Despite its goofy premise, MultiVersus is already off to a flying start as the game enters open beta. At the time of writing, there are more than 51,000 Steam users currently playing the free-to-play crossover fighting game with a 24-hour peak of 144,456.
Within its first day of release, MultiVersus has outperformed every Warner Bros. game ever released on Steam in terms of peak concurrent players. This includes LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (82k), Back 4 Blood (65k), and Mortal Kombat 11 (35k) just to name a few. In the past 24 hours it has boasted more players than heavy hitters like Team Fortress 2, and Destiny 2.
Impressive figures, especially when you consider the game’s wider availability on consoles including PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. For context, fighting game pundit Maximilian Dood, weighs in with this comparison between MultiVersus and other games in the genre.
For comparison sake, if any fighting game keeps even a few thousand player daily retention, it will consistently have enough players to match you with. Hitting six figures concurrent is insane, way beyond even the definition of ‘success’ I was hoping for a F2P. https://t.co/kR5Zbly7Pj
— Maximilian Dood (@maximilian_) July 26, 2022
MultiVersus is Warner’s answer to the wildly popular Super Smash Bros series, drafting in a host of iconic characters from the company’s vast well of familiar media properties. With Lebron James and Rick & Morty having recently been confirmed as DLC characters, here’s a full list of reportedly leaked fighters who will be making their way to the game’s roster.
MultiVersus leaked characters
- Joker – DC
- Raven – DC
- Gizmo – Gremlins
- Marvin the Martian – Looney Tunes
- Lebron James – NBA
- Rick – Rick and Morty
- Morty – Rick and Morty
- Scooby-Doo – Scooby-Doo
- Daenerys – Game of Thrones
- The Hound – Game of Thrones
- Wicked Witch – The Wizard of Oz
- Godzilla – Godzilla
- Samurai Jack – Samurai Jack
- The Powerpuff Girls – Powerpuff Girls (all one Fighter)
- The Animaniacs – The Animaniacs (also all one fighter as far as I’m aware)
- Duck Dodgers/Daffy – Looney Tunes
- Scorpion – Mortal Kombat
- Ben 10 – Ben 10
- Ted Lasso – Ted Lasso
Having played an earlier build of the game, we walked away fairly impressed. MultiVersus never shies away from being compared to a certain Nintendo series, yet manages to weave in enough intriguing ideas of its own to entice Super Smash Bros fans. For example, there’s a big emphasis on team composition and support abilities which will help shape the competitive scene. Perhaps the game’s biggest strength is that it will be free-to-play at launch, allowing anyone to download MultiVersus and jump in for a fight.