Confirmation follows Twitter tease
There have been some slight rumblings concerning the release date of Injustice 2 for a while now, and said rumblings only got stronger when Ed Boon himself proceeded to post a slightly mysterious Tweet that hinted towards it.
The Creative Director of developer NetherRealm Studios uploaded a photo yesterday that simply displayed “i2.05.16.17” with absolutely no other context. Naturally, everybody saw this as a tease towards a release date for the DC fighting game sequel; specifically for 16th March. While this arguably could’ve just been Boon trolling the fans, the official NetherRealm Studios Twitter account also shared an image featuring the exact same date, alongside some promotional art featuring Batman and The Flash, but the Tweet has since been deleted.
Not that it really matters in the end as, shortly afterwards, a representative of publisher Warner Bros confirmed that Injustice 2 will in fact be released on PS4 and Xbox One on May 16th this year. This leaves NetherRealm at least four more months or so to show off new characters, stages and story elements. Strangely enough, there has been no new info released for the game since August 2016.
Injustice 2 is a direct sequel to the first game, released in 2013, which saw Superman go rogue and take over the world, along with many of his fellow Justice League members. Desperate for help, Batman and his resistance sought assistance from alternate versions of themselves to fight against Superman and free the world from his control.
Injustice 2‘s plot will deal with the fallout from Superman’s defeat, with Batman and his allies trying to rebuild society whilst battling remnants of Superman’s regime. Not only that, but an even greater threat is steadily making its way to Earth (calling it now, it’s Darkseid).
The game will also introduce a new loot-drop system that rewards players with special gear that they can equip to their characters, allowing them to customise them visually and provide them with buffs or unlock new moves, with each character said to have over 1000 different options.
So far, the roster features many returning characters like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman but there will be plenty of new faces, including Blue Beetle, Deadshot and Gorilla Grodd. Ed Boon has also recently teased the possibility of including Watchmen characters as well, though it remains to be seen whether this’ll actually happen or not.