Just a short while ago, Ed Boon revealed on GameSpot’s E3 Live stage show that there will be a special “level-playing-field version” of Injustice 2 that will get rid of any Gear upgrades and modifications for tournament play. He explained that, in a setting where you want to reward skill, you don’t want “someone coming in with a level 50 Superman against a level one Batman” as it allows competitors to win based on their equipment, rather than their ability.
Hopefully, this will bridge the gap between the casual and competitive audiences for Injustice 2, as players can enjoy fighting online with their super-powered level 50 Gorilla Grodd while serious tournament players can compete without the worry of being beaten by a Supergirl who can take off an entire health bar with a single punch. There is no news on whether there will be a special online mode where Gear is also disabled so people can practice for tournaments, but we can hope Ed will announce this during the continuing coverage of Injustice 2 throughout the week.
Speaking of online, Ed also announced that, like Mortal Kombat XL, Injustice 2 will use their bespoke GGPO netcode in order to ensure that online play is as enjoyable as possible.