Warner Bros. Platform Fighter Rumored to Be in Development by Netherrealm

by in Fighting Game News | Oct, 27th 2021

Warner Bros. is reportedly developing a new platform fighter inspired by Super Smash Bros. According to an alleged Reddit leaker, a new IP for a Warner Bros. crossover fighter is in the works. The working title for the game is rumored to be “Multiversus.” It is supposedly a tag-team fighter, though it is unclear whether players will battle in 1v1 or 2v2 action. The game will feature many iconic characters from Warner Bros. properties. The leak states that certain character combinations will create synergy between fighters, giving every team unique gameplay properties. The leaker also reports that several characters have already been confirmed. 

These include: 

  • Batman
  • Fred Flintstone
  • Gandalf from Lord of the Rings
  • Johnny Bravo
  • Mad Max
  • Shaggy from Scooby Doo
  • Tom & Jerry

How Real are the Rumors?

Where Did This Come From?

According to a leak, the game was inspired by a running joke of Ultra Instinct Shaggy making a guest appearance in Netherrealm’s most recent game, Mortal Kombat 11. Due to the game’s graphic violence, they wisely never added him into the game. NRS still wanted to run with Shaggy being playable in a fighting game and making pitches to Warner Bros. The media giants reportedly loved the idea of bringing all their intellectual properties together in a widely accessible way. 

With the recent release of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, platform fighters are suddenly a hot commodity. Interestingly enough, the leak claims that a Warner Bros. platform fighter has been in development since before Nick All-Stars was announced. The leaker states that other studios are working on their platform fighters. 

They state, “This isn’t the only one in active development and those at NR/Warner have known this for a while now. It’s an open secret in the industry that after the success of Smash Ultimate, combined with Nintendo’s complete tone-deafness towards their audience and playerbase, a lot of Western Studios have begun to capitalize on the opportunity to make their platform fighter that doesn’t treat their playerbase and competitive players like sh**. The competitive numbers Smash, especially Melee, and the opportunity to take a slice of that pie is extremely apparent.”

Nintendo’s lack of support for Super Smash Bros. players has been a controversial topic in the community for years. Despite being one of the most lucrative companies in gaming, Nintendo provides little to no financial support for competitive Smash. They have even gone out of their way to shut down tournaments for unauthorized use of their products. Even at a casual level, the limitations of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s netcode make online gameplay less than enjoyable. The lack of updates to online play and Nintendo’s resistance to support the competitive scene have led many players to question whether the company cares about what the players want.  

What Other Characters Could We Expect?

The leaker mentions that Harry Potter and his best friend Ron Weasley are included, but rights issues have halted their development. Warner’s immense amount of media properties has a seemingly endless list of characters to choose from. Classic cartoon icons like Bugs Bunny, Yogi Bear, and the Animaniacs could duke it out with modern Cartoon Network and Adult Swim characters like Finn, the Powerpuff Girls, and Rick Sanchez. Any hero or villain from the DC universe is available, as are the fighters from the realms of Mortal Kombat. 

There are also numerous possibilities from Warner’s many live-action film franchises. Neo from the Matrix, Pennywise from It, and even Godzilla could all be potential fighters. Given his recent starring role in Space Jam, NBA superstar LeBron James could even make an appearance. Characters from HBO series like Tony Soprano, Kenny Powers, and anyone from Game of Thrones are dark-horse candidates. 

Now tell me: who wouldn’t want to see the Night King and Daffy Duck square off against Superman and Courage the Cowardly Dog?


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