MultiVersus

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MultiVersus is a free-to-play crossover platform fighting game developed by Player First Games and published by Warner Bros. Games, which mainly features content from franchises owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, although 3rd-party content has also been confirmed as a possibility by the developers.[1] The game was officially announced on November 18th, 2021, following various online rumors and leaks,[2] and was confirmed to be coming to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Microsoft Windows (via Steam) platforms. The game would also later be released on the Epic Games Store.

Following a set of Tech Tests, a Closed Alpha, and an Open Beta that ran from December 2021 until June 2023, the game would be fully released on May 28th, 2024.

Game Overview

Official Description

  • GAME OVERVIEW
Step into the fray of our MultiVerse, where every match is a wild jamboree of iconic characters throwing down in wonderfully weird ways. Pair Marvin the Martian and Arya Stark, or Velma with Batman — Get ready for a rollercoaster of fun and discover a universe of endless possibilities!
  • ICONIC STARS, EPIC BRAWLS
Every star brings their unique moves, worlds and attitudes to fight. And as the roster expands, so does the spectacle — with new personalities and play styles turning up the heat in every battle.
  • LEGENDARY REALMS AS MAPS
Get ready to throw down in iconic places like the Batman’s batcave, Jake and Finn’s Treefort and Game of Thrones’ throne room. Our maps turn legendary realms into epic battle grounds — and the best part? We’re adding new maps regularly, so the party never stops!
  • YOUR BRAWL, YOUR MODES
Whether you’re seeking the intensity of 1v1, the frenzy of a 4-player mayhem, or team up for strategic 2v2 battles, we’ve got you covered. Plus, introducing an all new PvE mode, a thrilling realm of limitless combat possibilities designed for solo or co-op play.
  • THAT'S NOT ALL FOLKS!
Grab a seat and get comfy — our Multiverse is all about good vibes and unexpected delights, always bringing something new to the table: With regular content drops and ongoing quality improvements there’s always something new brewing.[3]

Development History

Prior to the Open Beta release, a few playtests were held, featuring specific players who got invited via e-mails sent by Warner Bros. Games. First of these playtests were two Technical Tests played by people under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), the first one being held between December 10th and December 24th, 2021, and the second between February 25th and March 7th, 2022. A Closed Alpha Test was also held between May 19th and May 27th, 2022, this time with players being able to upload gameplay footage online. All of these playtests featured Exclusive Cosmetic Items that would carry on to later versions of the game for the players who managed to unlock them.

The Open Beta version was later released as an Early Access soft launch on July 19th, 2022. The Open Beta would later fully release on July 26th, 2022, the same day as the game's launch on the Epic Games Store.

The Open Beta period finished on June 25th, 2023, and the game shut down its online functions until its formal, full release in early 2024. During this period, MultiVersus was taken off stores starting April 4th, 2023, and players are currently only available to access the Beginner Tutorial, Advanced Tutorials, The Lab, and Local Play Game Modes.[4] Players also have unlimited access to almost all released unlockable content until the hiatus ends.[5] No refunds were made for players who have purchased the Founder's Packs or Gleamium, as said purchases would all return in the full launch.[6] On May 15th, 2023, Warner Bros. Games had also sent surveys to select players via e-mails which asked what features and changes should be included in the game's full launch and subsequent patches.[7] The game was also quietly re-added to the PlayStation Store in September 2023 with an indeterminate date after its initial delisting.[8][9][10] In January 2024, a collaboration with McDonald's took place, prior to any formal update regarding the game's status.

On March 7th, 2024, The official Twitter account announced that on March 10th at 6 am PT, Player First Games CEO and CoFounder, Tony Huynh, will finally reveal information regarding the game's Full Launch.[11] The Developer Update came into the form of a small video that revealed new attacks and combat mechanics for Fighters, new Map concepts, gameplay reworks, the game's engine getting changed from Unreal Engine 4 to Unreal Engine 5, and the fact that the game has been completely rebuilt from the ground up in order to support a new deterministic rollback netcode, as well as the addition of a new PvE Game Mode. The video also confirmed the game's release date: May 28th, 2024. Two days later, it was also confirmed that the game will be coming to Japan, soft-confirming Asian servers, which were missing in the Open Beta.[12] On April 11th, 2024, the first entry in the MultiVersus Developer Series was published on the official website, a blog series which detailed new additions and changes that were coming to the game.

Plot

Main Article: MultiVersus/Plot

The story is mainly told via the PvE Rifts mode and the 6 issue MultiVersus: Collision Detected comic series. Certain paragraphs from the Fighters' biographies found on the official website reveal the enigmatic Nothing as being the main villain of the story. There are also mentions of a cataclysmic event known as The Great Dimensional Cataclysm, as well as of a mysterious crystal that granted Shaggy his superhuman abilities. Reindog's backstory also reveals that he was the Royal Guardian of the Zanifeer family before their world was destroyed by the Nothing, as well as the "6th wearer of the gem of power". Trophy's E.D.G.E.'s existence and why it is full of elements from other worlds, referred to as "Trophies" inside the game's files, has yet to be explained as well.

