Is MultiVersus Here to Stay?
For years, Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. was in a league of its own. The fighting game genre has always been somewhat niche, but the idea of “platform fighters” was a subculture within a subculture. There were enough smaller titles to call it a “genre” rather than just one game (Brawlhalla comes to mind), but these games were so clearly dwarfed by Smash Bros, to an almost absurd degree. For the longest time, Smash just seemed invincible. But now, writing lines like those in past tense actually makes sense. MultiVersus has arrived, and it’s been one of the strongest fighting game releases in a long time.
Being Free-to-Play, with crossplay, the game’s population has soared above the competition. As of writing, the game’s population hovers just shy of 150,000 concurrent players, according to SteamDB. Right now, it ranks higher than Apex: Legends, Grand Theft Auto V, and Team Fortress 2. That’s on PC alone – the game is multiplatform, remember?
A business model like this is a known quantity in game promotion – remember when Fall Guys tried the exact same thing? Despite switching from Steam to the Epic Games Store, it’s population absolutely skyrocketed when it made the change. There was a minor hiccup with in-game servers, but it’s clearly not stopped the game’s growth.
So, with all that said, how have you been enjoying Multiversus? Do you think it has what it takes to last in the modern gaming landscape? Or is its meteoric rise to fame bound to fall like all of Smash’s other challengers? At the very least, its choice to exclude the Nintendo Switch platform will bar these titles from direct competition. We’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!