Last week we noticed that Warner Bros. bought the Injustice.com domain last week, but it wasn't clear what the domain was for. Then yesterday Internet sleuth, superannuation, assumed it was an unannounced Turbine game. But since we were interested in the possible Injustice League tie-in, we started to keep an eye on the website because it could be any new WB project.
This morning, Injustice.com came online and is showing a surprise teaser for NetherRealm Studios' next fighting game, based in the DC Universe, Injustice: Gods Among Us. This is to be NetherRealm's second fighting game to feature DC Universe characters since the Mortal Kombat crossover Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, produced when the studio was still Midway Games. Unlike Mortal Kombat (2011), it looks like Injustice will also be available on the new Nintendo Wii U, in addition to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Currently, the release date has been broadly set to sometime next year, 2013.
Update 9:08AM: Looks like Gamespot has an exclusive Announcement Trailer for the game up. You can see it below:
The Injustice website is currently live with a few renders of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Harley Quinn and Solomon Grundy. The website also has Social Media links so that you can follow updates from the game creators directly from the source on both Twitter @InjusticeGame and Injustice on Facebook.
It's not entirely surprising to see another non-Mortal Kombat game from the studio. Since the release of Arkham City Lockdown earlier this year NetherRealm's Creative Director Ed Boon has openly said that non-MK games are being developed along side future MK games at the studio. When will see another Mortal Kombat game? That's yet to be seen, just Ed recently commented that Mortal Kombat 9 just came out last year. What we do know is that we're extremely excited to see another fighting game from NetherRealm Studios next year in 2013.
The game will likely be at E3 next week and we have sent Scott to cover the show for us. He will be working on bringing you news and thoughts directly from the E3 show floor and also the big 3's media briefings all next week. So be sure to follow us at @TRMK on Twitter and like our Facebook page. For non-specific E3 news next week also follow Scott at @Hawk_SE on Twitter.
Update 9:40AM: Now Gamespot has an interview up with Ed Boon about Injustice that goes into detail on the arenas and how they matter to the game. Also how DC Comics let them re-envision the character models a bit with their own twists.
Update 10am: We now have the full Press Release which you can read in it's entirety below:
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES
Injustice: Gods Among Us
New Fighting Game Franchise from the Makers of Award-Winning Mortal Kombat Franchise Revealed
BURBANK, Calif. – May 31, 2012 – What if our greatest heroes became our greatest threat? Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced Injustice: Gods Among Us, an all-new game in development by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, creators of the definitive fighting game franchise Mortal Kombat. The game is scheduled for release in 2013 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Wii U™ system from Nintendo.
Injustice: Gods Among Us debuts as a bold new fighting game franchise that introduces a deep, original story featuring a large cast of favorite DC Comics icons such as Batman, Harley Quinn, Solomon Grundy, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and many others. Set in a world where the lines between good and evil are blurred, players will experience heroes and villains engaging in epic battles on a massive scale.
“With Injustice: Gods Among Us, we are creating an all-new franchise with incredible battles set in the DC Comics Universe,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “NetherRealm Studios is the extremely talented team behind the latest Mortal Kombat hit and it is developing a game unlike any other in the fighting genre.”
“We can’t wait to reveal Injustice: Gods Among Us because it will give our fans and gamers an epic experience as they battle like gods as their favorite DC Comics villains and heroes,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “Our team is excited to make a fighting game that is filled with fast-paced action, incredible story-telling and iconic DC Comics characters.”
For more information, visit www.injustice.com.