Report: Warner Bros working on Smash Bros-esque game

Report: Warner Bros working on Smash Bros-esque game

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment is apparently developing a Smash Bros-style title that would see characters from its roster of IP duking it out.

That's according to a post on the r/GamingLeaksandRumours subreddit, which says that said project would bring together characters including Scooby Doo's Shaggy, Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, Batman and Fred Flinstone. Cartoon cat and mouse Tom and Jerry are also reportedly said to make an appearance, as are Mad Max's Max Rockatansky and Johnny Bravo.

Apparently Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm is at the helm of this project. It could also be called Multiversus, per a trademark filing that Warner Bros submitted in September.

Though this all sounds incredibly strange, it has been corroborated by GamesBeat's Jeff Grubb, who said on Twitter that Warner Bros' "platform fighter is real," though did go on to say that NetherRealm isn't the one developing this game.

Warner Bros wouldn't be the first company to try and emulate Nintendo's Super Smash Bros formula, where characters from a wide variety of series chaotically duke it out. Back in 2012, Sony released PlayStation Battle All-Stars Battle Royale, which received mixed reviews on its launch, while more recently, Spongebob Squarepants and co have been brawling in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

This also wouldn't be the first time that Warner Bros has, er, smashed together many of its IP. The company's toys-to-life play LEGO Dimensions featured characters from its roster of franchises.


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