I’m as cynical as it comes when “rumors” of a new game pop up. Regardless of the source, I tend to paint any such information as someone looking to sound cool by dishing “inside information” on an unannounced game project that only they know about and farming internet points — or at least Reddit karma, which is slightly more tangible — with the masses.
That said, the current rumor floating around is so bizarre and so surreal that I can’t imagine someone making it up and thinking people would take it seriously. If this game sees the light of day, we’ll finally have the answer to the age-old question: Who would win in a fight between Gandalf and Batman? Alternatively, who would win in a fight between LeBron James and Harry Potter?
Those answers, and more, would be answered by a Warner Bros.-licensed fighting game that’s in the works, according to a Redditor who’s supposedly in the know. While gaming journalist Jeff Grubb has stated that the title is not being developed by NetherRealm, as the Redditor claims, he still agrees that “the WB platform fighter is real,” while the original leaker claims to have received several messages corroborating his information, which he described as “a huge open secret.”
As Grubb mentioned, the game does appear to be a platform fighter, ostensibly in the vein of Smash Bros. or the more recent Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, but with characters spanning the breadth of WB’s licensed film properties. The roster supposedly includes the aforementioned Gandalf, Batman, and Harry Potter, along with Harry’s friend Ron Weasley, Tom & Jerry, Fred Flinstone, Johnny Bravo, and Mad Max. The leaker said that “rights are weird” for the Harry Potter characters, so their inclusion is not guaranteed. Grubb later went on to say that the NBA’s LeBron James (think Space Jam) would be a DLC character for the game, which he said was “free-to-play” and “looks cheap.”
Another intriguing piece of corroborating information is that WB applied for a trademark for the term “Multiversus” on September 27, which sounds like it could be a perfect title for a chaotic mashup like this one.
Naturally, there’s no confirmation from Warner Brothers on whether this title exists in any state of development, and we wouldn’t expect to hear about it if it did. If it is for real — and, skeptical as I am, I’m inclined to believe it is — then it would be one of the strangest games to come out in recent memory — and I have to admit, I’d want to try it out, even if it is “cheap.” How about you?