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MultiVersus preview – This free-to-play brawler is returning with a bang

After an extensive open beta in 2022 and 2023, MultiVersus, Player First Games’ multiplayer brawler based on a wide range of Warner Bros. properties, is finally set to launch later this month. We’ve been lucky enough to spend some early time with it and, judging by what we’ve played, the game being offline for the last year has very much been worth it.

First things first, it has to be said that this is the same game at it’s core. If you liked MultiVersus before, chances are you’ll still like it now. Perhaps more than before, even. That’s because it’s been tweaked in numerous ways to make it more welcoming and enjoyable to play. It feels more responsive, for example, and thanks to a new bit of feedback, landing blows on your opponents feels more impactful. Add in other little touches across the board, and you not only have a game that feels refreshed, but also much more readable and fun.

It’s had somewhat of a visual overhaul, too. Thanks to a move to Unreal Engine 5, MultiVersus now sports more detail than it did before, with character models in particular reaping the most benefit. Player First Games seems to know this, as now the camera is more than happy to zoom further in when characters are close, allowing you to see the finer details and animations that bring them to life. Though that’s not to say that the arenas in which you do battle haven’t also been on the receiving end of some attention.

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Image: Player First Games/Warner Bros. Games

When MultiVersus launches on PC and consoles on 28th May, then, you’ll find that it both looks and plays better than you remember, which can only be a good thing. And to further sweeten the deal, it’ll also have more content. Various new characters have been added to the game’s roster, the most iconic of which is undoubtedly The Joker. Voiced by Mark Hamill, MultiVersus’ new Clown Prince of Crime is an absolute blast to take control of, with outlandish attacks that see him shooting enemies with a cannon and a rocket launcher, as well as playing around with balloons.

Other new characters include Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th horror film series, whose powerful attacks make up for his cumbersome speed. The Banana Guard from Adventure Time is now playable as well. It’s worth revisiting all the available characters, however, as each has had their movesets tweaked, with old moves adjusted and new moves added. To top it all off, there are a couple of new stages to fight in as well: The City of Townsville and Dexter’s Laboratory. The latter even has a variant that scrolls, providing an unpredictable and ever-changing arena of battle.

The biggest change players will find in the launch version of MultiVersus, however, is the introduction of Rifts. This is essentially a campaign mode, offering up multiple themed worlds for players to make their way through, engaging in battles and also completing fun minigames. One minute you might be fighting Harley Quinn one-on-one, and the next, you could be trying to protect a crystal by shooting spacecraft out of the air with a cannon.

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Image: Player First Games/Warner Bros. Games

Rifts don’t have to be tackled alone, either. You can team up with friends if you like, and you’ll be rewarded for it in some cases. In any case, regardless of whether you play alone or with others, you’ll find that rewards are doled out for achieving objectives and completing challenges. These include Gems that can be equipped to your characters to boost their capabilities, experience that can boost your season pass progress, and shards that can be used to unlock playable characters. If you’re feeling up to it, you can tackle rifts on harder difficulties to earn more rewards, too.

It’s clear that when MultiVersus returns on 28th May, it’s going to be a bigger and better game than what we experienced in the open beta some time ago. Even better, it’s been announced that those who took part in the open beta will get the game’s first battle pass for free if they jump in before 11th June. Along with other changes to the game’s economy, MultiVersus might just turn out to be one of the most generous and fun free-to-play games when it launches, and we can’t wait to jump back in.

MultiVersus launches 28th May on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

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