After weeks of speculation, rumors, and insider talk; it’s official. NetherRealm the developer that created the Mortal Kombat series is giving fans the sequel to their blockbuster hit Injustice: Gods Among Us. With E3 less than a week away, the official announcement trailer for Injustice 2 was posted online today. The game has been given a 2017 release window which if previous NetherRealm titles are any indication we’ll find out later this year the aim is for a Spring/ early Summer launch.
While very hype building, the trailer doesn’t give much detail as far as story goes. In fact the announcement makes it look less like a story and more like these characters are in their 3rd or 4th night of Fight Club. However, NetherRealm community specialist Tyler Lansdown gave a few details over at PlayStation blog that confirm the game’s script will continue the saga of the Injustice universe as Superman remains in-prisoned while forces that would see him come back to power conspire against Batman. Plus the emergence of a new threat (At this point with DC let’s say it’s also Doctor Manhattan). The trailer itself does indicate we’ll see Supergirl make her fighting game debut. While other confirmed characters include Batman, Superman, Aquaman, as well as newcomers Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd. Netherrealm is also looking to bring over a lot of mechanics that made their most recent game, Mortal Kombat X, shine. Players will have more variety in how they control their favorite DC Comics legends with variation fighting styles and armors the characters can craft.
Here’s how it will work in NetherRealm’s own words
a brand new Gear System, allowing players to build their own version of Superman, their Batman and ultimately, their Injustice Universe.
The Gear System uses RPG-like mechanics to reward you with loot drops every time you play the game. With each loot drop, you will earn character-specific gear to outfit and power up your roster – changing not only the look of each character, but your fight strategy and your personal approach to every match. As you gear up your characters, you’re building a roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains that reflects your choices, and your preferences, which can be vastly different than your opponents. A few play sessions in, you can expect your Aquaman to look and play different than anyone else’s Aquaman you may come across.
Even before all the speculation and rumors around the game began, a few creators who have worked on the digital comic tie in series talked about a list of characters they were not allowed to use or do permanent damage due to figuring prominently in the upcoming game sequel. Supergirl and Captain Cold were a few examples of this. No word yet on if this official sequel announcement will also come with another Injustice comic that bridges the gap between the original game and its sequel.
We’ll be at E3 next week checking out the game. While there probably won’t be story details given, Netherrealm is most certainly far enough in development to show off how the game will look and play.