Those guys across the hall at GameSpot are exclusively reporting that the next game from NetherRealm, the creators of Mortal Kombat, is a 2D fighting game called Injustice: Gods Among Us. The game will feature characters from the DC universe, such as Batman, Flash, Solomon Grundy, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Superman, and more.
Here's the debut trailer, which delivers a whole bunch of CG... and some bits that actually happen during the game, like Superman's super, which cashes in your meter for an atmospheric uppercut.
The game appears to play in the Mortal Kombat style, with plenty of juggles and combos, but will have a different set of controls that are built to take advantage of the game's increased focus on interactive backgrounds. Different characters will interact with different background objects at the touch of a button, allowing "power" type characters like Wonder Woman to pick up a car and throw it while "gadget" type characters like Batman would throw batarangs at the car to make it explode, damaging nearby opponents. Background transitions, some of which seemed similar to those found in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, are also said to be present.
The rest of the Internet will have their own reports on the game tomorrow. But until then, here's more on the game, straight from NetherRealm's own Ed Boon. I totally wasn't standing behind Ryan Mac Donald when he conducted this interview. Wait, can I even say that? Crap.
We'll be seeing more of the game at E3 next week. Injustice: Gods Among Us is due out on 360, PS3, and Wii U in 2013. It'll be T-rated, so don't expect it to have proper fatalities... but does anyone want to start taking bets on whether Scorpion is a pre-order bonus, an unlockable character, or post-release DLC?