MultiVersus is an electrifying combination of platformer, corporate IP crossover, and character customization somehow blended into a smooth finished product. It aims to appeal to fighting game enthusiasts and people like me who struggle to get into fighters that don’t have the word “Smash” in their titles. MultiVersus brings together characters from various Warner Bros. properties. like DC Comics, Game of Thrones, Looney Tunes, several Warner Bros. movies. and some original characters.

The game brings a mix of new and familiar elements to the genre, but at its core it lives up to the developer’s “easy to pick up, hard to master” ambitions. Whether you’re a seasoned fighter looking for a new challenge, or you just want Rick and Morty to battle Arya Stark and Velma, MultiVersus is worth checking out.

The cross-platform game is free to play and available on most major platforms: PS4 and PS5,Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X and on a computer via Steam or Epic Games Store. You can also get a founder’s pack (c Standard, Deluxe or Premium editions) for $40 to $100 if you want instant character unlocks, in-game currency, and cosmetics.

Here’s everything you need to know to get started.

Gameplay: 2v2 madness with perks

The basic gameplay of MultiVersus is two teams of two players facing each other. The first team to get a total of four knockouts wins the round. This could mean knocking out both opponents twice, or it could mean absolutely harassing one of your opponents until you knock them out four times. After the fourth KO within a team, you will be taken to a results screen where you will be asked if you want to go again. If everyone agrees, you’ll play best-of-three with the same partner and opponents, but if someone declines, you’ll return to the main menu. You can also play free for all matches for more mayhem or 1v1 for more traditional fighting games.

Rounds in MultiVersus follow a frenetic pace, and if you’re not quick to react, skilled opponents can quickly remove you from the map. Each character falls into one of five classes that define their fighting style: assassin, bruiser, mage, support, and tank. You can try strategic combinations of classes or just one trick with your favorite character. Live your best life.

MultiVersus also features a mechanic called power-ups that allows you to customize your character’s gameplay. Perks fall into three categories—attack, defense, and utility—and they change your character’s gameplay mechanics. Each character has three unique perks that can be unlocked by playing games with that character. Character perks change this character’s movements, such as adding a recoil effect to Wonder Woman’s lasso. Standard bonuses have effects such as reducing cooldowns, adding a shield on respawn, or giving players a third jump.

Perks allow you to customize the way your character plays.

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MultiVersus Heroes: An ever-growing list

After Gizmo’s release on Thursday, September 8th, MultiVersus has 19 playable characters, with three more characters announced and many more likely waiting. Here’s who’s in the game so far:

  • Gizmo (Gremlins) — Support
  • Morty (Rick and Morty) — Bruiser
  • LeBron (Space Jam) — Bruiser
  • Iron Giant (Iron Giant) — Tank
  • Taz (Looney Tunes) — Bruiser
  • Velma (Scooby-Doo) — Support
  • Arya Stark (Game of Thrones) — Assassin
  • Batman (DC Comics) — Bruiser
  • Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes) — Wizard/Rank
  • Finn the Human (Adventure Time) — Killer
  • Garnet (Steven Universe) — Bruiser
  • Harley Quinn (DC Comics) — Killer
  • Jake the Dog (Adventure Time) — Bruiser
  • Reindog (original character) — support
  • Shaggy (Scooby-Doo) — Bruiser
  • Steven Universe (Steven Universe) — Support
  • Superman (DC Comics) — Tank
  • Tom and Jerry (Looney Tunes) — Wizard/Rank
  • Wonder Woman (DC Comics) — Tank

And here are the characters that have been announced as future additions:

  • Rick (Rick and Morty) — Mage/Rank
  • Stripe (Gremlins) — Unknown
  • Black Adam (DC Comics) — Unknown

The internet is abuzz with speculation about which other characters from the Warner Bros. property. (including more superheroes, kaiju, and some very famous wizards) may appear, but the characters listed here are the only confirmed playable characters.

Wonder Woman is unlocked through the tutorial and a free fighter selection is made each week. You can permanently unlock characters by paying gold (which you earn by playing), gliamium (which you can pay for), or by using tokens to unlock characters from founder packs.

Multiple playable characters from MultiVersus stacked side by side

The MultiVersus list has been growing every month since launch.

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We are getting ready to start

You can download MultiVersus for free and go through the tutorial to get an idea of ​​how things work. The more you play with a character, the more you’ll develop their abilities, unlocking standard and character perks as well as cosmetics associated with that character.

If you’ve played Smash Bros., you’ll find the game familiar, with a few differences. For example, you can chain jumps, dodges, and moves together in a way that gives MultiVersus characters more map traversal than the average Smash fighter. Stage boundaries are also illustrated, meaning you know exactly how close someone is to being knocked out.

If you find yourself getting into the game, you can pay gleamium to unlock a battle pass, which will reward you with even more cosmetics like unique character skins, knockout effects, and player banners. The only non-cosmetic item you can unlock from cash transactions (via gleamium) is access to other characters. But you can still unlock characters for free by earning gold through played matches. The battle pass system works pretty much the same way as the games Fortnite, Apex Legends and, well… most games these days.

Still, the overall experience of MultiVersus is unique and engaging. And since it’s free to play, there’s no reason not to try it out.

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