Warner Bros (WB) is working on a Super Smash Bros-inspired crossover fighting game called Multiversus, with characters like The Lord of the Rings‘ Gandalf, Scooby Doo‘s Shaggy, and Batman set to appear as playable characters, according to a report from GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb. Rumors that the media giant is working on a character-driven platform fighter have been making the rounds for the last few days, with one suggesting that Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios is behind the game’s development. However, GamesBeat refutes that NetherRealm is developing the game.
The Lord of the Rings and Scooby-Doo are reportedly only two of the properties Warner Bros seeks to include in Multiversus, though. Tom & Jerry, among others, are also said to be joining the roster of fighters. What’s most concerning, though, is that Grubb says NBA star LeBron James may join Multiversus as one of the first DLC characters, having starred in Space Jam: A New Legacy, and this would potentially open the door for endless possibilities.
A platform fighting game featuring some of Warner Bros’ most iconic characters is intriguing to say the least, though the game is reportedly on a tight budget. Multiversus may also become a free-to-play title, though the exact payment model has not been decided. Still, you can expect to see lots of DLC fighters as the company teases additional off-the-wall fighters in the future.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate wrapped up its roster just last week with the inclusion of Kingdom Hearts protagonist Sora, but Nintendo’s platform fighter isn’t the only crossover brawler on the market. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl has already been making waves with its lineup of cartoon fighters, including the likes of SpongeBob SquarePants, Danny Phantom, and Invader Zim. There’s also PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Sony’s long-forgotten PlayStation 3-era mascot fighting game. If Warner Bros’ Multiversus manages to make it into players’ hands with characters like Gandalf, Shaggy, and Batman, it will only be the latest in a long line of crossover fighting games.