Fighter Roster

Main Article: Fighters


Maps

Main Article: Maps


Game Modes

Main Article: Game Modes

Downloadable Content

DLC Packs
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Gleamium Packs

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Founder's Pack

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Deluxe Founder's Pack

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Premium Founder's Pack

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MVP Pack

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MVP Pack - Drop 3

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MVP Pack 1

Achievements

Main Article: MultiVersus/Achievements

Official Soundtrack

Main Article: MultiVersus/Official Soundtrack

Version History

Main Article: Patch Notes

System Requirements

Minimum Recommended
OS Windows 8 64-bit Windows 10 64 bit
Processor Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD FX-8350 Intel Core i5-3470 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
GPU GeForce GTX 550 Ti or Radeon HD 7770 GeForce GTX 660 or Radeon R9 270
RAM 4 GB 8 GB
Notes 60 FPS at 720p 60 FPS at 1080p

Reception

Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic (PC) 78/100

(PS5) 80/100
(XSXS) 80/100

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Informer 8/10
GameSpot 8/10
IGN 8/10
PC Gamer (US) 78/100
Push Square 8/10

The game received generally positive reviews during its open beta. IGN wrote "MultiVersus may not be a must-play at social gatherings, but its refreshing team-based battles make it a great platform fighter online." Play summarized that it was "full of love for the characters, and crunchy to play, you owe it to yourself to give this a go – though the monetization methods are off-putting."

Its launch on Steam was the most successful for a WB Games title, and the biggest launch for a fighting game released on the platform.[13]

The game topped the American sales charts for July 2022,[14] falling to number 5 the following month.[15] It was the most downloaded game on the US PlayStation Store for the same month, and number 2 in Europe.[16] It also topped the sales charts in Australia.[17] It was the most popular title on the Steam Deck platform.[18]

By August 2022, the game had reached 10 million players.[19] By September, it had reached 20 million.[20] By February 2023, the game reportedly experienced a significant drop in daily players. Trackers for the Windows version reported roughly 1,300 players in the last 30 days, marking the title's lowest player count since launch.[21] The announcement of the closure of the open beta surprised players who believed that the game was already fully released and had paid for premium content.[22][23]

Accolades

Awards and nominations for MultiVersus
Year Award Category Result Ref.
2022 Golden Joystick Awards 2022 Best Multiplayer Game Nominated [24]
The Game Awards 2022 Best Multiplayer Game Nominated [25]
Best Fighting Game Won
2023 26th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Best Fighting Game Won [26][27]

Trivia

  • The game's title is a portmanteau of the words "Multiverse" and "Versus".
  • The game was featured in Wiz Khalifa's "Love To Smoke" music video from January 2023.[28]

Gallery

Main Article: MultiVersus/Gallery

Links

External

References

  1. https://www.dexerto.com/gaming/multiversus-devs-confirm-anyone-is-a-possible-dlc-fighter-and-not-just-wb-characters-1722804/
  2. https://www.ign.com/articles/wb-multiversus-announced-2022-release
  3. https://multiversus.com/en/game
  4. https://multiversus.com/en/news/open-beta-update
  5. https://twitter.com/multiversus/status/1671966638000709645
  6. https://multiversus.com/en/faq
  7. https://twitter.com/MVSDonkDonk/status/1658186650030071821
  8. https://twitter.com/multiversusie/status/1705276660910604599
  9. https://www.playstation.com/en-ca/games/multiversus/
  10. https://twitter.com/multiversusie/status/1705448795687854332
  11. https://twitter.com/multiversus/status/1766214837929984199
  12. https://automaton-media.com/articles/newsjp/20240313-285720/
  13. https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/multiversus-is-warner-bros-biggest-steam-release-by-far/
  14. https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2022/08/july-2022-npd-free-to-play-multiversus-tops-charts-ps5-out-in-front
  15. https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2022/09/august-2022-npd-ps5-finally-outsells-switch-following-stock-improvements
  16. https://blog.playstation.com/2022/08/12/playstation-store-july-2022s-top-downloads/
  17. https://www.kotaku.com.au/2022/08/julys-best-selling-game-was-multiversus-a-free-to-play-smash-like/amp/
  18. https://www.kotaku.com.au/2022/08/steam-decks-most-popular-title-multiversus-a-fighting-game-of-all-things/
  19. https://www.eurogamer.net/mulitversus-has-already-welcomed-10m-players-to-the-brawl
  20. https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2022/08/22/multiversus-crossed-20-million-players-in-less-than-a-month/?sh=593bc6005f25
  21. https://kotaku.com/multiversus-steam-pc-pickle-rick-morty-player-count-1850120234
  22. https://www.pcgamer.com/surprise-the-hit-fighting-game-multiversus-was-only-in-open-beta-and-now-its-shutting-down-until-sometime-next-year/
  23. https://kotaku.com/multiversus-shut-down-refund-season-crash-team-warner-1850270501
  24. https://www.gamesradar.com/golden-joystick-awards-2022-winners/
  25. https://www.ign.com/articles/the-game-awards-2022-winners
  26. https://www.interactive.org/awards/26th_dice_awards_finalists.asp
  27. https://www.ign.com/articles/dice-awards-2023-winners-the-full-list
  28. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CwShYEA0ao