NetherRealm Studios and DC have given us the first look at the Gear System in Injustice 2 and how it customizes and augments your gameplay experience.
As you see in the first 20 seconds of the trailer, the character customization is huge! Not only can you completely change the look of a character, you also get multiple shaders to colorize it how you want to. Want a version of Batman that looks like Batman Beyond but in purple? Yep, you can do that. Want to make Superman’s costume resemble Bizzaro’s outfit? Go for it! Each piece of gear modifies and augments that character’s abilities, and you can choose pieces that cater to your play style. Click any of the images to see it at full size.
You get new gear by battling in the arena, and each fight has the potential of rewarding the player with something new. Each piece has unique boosts and alters the in-game look of the character. Of course you’ll get better rewards as you level up. This line in the trailer makes it seem like the potential gear you’ll get is dependent on your level and not the level of the character you’re using. Also, by getting a wide variety of customization and boosts, it gives you a strategic advantage when fighting an opponent. There isn’t one clear method or character to defeat every character. This should prevent players from using the same character and creating a stale online environment. Hopefully the over use of Superman will change with Injustice 2.
You’ll get combat advantages from “set bonuses”. The more pieces from the same set you have in your character’s loadout the better the bonus. For example, the screenshot below has 3 pieces from the Plastisteel Tactical Armor set, and Batman is given an additional boost because those pieces are from the same armor set. This could stifle customization a bit if you prefer to have the stat bonus over a unique look, but that’s up to the individual player.
Augments, abilities, and special moves can be added to a character after you complete a “key achievement”. This is similar to Injustice 1 where you would unlock a character, skin, level, or artwork after completing a specific task in the console or mobile game.
As I mentioned earlier, each character has a set of shaders available to further customize the look of your character. Do you like Blue Beetle, but you like gold, red, or green more than his usual blue coloring? Go for it! You’ll see a small “E” icon in the top right corner of the currently equipped shader. You do get a preview of the shader before you select it too. You can see in the screenshot below that you can unlock additional shaders as you progress through the game. It’s not yet clear if there will be battle rewards given after completing a “key achievement”, or if you’ll need to play the mobile game to unlock some of them.
I don’t know about you, but this look at the Gear System really makes me want to preorder Injustice 2. I might even do it over lunch. Injustice 2 will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16, 2017. You can pre-order one of the 3 versions on Amazon or the official Injustice 2 website.
Does this trailer give you that final push to get Injustice 2? How would you customize Bane? Let me know in the comment section below.