Warner Bros and NetherRealm Studios has officially announced Injustice 2, sequel to DC superhero-based brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us. The reveal comes after rumours of the game's imminent announcement and a leak earlier this week basically confirming its existence.
The announcement trailer below shows Justice League members Superman, Batman, The Flash and Aquaman, as well as Supergirl, doing battle in a dimly lit room, each wearing classic costumes that morph into armoured costumes as the fight rolls on. This could be hinting at a feature of the new game.
The original game launched in 2013 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, and introduced a few features that would later be refined in NetherRealm's Mortal Kombat X – such as stage transitions and the use of environmental objects.
The Injustice series takes place in an alternate DC universe in which Superman has been tricked by The Joker into killing both Lois Lane and his son. Not exactly happy following this, Superman decides to rule Earth as a sort of dictator. Batman leads a group of heroes and villains against him, with other heroes choosing to take Superman's side.
"Injustice 2 continues the epic cinematic story introduced in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together while struggling against those who want to restore Superman's regime," reads a press release.
"In the midst of the chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth's existence at risk. Players can play from the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game, from classic fan favourites such as Batman, Superman, Supergirl and Aquaman, to astonishing new villains like Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd. Battles will take place across arenas that have evolved in scale and span across iconic locations such as Metropolis, Gotham City and Atlantis."
Injustice 2 is currently set for a 2017 release on Xbox One and PS4. The rumour that outed the game last week stated that the game was targeting a March release, but we'll have to wait to find out if that is accurate.