Warner Bros. owns a lot of IPs. As shown in the sequel to Space Jam, where characters like Rick & Morty were appearing alongside King Kong, there’s a diverse range of shows, movies, games, and more under the WB banner. With ideas around the multiverse taking over movie theaters after the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home and the hype around the upcoming Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, it seems that the multiverse concept will be making its way to videogames soon with MultiVersus.
MultiVersus seemed like quite the odd creation when it was initially revealed. The platform fighting game combines a whole host of characters most people would never have expected to see sharing a screen, such as Jake the Dog from Adventure Time, Arya Stark from Game of Thrones, and even Shaggy from Scooby-Doo. Shaggy especially appears to be an interesting character, as Warner Bros. has confirmed “Ultra Instinct Shaggy” as canon. With MultiVersus clearly in its early stages of development though, fans assumed it would be a long way off before they saw gameplay, but thanks to a recent leak, five minutes of early footage has shown up online.
Now deleted from YouTube, the gameplay footage for MultiVersus can still be found online and shows multiple characters facing off in a few of the game’s maps. There’s Jake the Dog vs Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman vs Garnet from Steven Universe among other matchups. The footage likely stems from a tech demo that was planned last month for MultiVerus, and shows how the game is inspired by other platform fighting titles like Super Smash Bros and Brawlhalla.
With combos, a diverse roster of characters, and plenty of maps for players to beat up their favorite WB characters around, MultiVersus’ gameplay leak does show it to be a promising looking fighting game. It seems that from the MultiVerus tech test as well that WB Games is ensuring that the game is not just an excuse to throw plenty of recognizable characters in a game, as players invited to the demo were asked primarily for feedback on the upcoming game.
With so many characters already announced for MultiVersus, and even more to come, balancing them all is likely to be a major priority moving forward. Hopefully, with the gameplay already leaking online, fans will be able to see more of the upcoming title going forwards as it is still aiming for a 2022 release date, and will be free-to-play from launch.
MultiVersus is still in development and looking to release 2022 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.