Along with a great reveal of Doctor Fate being a playable character in Netherrealm's Injustice 2, gamers just got more details about its highly anticipated "gear system." On Playstation Access, Hollie Bennett interviewed Dan Kirtzic from Netherrealm Studios, and he gave some juicy details that has us even more excited:
Here's what we learned from the new interview...
1. No Microtransactions With The Gear
The gear system allowing us to create the Batman or Superman of our dreams had us extremely hyped since the beginning, but we were also concerned — would there be a pay-to-win system similar to Blizzard's Hearthstone, allowing people to pay real money to gain the best pieces of gear?
Not only did Ed Boon say "no" about this months ago, but Kirtzic also confirms that there will be no microtransactions with the gear system, which should give many fans relief. All of the game's gear must be earned via grinding or by using the newly revealed Mother Box system, which I will get to later.
2. We Can See Other Players' Gear
Say you lose against a player with more powerful gear, and you want to know how much you need to level up in order to fight that player again. Well, it was confirmed that players can now look at one another's hero cards and see the loadouts of gear that they have equipped; it was also confirmed that you can unlock more loadouts the more you level up.
This will definitely help players figure out how they want to play against their friends. If your friend shows a gear loadout focusing on strength, you can equip a loadout focusing on health and/or defense. Smart move, Netherrealm.
3. Tons Of Shaders
The Injustice 2 closed beta showed very few shaders, and this made some of us wonder how many were in the game. For those that were concerned that characters would only get very few shaders and/or little variety, do not fret, because there is an extensive amount of shaders with many different color variations. If you want to make a white and pink Batman or a green and yellow Wonder Woman, there is more than likely going to be a shader for it.
4. More Premier Skins
Premier Skins are basically a type of gear that you can unlock (basically another version of a shader) for characters, allowing them to fully transform them into other characters with their own voice actors, unique dialogue and character models. So those who prefer John Stewart's Green Lantern over Hal Jordan, you can transform that character to your liking; the same thing goes for The Flash, who can transform into Reverse Flash, and Supergirl into Power Girl.
Dan Kirtzic can be quoted saying, "There may be a bunch of those, I don't know. I do know and there are a bunch of those!" This will be an interesting mechanic and will get people hyped to grind so they can find these characters.
5. Set Gear Bonuses
Those who have played RPGs like Diablo III will recognize this mechanic of the gear system. According to Kirtzic, all of the characters have gear sets to unlock, and if you find all of the pieces of this gear set, it gives you an extra stat boost unique to only that set.
Again, this is perfect to get people hyped to start grinding for those perfect pieces of gear to unlock these stat bonuses.
6. Mother Box Loot Drops!
While there are no microtransactions, there is a way to get random pieces of loot, and that is with the Mother Box system. When you spend the in-game currency, you can get any of the five types of Mother Boxes, each one allowing for a high chance of more powerful leveled gear pieces with each ranking Mother Box. While this many concern some, I don't think it will be that much of a problem, since the in-game currency in Netherrealm games takes a long time to build up, so the Mother Box mechanic won't be used too much.
7. Transforming Gear!!! THANK YOU!
My personal favorite piece of news that dropped in this interview is the confirmed ability to re-roll/transform gear pieces. Say that you get this amazing-looking piece of gear for your character, you want to keep it because it would go great with the look you are trying to build, but the stats are not impressive at all. Well, now you can re-roll that same piece of gear and try to get better stats out of it.
However, we don't know how many times you can re-roll the same piece. Either way, this is a great idea for those who want to stick with one look after they find it. I hope they introduce a transmogrification system similar to other games, but only time will tell.
So that's going to do it for this roundup of Injustice 2 news. The more that's revealed about this game, the more hyped we get for May 16th!
What do you think about the new reveals? Who is your most anticipated character, and what kind of suit would you build for them? Let us know in the comments below!