The Fighter Pack 3 teaser video was unveiled during the Injustice 2 eLeague championship broadcast. While the final between Denom “A F0xy Grampa” Jones and eventual winner Ryan “Dragon” Walker held palpable excitement, it was the reveal of the final Injustice 2 DLC characters that had the crowd going crazy. Because, as with the Hellboy reveal, NetherRealm Studios plucked a fighter – or more accurately fighters – from an independent publisher for its final slot.
Check out the video below:
Now, of course, we have no idea how the Turtles’ gameplay will be enacted, but the video hints that the player in some manner controls all of them, when Leonardo proclaims, “We fight as a team, Mikey.” Speculation has ranged from different gear load-outs resulting in different turtles to the theory we subscribe to, that the “character trait ability” – something unique for every playable character in the game – will, in the Turtles’ case, switch between the brothers. But who knows? The important thing is that this is a very fun – and pretty lighthearted – addition to an already fun game that maybe would have been weighed down with yet another tragic or dour character addition.
Not to be lost in the mix, the character model for June Moon/The Enchantress looks pretty dope too. Another female character, another magic user perhaps as a foil for Dr. Fate, and another straight-up villain for the increasingly chaotic Injustice 2 stew.
Here’s something weird and funny to think about: in a way, this is a Marvel crossover with a DC game, or as close as you’re gonna get. The Turtles, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, was published by Mirage Studios in 1984. The story is in part an homage to and parody of Frank Miller’s Ronin and his work on Marvel’s Daredevil. The turtles’ origin piggybacks on the Daredevil story; the strange chemicals that affected the stand-in for Matt Murdock continued to seep into the sewers, where they changed Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael from normal turtles into bipeds, capable of martial arts mayhem.
All we know is that we’d be equally delighted and horrified if some of the dialog between the turtles and the other characters includes a reference to “go, ninja, go ninja, go!”
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