Multiversus: the fighting game provokes totally unexpected clashes
What is this game? Multiversus is a brand new fighting game with which Warner Bros. did not launch the open access beta phase until July 26. The game is largely inspired by Super Smash Bros, a hit series from Nintendo. As for the games of the Japanese group, Warner Bros. draws characters from every possible franchise in its history, sometimes even beyond. Game of Thrones, DC-Comics, Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo, all these brands have already made an appearance in Multiversus.
What is the real success of Multiversus? The crossover concept is always well received by fans. Avengers: Endgame brought together the most popular superheroes of the Marvel universe, Fortnite is now a true crossover spectacle and Multiversus is now part of the same line. From the first 24 hours of its release, the fighting game has gone down in history. On Steam alone, over 140,000 players played concurrently on day one, while even long-running hits like Apex Legends and GTA 5 had fewer players on the platform.
Multiversus: the great success of the game has a very simple reason
Why is Multiversus so popular? The secret behind the game’s success lies in two simple factors. The first of these would be the crossover character of the game, already mentioned. At the launch of the open beta, Multiversus already has characters that couldn’t be wilder in their mix. The second factor, on the other hand, is very simple: Multiversus is completely free on PC and console. Those who are interested in the game can simply download it on any platform.
How can I play Multiversus? To try Multiversus, all you need is one of the platforms the game is available on. Currently these are Steam and the Epic Game Store on PC, PlayStation 4 or 5 and Xbox One or Series X. In the respective console stores or on PC, just download the game and log in to the launch with a WB account or create one for free. You can also go to the game’s website. You can easily get an idea of Multiversus for yourself.
Multiversus Multiplayer: How to play locally and online with friends?
How to play Online Multiplayer?
Whether on Steam, Xbox or PlayStation, you can play with any friend remotely thanks to crossplay. It is of course easier to access the list of friends on the same platform, but you can add your friends via their Warner Bros Games accounts.
- On the main screen, tap the “+” next to your character,
- This will open the friends list on the right of the screen with: recently met players, your Warner Bros Games friends list and your friends list from the platform you are currently playing on.
The multiplayer mode with friends is not to be neglected since it gives you a considerable bonus 30% experience at the end of the game and 30% more gold!
How to play locally?
The option isn’t that easy to find, and you’ll probably find yourself scrambling through the in-game menus before you can touch the local. In truth, you don’t have to go to the settings or directly to the custom games, but start a game first. Here are the steps to follow:
- On the Main Menu (you see your character selected), click on “To play“,
- You are now in the game mode selection menu,
- Click on the “Custom” top right,
- Then click on “Local Game”.
MultiVersus: how to join the free beta?
The Super Smash Bros. from Warner is now available in beta in several regions of the world, including Europe. The free game is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC, and is crossplay and cross-save compatible. In short, no reason not to take a look.
As a reminder, MultiVersus is a fighting game strongly inspired by Super Smash Bros. from Nintendo. But instead of emblematic figures of the video game, it is here characters from the many licenses of Warner who compete.
In this beta, you will be able to embody:
- Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn (DC)
- Sammy and Velma (Scooby-Doo)
- Bugs Bunny and Taz (Looney Tunes)
- Arya Stark (Game of Thrones)
- Jake the dog and Finn the human (Adventure Time)
- Steven Universe and Garnet (Steven Universe)
- Tom & Jerry
- The iron giant
- Reindog, a character created for the game
Multiversus: a free alternative to Super Smash Bros. both accessible and fun?
The Warner Bros. Multiverse
Fighting games rarely shine with their script. The franchises Mortal Kombat, Tekken and Guilty Gear are all exceptions that confirm the rule, but in general the video game fight struggles to offer scripted campaigns worthy of the name. MultiVersus, aware of this, made a radical choice… to purely and simply abandon this aspect to focus 100% on a multiplayer experience that is both competitive and cooperative.
For a mysterious reason that will remain so, several iconic figures from the main licenses of Warner Bros. are invited to compete after being transported to common arenas. Nothing more comes to enrich a multiverse serving above all as justification for fierce combat. MultiVersus literally offers itself an intergenerational cast for its launch with no less than 17 fighters including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn (DC Comics), Bugs Bunny, Tom & Jerry, and Taz (Looney Tunes), Arya Stark (Game of Thrones), Sammy and Vera (Scooby-Doo), Garnet and Steven (Steven Universe), Finn the Human and Jake the Dog (Adventure Time), The Iron Giant and finally Lebron James version Space Jam. Player Fist Games even imagined an original character named Chien-Reindeer. Note that two other fighters will arrive during the month of August… Rick and Morty from the eponymous series.
The clashes necessarily take place in the iconic places of the various sagas mentioned above. During the Open Beta, 7 arenas are available, starting with the Batcave, the Haunted Scooby Mansion, the TROPHY ROOM, the Lab, the House Tree, etc. Warner Bros. does not do things by halves and relies above all on fan service to please the different communities. The actress Maisie Williams thus lends her voice to the character of Arya Stark (Game of Thrones), and the same goes for Kevin Conroy, interpreter of the Dark Knight in the legendary animated series Batman: The Animated Series of 1992.
Ensuring that the entire roster is perfectly represented within a common artistic direction is not easy. The artists of the Player First Games studios nevertheless manage to merge all the franchises by offering extremely neat “3D cartoon” visuals that highlight the specificities of the fighters. These icons of pop culture are thus honored and enjoy for some a second youth, which should delight fans. Then MultiVersus remains fluid in all circumstances, regardless of the machine, which is essential for a fighting game.
The art of versus
MultiVersus is a multiplayer fighting game heavily inspired by the master… Super Smash Bros. Player First Games studios have taken over the formula of the perfect Platform Fighter and kept its essence. The concept is as simple as it is effective. Several players compete in a 2D arena and seek to eject from it by increasing the damage gauge which facilitates ejection. The game from Warner Bros. however, tries to stand out from the competition by making some adjustments and novelties without ever touching the main principles inherent in this sub-genre.
The regulars will not be very disoriented by the game mechanics which assimilate very quickly in order to make the gameplay accessible to as many people as possible. It emerges from the fights an immediate fun made of chained attacks, dodges and calculated risk-taking. MultiVersus relies mainly on nervous games, sometimes chaotic, and a cooperative dimension to seduce players. Cooperation is central here, and can make the difference between victory and defeat at a high level. All the characters, with a fairly small number of moves, are thus designed to create synergies with the others, which changes the approach to combat by encouraging players to be strategic.
Although deprived of a scripted campaign, MultiVersus offers several game modes, all online, to satisfy fight lovers. Cooperation is unsurprisingly highlighted with 2v2 and Coop vs AI, to which are added the timeless 1v1 and Everyone for Yourself intended for purists as well as the Lab which serves as a training area. The only Solo option is to face bots in the modes mentioned above. The latest Warner Bros. production. also has the same local multiplayer modes for 2 to 4 players, with the exception of Coop vs IA, which will speak to lovers of versus between friends.