Posted By Shaun K. about 1 year, 6 months ago
After the release of the hit reboot of the Mortal Kombat series last year, many assumed a followup to that game would be next on the docket for developer NetherRealm Studios. Today, via Gamespot, the company revealed that while their next game would indeed be both a fighting game and feature a return of sorts to characters previously worked on by those in the studio, its not what most people are likely to be expecting. That is because rather than another go with the warriors of Mortal Kombat, NeherRealm Sudios will be tackling the heroes and villains of the DC Universe instead. Of course, the last time members of NetherRealm Studios, including creative director and co-creator of Mortal Kombat Ed Boon, were involved with DC Comics (back when they worked as a part of the now defunct Midway Amusement Games) was 2008′s now infamous Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, but this time around the crossover elements are completely off the table.
That is right, NetherRealm Studios is creating a wholly DC Comics focused fighting game currently titled Injustice: Gods Among Us and it promises to be one of the wildest and most unique games to ever feature these characters. The game will include different classes of fighters (including Power, Gadgets, and Speed) to reflect the varied abilities of those who operate in the DC Universe, a final roster that is promised to match or even exceed the 28 members strong line-up of 2011′s Mortal Kombat (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Solomon Grundy, Lex Luthor, Harley Quinn and The Flash having already been confirmed, leaving at least 21 slots sill to be filled; I am rooting for Martian Manhunter myself) and a big focus on a interactive environments. Could this finally be the title that truly gets the idea of a DC fighting game (MKvsDC being decent at best while the less said about 1995′s disastrous SNES/Genesis Justice League Task Force the better) right? Only time will tell, but in the meantime check out the debut trailer for the game, along with an interview with Ed Boon, both courtesy of Gamespot below:
So there are elements in that trailer I like and then there are elements that leave me dubious. On the one hand, the comic geek in me cannot help but think that The Flash (or almost anybody who takes that move) should be flat out dead after that punched-into-the-atmosphere stunt Superman pulls. Also, after the Nu52 the last thing I really want to see is another grim and gritty take on any DC Universe character who does not have a bat on their chest (or at least regularly fights one). On the other hand, the video game lover in me looks at this and gets excited at the thought of another fighting game from NetherRealm after last year’s amazing Mortal Kombat, whatever the theme and license used. Which just about evens out to cautious interest for Injustice: Gods Among Us on my part. If nothing else, I think NetherRealm has earned the benefit of the doubt especialyy since if anyone can make this idea sing, it is them. Injustice: Gods Among Us is currently set for release on PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U sometime in 2013. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of the game and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.