Earlier this month WB Games surprised everyone that it would be pulling MultiVersus from online storefronts, declaring the previous release of the game a "beta," and the game would not return until some time in 2024. The studio did confirm in a statement that the 2024 release would honor and maintain any progress and in-game purchases:
“All progress and previously earned or purchased content will carry over when MultiVersus returns in early 2024,” Warner said. “This includes unused Gleamium, Battle Pass tokens, character tickets and any other in-game items – all content will carry over to the game next year.
“This announcement does not change any current refund policies or terms offered by the storefront(s) from which Founder’s Packs or Gleamium bundles were purchased… Additionally, refunds are not available as a result of the Open Beta closure.”
This week marked the first phase of Warner Bros.' phase out of the open beta in which they pulled the game from any future or new downloads. The only people able to play the game until June 25th, the date when the online servers will be shut down until the game's full release, are those that have already downloaded the game.
Fans and followers of the game are still shocked by this turn of events. Many have noted the lack of valuable content updates and others openly criticized WB calling the current version of the game an "open beta" considering it was already taking in-game purchases in the form of microtransactions, season passes, and other in-game currencies. Some of the game's more active players have already invested upwards of hundreds of dollars, and it's an odd turn of events consider how much money WB spent to have the game take up convention space at events like EVO or PAX.
Do you think the game is all set up for an even bigger disappointing direction? Do you agree with WB's idea that the current game amounted to an open beta? Honestly, I think anyone who spent money on this game is bound to get screwed by power creep or balance changes that render any and all previous investments into it irrelevant. That said, that is an all too common issue with any always online or season pass-focused video game.