‘Multiversus’: Batman, Bugs Bunny, and ‘Adventure Time’ Heroes Clash in a ‘Super Smash Bros.’ Style Game
When Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate revealed Sora as the last fighter, new platform fighter games suddenly popped up. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl brought animated stars like Spongebob, Danny Phantom, and others to a fighting game. Warner Bros. jumped in on the trend with even wilder crossovers. Multiversus looks to pit a wide range of characters from Batman, Bugs Bunny to Finn and Jake from Adventure Time in a Super Smash Bros.-style fighter.
What is ‘Multiversus’?
Warner Bros. and Player First Games teamed up to create a massive crossover game involving heroes and villains from DC Comics, Adventure Time, Looney Tunes, Steven Universe, and more.
Tony Huynh, the game director and co-founder of Player First games, gave a first look at Multiversus.
“About two years ago, we had a question,” he said in the video. “Can we create a platform fighter that embodies everything we love about the genre, removes the pain points, and brings in some new ideas?”
Multiversus takes elements from Nintendo‘s Super Smash Bros. series and looks to separate itself in numerous ways.
What sets ‘Multiversus’ apart from ‘Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl’ and ‘Super Smash Bros.’?
While Super Smash Bros. and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl both have solo and team options, Multiversus leaned into the latter. Whoever thought we could see DC comic characters teaming up with Looney Tunes.
“Multiversus emphasizes teamwork and social play, with an ever-expanding cast of characters that you know and love,” Huynh continued. “Everything is better with your friends, and that’s a bond we want to emphasize across our modes, especially in 2 v. 2.”
Huynh explained that characters have unique team moves to suit this style of play.
“Every character has unique moves that focus on team play,” Huynh said. “Whether that’s a smoke bomb from Batman to cover your team’s movements, Steven shielding his ally for extra defense, saving someone with the Lasso of Truth, or Bugs Bunny’s tunnel. The better your teamwork, the better your chances are to win.”
They did not forget about players who like solo battles, however. Matches where everyone fights for themselves remain available as well.
Another big difference comes from voice acting. One big drawback for fans in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl comes from none of the characters having voices. Multiversus takes another page from Super Smash Bros. by retaining the characters’ original actors.
Characters that have joined the roster so far
Several characters were showcased in the first look. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Harley Quinn represent DC Comics.
Shaggy, Bugs Bunny, and Tom and Jerry represent throwbacks to older cartoons. However, hilariously, Shaggy uses several Dragon Ball Z attacks, inspired by the Ultra Instinct Shaggy meme.
Representing the more modern animated programs, Finn the Human and Jake the Dog represent Adventure Time. Steven Universe and Garnet come from the Steven Universe show.
Even Game of Thrones saw some recognition with Arya Stark as a playable character. However, the game even includes an original character called Reindog.
However, some alleged leaks suggested Rick Sanchez from Rick & Morty and Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings could also join the game as DLC later.