For this week in video game promotions, comic book heroes prepare for their esports debut, a livestream show is born and a plastic controller has everyone talking.
The heroes of DC Comics collide in epic fashion with the launch of Injustice 2, and fans are ready to claim their fame. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced the Injustice 2 Championship Series with a combined prize pool of $600,000 that kicks off May 26. Partnering with ESL, Gamelta, Gamestop, Sony and Twitch, gamers will have the chance to show their stuff (and beat the stuffing out of their opponents) on the PS4 across the world.
Injustice 2 battles can be taken on the go thanks to its mobile game counterpart, Injustice 2 Mobile. Those who sign up for the mobile game during the first week of launch receive Catwoman as a special incentive. Since Injustice celebrates the heroes of the DC Universe, Warner Bros. teamed up with YouTube creator, PeanutButterGamer to interact with fans at Silicon Valley Comic Con. A livestreaming series called Bring the Reign kicked off May 8 with the popular gamer interacting with cosplayers and letting them try the mobile game.
We kicked off our live streaming series, Bring the Reign, with @PeanutButterGmr AKA Batman at #SVCC! Check it out: https://t.co/xXUsygkkap pic.twitter.com/CDZHcNDwUR
— Injustice 2 Mobile (@Injustice2Go) May 8, 2017
As with the original game Injustice: Gods Among Us, DC Comics released a prequel comic to Injustice 2 that delves deeper into the story. “Superman is imprisoned, and it’s up to Batman to put the world back together,” reads the first issue’s official synopsis. “But with Superman’s iron-fisted regime eliminated, other forces rise up to fill the void. And Batman doesn’t have a lot of allies left to help stop them.” Tom Taylor returns as a writer for the second Injustice comic book tie-in series.
Impulse Gear’s VR first-person shooter has been the poster child for Sony’s PSVR and the biggest launch for the platform thus far. Leading up to the big launch day, Sony has been giving fans behind-the-scenes looks into the world, gameplay and, of course, its fancy new controller.
The PlayStation VR Aim controller was developed specifically for use with Farpoint, but demonstrates its immersive capabilities for future VR titles. One of the biggest draws of the FPS genre is multiplayer—so to get players hyped for an FPS in VR, Sony invited members of the press for a private showcase of upcoming PSVR titles, including Farpoint. Stories soon poured in across the internet about how immersive, fun and challenging multiplayer mode is most importantly, how well the controller works.
Singleplayer mode has been shown at previous events such as E3—but surprisingly, the multiplayer mode was not announced until a few weeks before the game’s launch. Sony offers a Farpoint bundle that includes the PSVR Aim Controller, or both game and controller may be purchased separately.