Puns and villainy will help launch Warner Bros. Games’ MultiVersus!

Looks like gamers can have Superman punch Arya Stark once again as WB Games officially launch their free-to-play platform fighter, MultiVersus. The game was available as in Beta/Early Access form from July 2022 to June 2023 giving players a chance to utilize the wide swath of IPs that Warner Brothers possesses…from classic cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Scooby Doo, the heroic characters from DC Comics such as Superman and Wonder Woman to modern cartoon favorites such as Finn the human and Steven Universe.

The game relaunched yesterday shuffling gameplay mechanics such as the PVE mode called Rifts and even utilizing a new engine (Unreal Engine 5, the Early Access version uses Unreal Engine 4). The game’s launch will be ushered in with the game’s first system dubbed “Puns and Villainy” which adds Batman’s Arch-nemesis The Joker and the fiend of Crystal Lake, Jason Voorhees. The Joker will be voiced by legendary voice actor Mark Hamill and is but one of the many voice actors to resume voicing characters they have brought to life in the past. Two additional characters will join the game’s cast as the season progresses and they would be Agent Smith from The Matrix and The Banana Guard from Adventure Time (Look not all the characters can be awesome…I mean look at Reindog.)

The early access launch was met with great intrigue and let’s hope the official launch will regain some of the player base that gave the title a chance in the past. The game is free-to-play, features cross-play across all the platforms it’s available on and you can port your progress to any platform the game is available on. Perhaps with enough support we’ll see MultiVersus being featured in the various fighting game tournaments that take place worldwide!

MultiVersus is available now on PC, the PlayStation and Xbox platforms.

MultiVersus – Official Launch Trailer “Stars Collide. Pies Fly.”:

MultiVersus - Official Launch Trailer "Stars Collide. Pies Fly."

Warner Bros. Games today announced that MultiVersus, the free-to-play platform fighter videogame, has officially launched on PlayStation 5 (PS5) and PlayStation 4 consoles, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles, and PC (Steam and Epic Games Store) with full cross-play and cross-progression support.

Developed by Player First Games with production support and live management by Warner Bros. Games San Diego, MultiVersus features an ever-expanding roster of popular characters based on Warner Bros. Discovery franchises, and starting today, Season 1: Puns & Villainy brings new playable fighters into the mix with DC Super-Villain The Joker, Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th horror movie franchise, and Banana Guard from Adventure Time, along with Agent Smith from The Matrix film series, who will join the cast later in the season.

MultiVersus launches with the addition of an all-new PvE (Player vs. Environment) mode called Rifts with unexpected twists that offer a different way to experience the game outside of competitive PvP (Player vs. Player) matches. The game’s fun filled bouts continue to be set against the backdrop of various reimagined environments, including new maps inspired by the Dexter’s Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls animated series, which are available now.

“With the official launch of MultiVersus, we’re offering players a free-to-play gaming experience with a great and growing line-up of iconic Warner Bros. Discovery characters to choose from,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Games. “Our mission is to make the game fun and accessible for both casual and competitive players with ever-improving gameplay elements to enjoy solo or with friends.”

“As a dream project for our team, we couldn’t be more excited to officially launch MultiVersus,” Tony Huynh, Co-Founder and Game Director, Player First Games. “With such a deep roster of beloved characters, we’ve made sure to put a ton of care into every fighter, making each feel special in the way they look and feel, as well as their unique move set and combat mechanics. And with our PvE mode, Rifts, now in addition to PvP, we have more ways to play MultiVersus, coupled with our tailor-made rollback netcode to support online gameplay, making it easier for all players to enjoy a seamless experience.”

The Joker (DC), Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th), Banana Guard (Adventure Time), and Agent Smith (The Matrix) join the lineup of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, and Black Adam; Shaggy and Velma (Scooby-Doo); Bugs Bunny, Tasmanian Devil a.k.a. Taz, and Marvin the Martian (Looney Tunes); Arya Stark (Game of Thrones); Tom & Jerry (Tom and Jerry); Finn the Human and Jake the Dog (Adventure Time); Steven Universe and Garnet (Steven Universe); Iron Giant (The Iron Giant), LeBron James (Space Jam: A New Legacy); Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith (Rick and Morty); Gizmo and Stripe (Gremlins); and an extraordinary original creature named Reindog, to round out the current roster, with more fighters to be added as part of future seasonal updates.

MultiVersus can be enjoyed in a variety of ways and launches with a range of modes available online and locally. Rifts features a PvE experience with boss fights, mini-games, and unique rewards, while serving as a way for players to learn mechanics, test characters, and sharpen skills, whether playing solo or cooperatively online with a friend. MultiVersus can also be enjoyed via the 2 vs. 2 team-based cooperative mode, 1 vs. 1 matches, 4-player free-for-all, co-op vs. A.I., custom online lobbies, The Lab (practice mode), tutorials, and local play matches supporting up to four competitors.

The dynamically changing Dexter’s Laboratory map and the City of Townsville map, which incorporates the The Powerpuff Girls main villain, Mojo Jojo, are accompanied by the Batcave (DC), Tree Fort (Adventure Time), Scooby’s Haunted Mansion (Scooby-Doo), Sky Arena (Steven Universe), and other available locales for players.

In MultiVersus, every fighter is outfitted with a deep set of combat mechanics, coupled with improved visuals and lighting that put a strong emphasis on the characters to bring players closer to the action on the screen. The game also utilizes a tailor-made rollback netcode to support online play and matchmaking.

Additionally, MultiVersus features top talent lending their voices to the game including, Mark Hamill (Batman: Arkham videogame series, Batman: The Animated Series) as The Joker, Kevin Conroy (Batman: Arkham series, Batman: The Animated Series), Tara Strong (Batman: Arkham series) as Harley Quinn, George Newbern (Injustice 2 videogame) as Superman, Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Arya Stark, Matthew Lillard (Scooby-Doo) as Shaggy, Estelle (Steven Universe) as Garnet, and many others.