On the one hand, I’ll believe it when I see it. On the other hand, something as cynical as a “Smash Warner Bros.” game inspired by Mighty Shaggy meme is exactly what I would expect from the company behind Space Jam 2.
This rumor started with a post on GamingLeaksAndRumours which claims that a cross-platform fighter called Multiversus is in development, and it will feature characters such as Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings, Tom & Jerry, Batman, Fred Flintstone, Mad Max and Johnny Bravo.
“I was told that the origin of this game was actually due to the Shaggy-based memes entering Mortal Kombat in its ‘Ultra Instinct’ form,” the post said, which refers to a trademark application for the name Multiversus as his only proof. The Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms animated film starred Shaggy stepping out of the Warner Bros. logo. to grab Scorpio in reference to the meme, so I guess the folks at WB should be aware of that?
THEY DID ULTRA INSTINCT SHAGGY CANON ?! pic.twitter.com/5cU9hHy8Q8August 31, 2021
The post also claimed that NetherRealm would be the developer, which was disputed by the patron saint of video game leaks Jeff Grubb. Grubb tweeted, “This WB platform fighter is real, but it’s not a Netherrealm game. Come on.”
If that’s true and NetherRealm is pretty busy with Mortal Kombat 12 or whatever, then who would be willing to develop that? Hope someone gives it a better PC version than the shoddy Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl port. Riot Games has this League of Legends fighting game named Project L coming up, maybe the reason they’ve been so quiet about it is that they pit League of Legends characters against Shaggy and Batman, Marvel vs. Capcom-style? Honestly, after the Dune / Fortnite crossover, who knows what someone in marketing is going to give the green light next.