2022-10-02

Warner Bros. has officially announced MultiVersus, a fighter like Super Smash Bros. developed by Player First Games. It’s a collection of characters from shows such as Scooby Doo, Adventure Time, Looney Tunes, and even Game of Thrones. It will be released in 2022 for consoles and PCs and is free to play.

MultiVersus supports free matches for 1v1, 2v2, and 4 players set on the character-themed stages available in the game, such as Batcave, Jake and Finn’s Tree Fort. The incomplete roster has already been revealed and will be announced further, each raised by the original acting talent. So far, the characters are:

  • Voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy
  • Superman with the voice of George Newbern
  • Wonder Woman in the voice of Abby Trott
  • Harley Quinn in the voice of Tara Strong
  • Voice of Shaggy (Scooby-Doo), Matthew Lillard
  • Voices of Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes) and Eric Bauza
  • Arya Stark (Game of Thrones) by Maisie Williams
  • Voice of Jake the Dog (Adventure Time), John DiMaggio
  • Voice of Jeremy Shada, Finn the Human (Adventure Time)
  • Voice of Steven Universe, Daniel Divenere
  • Garnet (Steven Universe), Esther’s voice
  • Voices of Tom, Jerry and Eric Bauza
  • Line dog by Andrew Frankel’s voice (MultiVersus original character)

Each character has its own set of abilities designed to be dynamically paired with other characters. Customization is done through reward loadouts, allowing for a variety of gameplay. Not only emotes, of course, but also skins for each character to allow for visual expression.

MultiVersus-Screenshot of the first trailer

As a free-to-play game, MultiVersus is supported with in-game purchases. Warner Bros. Games hasn’t yet revealed what those purchases will be, but in a “content-filled” season-based format, it seems wise to at least expect cosmetics. The trailer also shows what looks like the Battle Pass system, which appears in the menu on the character’s detail page.

MultiVersus supports cross-play and cross-progression on all supported platforms (Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC via Steam). Dedicated server-based rollback netcode supports online gameplay “during the life of the game” and helps reduce lag and disconnection. Guild and social features allow you to challenge other groups and climb the leaderboard.

Player-first games hold playtests, and you can sign up to participate in them MultiVersus website..

MultiVersus has attracted characters from numerous universes and shows, following Super Smash Bros.-style fighter Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate content ended after Sora was released by Kingdom Hearts, so it was a battle to win the title of the best character fighter currently supported.

Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK news and entertainment writer.