NetherRealm Studios, known for its work on the legendary Mortal Kombat series, is working on its next entry into the fighting game genre. This time, the focus is on iconic superheroes and villains. Injustice: Gods Among Us will include a roster drawn from the D.C. Comics stable.
The current roster includes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Nightwing, Cyborg, Harley Quinn and Solomon Grundy. From the way that the roster selection screen is laid out, it appears that there will be a total of 24 heroes and villains for gamers to pit against one-another.
One of the more interesting parts of the gameplay comes in the game’s multi-stage, interactive arenas. Whilst multi-stage arenas have been done before, it’s debatable as to whether it’s ever been taken to this level. Some Dragon Ball Z players may wish to disagree, however.
The interactivity is not new either; Mortal Kombat players will remember that there have been arena-specific Fatalities in the past and many other fighting games have had highly interactive arenas. An admittedly brief search, has not turned up any other instance wherein this interactivity has been dependent on what sort of character was being played (explanation and demonstration in the video above).
Other than the environment, Injustice focuses on two distinct types of fighters: ‘power’ characters and gadget characters. Superman and Flash are examples of the power characters – characters whose fighting style is based entirely on supernatural powers. Gadget characters are similar to Batman; they rely on technology to compete with their super-powered brethren. This will likely add to the strategic depth of the game.
It’s far too easy to come up with a list of heroes that “deserve” to be in the game; however, these lists are usually either overly-reliant on the obvious, or turn out to be inadequate predictors of the form of the final roster, with only cold probability allowing for the small chances of success that some will enjoy. Having said that, it seems likely that the roster will also include: The Joker (especially likely given the inclusion of Harley Quinn and Joker’s own larger than life personality), Catwoman, at least one more from the incredible selection of Batman’s enemies (Bane, Poison Ivy, Harvey 2-Face, Mr Freeze, The Penguin, Riddler, The Scarecrow, Clayface, Anarky), one or more enemies from the Superman stable (likely Doomsday or Lex Luthor), at least one from Wonder Woman’s enemy list, The Green Lantern and at least one of the Green Lantern’s enemies.
NeatherRealm has a long history in the fighting genre and have taken it to new heights on several occasions. The latest Mortal Kombat game proved that they still have the talent to produce high-end fighters, and Injustice looks like it may continue that trend.