With the days growing ever closer to the release of NetherRealm Studios' forthcoming fighting game, Injustice 2, the developer has decided to give fans of the DC Comics-inspired franchise a closer look at the title's unlockable loot and gear system with a new trailer. The new feature is set to allow players to collect and equip gear that doesn't just serve a cosmetic purpose for characters' costumes, but also will also affect the abilities and attributes of the game's various heroes and villains.
As seen in the trailer below, fans will be able to acquire various pieces of gear as they progress throughout the game, with the loot modifying characters' four different stats of strength, ability, defense, and health. Furthermore, the items in Injustice 2 will also offer other multipliers and changes, such as the chance to earn more in-game currency or the ability to reduce the damage heroes and villains receive when being slammed through the transition portions of the game's different stages.
As NetherRealm Studios also makes evident in the latest trailer for Injustice 2, players will be incentivized to collect all of the pieces of gear for a particular set, for when characters wear the full ensemble, they will receive additional perks. Not to mention, the completed sets of gear and alternate costumes in the fighting game are more often than not great references to the multitude of classic storylines that have occurred throughout the history of the DC Universe.
For those wondering whether or not gear will be able to be purchased with real world money via microtransactions in Injustice 2, NetherRealm Studios has already assuaged fans' concerns that while the in-game currency known as Source Crystals can actually be bought with actual dollars and cents, they can't be used to buy gear to gain a competitive edge. As explained by the developer, Source Crystals are to be viewed as more of a more nuanced way to alter the cosmetic look of characters, and can even technically change them into other heroes or villains altogether. For example, Supergirl can be changed into Power Girl, but she will still retain her original move set.
Taking all of this into consideration, it seems as if NetherRealm Studios is intent on improving upon the original entry in the fighting game series in more ways than one with Injustice 2. On top of its RPG-like loot and gear system, the sequel boasts quite a sizeable roster of quintessential and obscure characters, and looks to have an even more coherent and grimmer story this time around to justify the heroes and villains practically beating one another to a pulp. With any luck, once Injustice 2 hits store shelves, it will handily surpass the first installment in terms of overall quality.
Injustice 2 is set to release on May 16, 2017 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Source: Injustice – YouTube