Injustice 2 is NetherRealm's sequel to the hugely popular Injustice: Gods Among Us, which saw iconic DC Universe heroes and villains collide in a brutally brilliant brawler.
Gods Among Us was well received by critics and fans alike for its over-the-top combat, insane special moves and – something rare for a fighting game – a compelling story mode.
Injustice 2 at a glance
Injustice 2 release date: May 16
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros
Roster: 31 Fighters (26 announced thus far)
New Features: Costume customisation, RPG elements, gear customisation, brand-new storyline
Injustice 2 release date – When’s it out?
Injustice 2 will launch on May 16 for PS4 and Xbox One, the developer has announced. Creative director Ed Boon confirmed the anticipated news on Twitter recently:
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Injustice 2 Roster – Which DC characters are in the game?
At E3 there were six playable characters, but more have been announced since. With the official Injustice 2 website having 31 slots, we expect the full roster to be revealed soon, but these are the only fighters currently revealed:
The great thing about NetherRealm’s sequel is its use of lesser-known DC characters. Expanding the reaches of the lineup to those not immediately familiar to a casual audience will give players a chance to find out more about heroes and villains with great lore.
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Shattered Alliances Part 2 Trailer
NetherRealm has released the second part in its Shattered Alliances series, revealing three new heroes in the process. Green Lantern, Green Arrow and Captain Cold join the Injustice 2 roster.
Injustice 2 story – What’s it about?
A press release for the game gives us plenty of detail about what to expect from the new narrative.
“Injustice 2 continues the epic cinematic story introduced in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together while struggling against those who want to restore Superman’s regime.
“In the midst of the chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth’s existence at risk. Players can play from the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game, from classic fan favorites such as Batman, Superman, Supergirl and Aquaman, to astonishing new villains like Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd. Battles will take place across arenas that have evolved in scale and span across iconic locations such as Metropolis, Gotham City and Atlantis.”
NetherRealm has managed to deliver enjoyable stories in both Injustice and Mortal Kombat, something very rare in fighting games. For those who don’t have much of an interest in competitive play, the sheer amount of offline content Ed Boon and his team put into these titles is very refreshing. The fact that we’ll get to see a continuation of Gods Among Us’s narrative will certainly excite fans.
Injustice 2 gameplay – What can we expect?
NetherRealm has revolutionised its fighting games in recent years. Mortal Kombat and Injustice have been revitalised by an incredible graphics engine which allows the game’s action to really shine, complemented by simpler command inputs for special moves compared to the other brawlers of this world.
Injustice 2 seems to play very much like its predecessor, packed with more over-the-top supers, flashy moves and interactive environments for dealing additional damage.
Early gameplay footage indicates that a number of mechanics will carry over from Gods Among Us, including state transitions and Clashes, where two players face off and can gamble part of their super in a rock-paper-scissors bust-up.
However, it's the super moves that stand out as Injustice’s real gem, and the sequel seems to continue that trend. Early gameplay footage shows some incredible moves, like Superman dragging his opponent up to the sky or Batman calling in the Batwing to rain bullets on his enemies.
What’s new in Injustice 2?
One key new feature is the “Gear System”. That lets you kit out each hero with bespoke attire and gear, which will affect how they fight and progress through the story mode.
"The Gear System uses RPG-like mechanics to reward you with loot drops every time you play the game," said NetherRealm. "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.
“As you gear up your characters, you’re building a roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains that reflects your choices, and your preferences, which can be vastly different than your opponents."
Some costume pieces will be interchangeable among different fighters, such as arms, legs, capes, armour and shields. There are said to be over 1,000 items in each category.
NetherRealm has always spoiled its players with unlockable content, and the Gear System looks like yet another way to not only keep playing but also personalise the experience.
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Injustice 2 trailer – How does it look?
We now have a bunch of new trailers for Injustice 2, the latest of which confirms Robin and also gives us a deeper insight into the story:
Robin story trailer:
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