Rumors have been flying about the announcement of Injustice 2. In fact, we even reported on leaks suggesting that it was on the way. Today, NetherRealm flicked the switch and released the very first trailer for the game out into the world and it is glorious.
Injustice: Gods Among Us built a fascinating world that pitted some of DC’s most beloved characters against each other. Our first look at the sequel suggests that, if anything, it will be even more a brawl–after all, at least in the original Injustice everyone picked sides. It also gives us a first glimpse at new addition Supergirl alongside some returning favourites: Superman, The Flash, Batman, Aquaman and Nightwing–although that last might turn out to be Red Hood. There will be some new villains on offer too: Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd will (almost certainly) be playable for the first time in the series.
Another interesting snippet from the trailer is the apparent ability to upgrade or enhance the costumes of characters. We see The Flash upgrading himself early on and, in the dying moments of the trailer the other combatants do much the same. In a post on the PlayStation blog that announces the game, NetherRealm explain that this part of an all new gear system, in which you can equip and upgrade your character however you choose:
The Gear System uses RPG-like mechanics to reward you with loot drops every time you play the game. With each loot drop, you will earn character-specific gear to outfit and power up your roster – changing not only the look of each character, but your fight strategy and your personal approach to every match.
We’ve already seen NetherRealm be inventive with the way they present characters in Mortal Kombat X with the variation system, which allowed you to choose from one of three different versions of the same character. Hopefully this new system will allow for similarly interesting decisions to make, although it does throw up some concerning implications for the competitive aspect of the game.
We’ll get our hands on it in 2017. Unfortunately, there is no more specific information than that. It will be coming to Xbox One and PS4, but there’s no mention of PC which, considering the problems with MKX’s PC port, is not particularly surprising.