NetherRealm Studios’ game director, Ed Boon, has shared more details on upcoming superhero fighting game, Injustice 2.
As this is all about the DC universe and its cast of heroes and villains, you might think that NetherRealm wouldn’t have too much creative freedom, however Boon explained that “DC’s very accommodating in letting [him] do stuff [he] wants outside of the traditional presentation of the characters.”
Revealing how the team come up with the extremely violent super and finisher moves, Boon explained that “some [of the team] communicate by standing up and describing, some people write a little paragraph, some people illustrate stuff… Sometimes we’ll take something as-is perfectly, and sometimes we’ll take the core of this one and combine them with this one. It’s a collaborative meeting of the minds type of thing.”
The notion of statistic enhancing gear and the imbalance it can cause within a fighting game has concerned some gamers, however Boon is confident that players will learn quickly that “it’s not about balance, but rather putting unique twists on the genre… The whole function of it is constant improvement, so it’s not like we want everyone to be balanced from the standpoint of using the gear – that’s the whole purpose.”
Those worried about balance issues carrying over to competitive play can breathe easy, as Boon promises that the team are “obviously going to be including an option to go into ‘tournament mode’ or ‘regulation mode’ or something like that.”
Moving on to discuss DLC and other post-release plans for Injustice 2, Boon offered up a comparison to the recent Mortal Kombat games:
We are definitely, with every game, trying to extend that DLC even longer. As a matter of fact, Mortal Kombat XL, which had the additional four more, that reached out so far that we’ve announced our next game Injustice 2 and we still had a tournament last week with Mortal Kombat XL. We certainly plan to extend it even further than we did in the past.
With both Alien and Predator being the most downloaded Mortal Kombat X guest characters, Boon hinted at possible visits from other guest stars in Injustice 2, saying that “[he] would be surprised if [the team] didn’t do any of that.”
As for any crossovers tied to upcoming DC movies, Boon acknowledged that he “would love to,” but hasn’t yet “made any kind of concrete things; the game doesn’t come out until 2017, but I think it would be a missed opportunity if we didn’t do like a Wonder Woman movie skin or something like that.”
You can see how Injustice 2 is shaping up in this gameplay trailer.
Feeling confident this sequel? Which guest characters would you like to see featured?
[Source: Game Informer]