Multiversus’ Re-Launch Already Has Its Competitive Fans Upset

Multiversethe cross-platform fighting game from Warner Bros. with Batman, Shaggy, Arya Stark and many others, is actually available this time after embarking on a one year hibernation. Now that it’s back and out of beta, the fighting game community is evaluating whether it could have the longevity of fighting games like Super Smash Bros. And some have already realized that small, local tournaments, which often keep the gaming scene alive, might struggle to operate. Multiverse. Indeed, a significant change to the free-to-play model could make hosting extremely expensive. Multiverse tournaments.

On the Multiverse subreddit, fans are raising issues with the game’s character selection restrictions for local matches. In short, you can now only use characters you unlocked through in-game currency in offline battles. This wasn’t the case in the original beta (you could play any character in offline mode) and this diminished some fans’ enthusiasm for the game’s return. Unlock a character in Multiverse costs 1,000 “Gleamium” in-game currency or 3,000 in fighter currency, which can be earned by grinding or purchased with real money for $10. Multiverse only has a handful of free playable characters at a time, and they rotate.

“Things like this are a tournament nightmare,” Reddit user Dr_PuddingPop wrote. “The big guys can afford to buy all the characters for a ton of consoles, but the popular ones will struggle.”

Some fans defended the decision, saying Multiverse has to make money somehow and with the free-to-play model, that’s just the nature of the beast.

“Everyone has this right these days,” 420BiaBia wrote. “11 years ago Killer instinct broke new ground with exactly the same character monetization and trial character rotation and was praised. Now everyone expects every F2P game to provide all the core content for free at startup. This game must make money to survive.

This change took the wind out of the wind for some fans and made some hesitant to return. Especially now that it’s become impossible to try out characters before paying for them.

“Wait, characters are locked during local split-screen PvP,” Reddit user ThaBrownie wrote. “Cause that’s all I play Multiverse For. All the hype thrown out the window for me.

Multiverse has only been back online for a day, so it’s entirely possible that these changes will be rolled back in a future update. Some fans are suggesting that those who are unhappy with these changes notify Warner Bros. and developer Player First Games.

“Send your comments,” EntertainerStill7495 wrote. “It’s a live service game, so there’s a possibility they’ll listen when there’s enough outrage about it.” Features like this should be available at launch, no doubt about it. But leaving comments could potentially be beneficial if they decide to listen.

Kotaku and Player First Games for comment on the situation and will update the story if we receive a response.


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