Have you ever wanted an arena fighter game where Batman could fight Arya Stark and Bugs Bunny with a super-powered Shaggy at his side? No? Well too bad, you’re getting one anyway.
Multiversus has entered it’s open beta and it is very quickly becoming a game that no one really asked for, but everyone is loving.
What is Multiversus?
Multiversus is an arena-fighter featuring characters who are licensed by WB. We have seen this done before with Playstation All-Stars and Nickolodeon All-Star Brawl. So can Multiversus put enough of a unique spin on their attempt to make this succeed where others have failed?
I knew about Multiversus from its announcement trailer some time ago, but I can’t say it was on my radar, nor was I even excited about it. But with the game having a pretty easy Beta to get into, I figured I would give it a shot.
The developers made ultra-instinct Shaggy canon, so I, at the very least, owed them some of my time to try the game.
I was engrossed in the game almost immediately. To put it simply, it’s just a fun time and really feels like a labor of love from the development team(which can be hard to find these days, especially in a F2P title).
From the art style, spoken voice lines, alt-costumes, and even the roster, I just find the game to be really enjoyable and relaxing. All of the mentioned content is incredibly small compared to what the studio plans to introduce as well.
They even managed to get iconic voice actors of characters to reprise their roles (Kevin Conroy as Batman, George Newbern as Superman, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, John DiMaggio as Jake, Jeremy Shada as Finn, to just name a few).
With an average daily peak of 100k players currently and an all-time peak of just over 150k players, Multiversus is already proving to be a new go-to game for gamers everywhere.
Is Multiversus really free-to-play?
As of the current Open Beta, Multiversus is completely free-to-play. It does have some microtransaction content, but as of writing this, it is nowhere near as bad as some games and, in my opinion, is slightly better than the amount of microtransaction content in ever-popular Fortnite.
The microtransaction content almost has a MOBA feel to it, with a list of characters being free to play every week, unlockable announcers, banners, character skins, and more.
So far, I find that fully unlocking characters is actually pretty easy and not hard to do after you get the hang of the game and start winning some matches.
Alt costumes, announcers, and other content is exclusively locked behind a paid currency right now with no way of earning that currency in the game.
There is also currently a small battle pass in the game, which we can expect to be a theme of how the game will introduce content in the future. The battle pass is very similarly structured to Fortnite’s original battle pass.
How Does Multiversus Play?
Multiversus plays like your average arena fighter, and even moreso feels to be going after the Super Smash Bros. audience. Unlike modern Super Smash Bros. combat, Multiversus feels very floaty and slightly less fast-paced.
The roster seems to be balanced pretty well so far (Except Finn and Taz). They have also already acknowledged some characters with moves that need some tuning (looking at you, Taz), so we can hopefully expect these changes to come soon.
Combat and gameplay are very fun, as you would expect with an arena fighter. Characters all have unique and fun mechanics to them that really encourage you to try other characters out.
As of right now, there aren’t any two characters that seem to be clones of each other, which is great, especially with the current roster being so small.
The gameplay also seems to have a lot of depth for the duo mode, almost encouraging you to play with others. There are skill-type mechanics that give additional benefits if your partner has the same skill selected for that match.
Check out the official cinematic trailer for Multiversus below.
Seriously, this one is a no-brainer. Multiversus open beta is completely free to download and try out right now. Give it a shot, and who knows, you may love this game as much as everyone else does right now.