play.
MultiVersus will support 1v1, 2v2, and 4-player free-for-all matches, set on stages themed around the characters available in the game, including the Batcave, and Jake and Finn’s Treefort. An incomplete roster has already been revealed, with more to be announced, and each one will be voiced by their original acting talent. So far the characters include:
Batman, voiced by Kevin ConroySuperman, voiced by George NewbernWonder Woman, voiced by Abby TrottHarley Quinn, voiced by Tara StrongShaggy (Scooby-Doo), voiced by Matthew LillardBugs Bunny (Looney Tunes), voiced by Eric BauzaArya Stark (Game of Thrones), voiced by Maisie WilliamsJake the Dog (Adventure Time), voiced by John DiMaggioFinn the Human (Adventure Time), voiced by Jeremy ShadaSteven Universe, voiced by Daniel DiVenereGarnet (Steven Universe), voiced by EstelleTom and Jerry, voiced by Eric BauzaReindog (an original character for MultiVersus), voiced by Andrew Frankel
Each character has a unique ability set that has been designed to pair dynamically with other characters. Customisation comes via perk loadouts, allowing for some gameplay variety. There are, naturally, also skins for each character to allow for some visual expression, as well as emotes.
As a free-to-play game, MultiVersus will be supported by in-game purchases. Warner Bros. Games has not yet revealed what those purchases will be, but with a season-based format that will be “content-filled”, it seems sensible to expect cosmetics at the very least. The trailer also shows what appears to be a battle pass system, seen in the menus on the character details page.
MultiVersus’ will support cross play and cross progression across all of its supported platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and PC via Steam. Dedicated server-based rollback netcode will support the online gameplay “for the life of the game” to help reduce lag and disconnects. Guilds and social features will allow you to challenge other groups and climb leaderboards.
Player First Games will be holding playtests, and you can sign up to participate in them at the MultiVersus website.
MultiVersus follows hot on the heels of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, another Super Smash Bros-style fighter collecting characters from across numerous universes and shows. Content for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has now ended following the release of Sora from Kingdom Hearts, and so it’s now a battle to claim victory for the title of best currently supported character fighter.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.