Warner Brothers and Netherrealm Studios were in Toronto yesterday to celebrate the upcoming launch of Injustice 2. Injustice 2, for those unfamiliar, is a fighting game coming to PS4 and Xbox One on May 16. The game brings together characters from the DC universe, as well as Mortal Kombat. The event gave us (Cowrampage and DigitalZin) an opportunity to try out the game (a pre-launch build). We also got to hear from the game’s director, Ed Boon.
First impression of the game is that is that it’s a graphical masterpiece. This is the most impressive fighting game to date visually. Everything small detail has been accounted for. You can see the ice particles attached to the body when you are hit with ice, same with the fire effects. Everything is smooth looking and doesn’t look forced. The super moves are very cinematic.
On a technical level, the game is very familiar. It borrows most of the mechanics from Injustice: Gods Among Us but adds some new ones as well. A new mechanic is “flip out” which is a get out of jail move to escape airborne combos, at the cost of one bar from your meter. They also added a roll mechanic which allows you to roll across the battlefield for one bar of meter as well. It’s clear the developers designed Injustice 2 with meter management as a big part of the game. This is different from the original Injustice where meter usage wasn’t important, enabling you to do well without it.
Ed Boon Discusses the Injustice 2 Gear System
The character roster supports a variety of play-styles, suitable for any player. The build we tested, unfortunately, didn’t have Brainiac, Darkside or Joker though. One of the things that Ed Boon talked about was the Gear system. It’s a way to make your characters unique by getting “loot drops” at the end of battles. The drops include pieces of armor that make the character stronger or give them access to new moves. Those equipables come with an RPG element as they come with rarities ranging from Common to Epic. Ed Boon also hinted that there could be other rarity tiers as well. While we didn’t get access to the gear system at the event, Ed made it clear that it will be very important in all modes, not just multiplayer.
Injustice 2 will release on May 16th, 2017. You can preorder it now on Amazon for either PS4 or Xbox One.
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(Note, we weren’t able to take photos of the game itself.)