Earlier this week, NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive lifted the lid on Injustice 2, a sequel to the superhero scrapper released in 2013. Now, there’s word that in-game footage from the title will debut this Sunday.
The finals of the ESL Mortal Kombat X Pro League are scheduled for this weekend, and given that the game is linked to Injustice by way of its developer, that event will be the setting for the gameplay reveal. Coverage begins on the NetherRealm Twitch channel at 8 p.m. ET on June 12.
While a trailer has already been released, the footage it contained was pre-rendered CG as opposed to gameplay. While it did confirm a few characters for the roster, it didn’t illustrate the purportedly major changes being made to the sequel’s fighting mechanics.
The tagline attached to early marketing materials for Injustice 2 reads ‘every battle defines you’ — and it seems that this isn’t just promotional fluff. The game will apparently feature a heavy emphasis on character customization, that will allow players to personalize both the physical appearance and the fighting style of their chosen combatant.
NetherRealm’s previous game, Mortal Kombat X, offered players three variants of each character with different special attacks and costume embellishments. It seems that Injustice 2 will take this system to the next level, with randomized loot drops determining what upgrades and tweaks players can make to their fighter.
What remains to be seen is how this feature will affect the game’s balance, and the feel of each individual character on the roster. Traditionally, fighting games that allow players to tweak their combatant’s moveset have struggled to differentiate their roster from one another.
However, the variants of Mortal Kombat X largely managed to deliver new twists on familiar fighters without sacrificing their signature fighting style. If NetherRealm can pull off the expansion of this system that’s planned for Injustice 2, then the game has the potential to revolutionize single-player content in the genre.
It all depends on whether the core gameplay is up to snuff — and that question might be answered as early as this weekend. Once we’ve seen some in-game footage, we’ll be able to tell whether Injustice 2 is simply a licensed title riding the current wave of superhero popularity, or a game with fresh ideas about where the fighting genre should be headed.
Injustice 2 will release for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2017.