Injustice: Gods Among Us made its long-awaited debut yesterday, but if you’re planning to buy the game, you may want to purchase it for a non-Nintendo console.
NetherRealm Studios’ latest fighter may be its finest effort to date, at least if you’re enjoying it on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Don’t get me wrong, the Wii U version of the game seemingly includes all the core gameplay components that make Injustice a very solid fighter, but it seems to lack several features found in its other incarnations.
Most glaring, is word from Siliconera that the Wii U game has no interoperability with the Injustice iOS game. See, the big pull of the iOS title is that by playing it you can unlock content like “exclusive” bonus costumes for use in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games. No such luck for Wii U owners however.
Further, Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann recently corroborated Siliconera’s report while adding word of another missing element in the following tweet:
Wii U version of Injustice is missing stuff. No lobby system online (which I think means online practice is gone). Doesn’t tie into iOS app.
Unfortunately, we’re unable to confirm nor deny these allegations, as we were not sent a Wii U version of the game, despite our attempts to acquire one. Having secured a review copy of the Xbox 360 version of Injustice, I asked Warner Bros. about any differences between the Wii U game and its Xbox 360 counterpart, curious if I should also request a Wii U game for my review. Despite Warner Bros. generally being very quick to reply to all inquiries we send them, I never received any sort of response to that particular question.
If you’re wondering why no other news outlets covered these differences before the game was launched, that’s pretty simple: Nobody had review copies prior to Injustice’s April 16 launch date. The Escapist received two Xbox 360 copies yesterday, and after questioning colleagues at almost every other major gaming site, I determined that everyone was in this same boat. Of course, it wouldn’t have mattered if they did, as reviews copies of Injustice came equipped with a non-disclosure agreement which only expired at 6AM on April 16.
We’ve sent a message off to Warner Bros. asking for clarification on this situation and if there are further differences between the Wii U, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games, and will update when/if the publisher decides to respond.
Update: Warner Bros. has responded to my inquiry, and claims that the lack of a reply to my request for a Wii U review copy of Injustice was simple human error. The company is currently compiling an official response to the rest of this article which will be added just as soon as we receive it.