LeBron James, Rick and Morty are coming to fighting game ‘MultiVersus’

Warner Bros. Games’ MultiVersus is a fun take on platform fighters like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Brawlhalla. It’s soon going into open beta with a roster packed with characters from across a wide range of WB franchises. Developer Player First Games is about to add one more to the mix: Space Jam: A New Legacy star LeBron James.

The NBA icon will join the lineup when the open beta starts on July 26th. Unsurprisingly, his offense centers around the use of a basketball. He can throw a ball at opponents or dribble one around his feet to damage enemies. James is also able to block projectiles by building a fence. Surprisingly (or not, depending on how much you appreciated his thespian skills in Space Jam), James isn’t voicing himself in the game. Actor John Bentley will play him.

WB also announced that a couple of other fan-favorite characters will join the lineup soon, as Rick and Morty are on the way. Many of Rick’s abilities are based around his portal gun. He’ll be available when season one starts on August 9th. Morty, who will arrive later in the season, can whip himself at opponents and use grenades. 

The trio will be added to an ever-expanding and fairly peculiar roster. Big names like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and Bugs Bunny are all in the mix, as are Arya Stark from Game of Thrones and Shaggy and Velma from Scooby Doo. Tom and Jerry play as a single character, rather than trying to throttle one another.

The Iron Giant, the most recent addition, is portrayed as a gentle-hearted being in the film of the same name who only fights when it’s completely necessary. In MultiVersus, he’s beating up opponents like the rest of the cast, which the developers justified by saying the game takes place in an alternate universe.

If that’s not odd enough, leaks have suggested Ted Lasso, Gizmo from Gremlins (you know, the cute one) and the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz are coming to the roster as well. For what it’s worth, those leaks are from the same person who revealed the game’s existence in the first place and who said LeBron, Rick and Morty were MultiVersus-bound too.

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Epic just slyly confirmed Fortnite x Rick & Morty crossover

We previously saw hints that hit animated sitcom Rick & Morty may get a Fortite crossover and now we know for sure. Though Epic hasn’t outright announced a crossover involving the series, it has all but confirmed its plan with the latest Season 7 trailer. One of the objects appearing in the aliens’ tractor beam is the Butter Robot.

In the animated series, Rick invents a small intelligent robot, which asks its creator what its purpose is. Rick declares that its purpose is to pass the butter — it is, after all, the butter robot. This same robot is featured front and center in Epic’s latest teaser (below) and it’s holding a stick of butter just in case you had any doubts.

There’s really no other way to interpret the robot’s presence, but what remains unclear is how extensive the crossover will be. Given that one of the robots from the show is featured in a teaser — as well as the next season’s alien-themed content — it seems likely this may be a fairly big crossover compared to some we’ve seen.

Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 7 will be titled “They’re Coming,” which refers to the aliens who have started abducting players on the battle royale island. We don’t yet know how prominent they will be in the next season, but space and aliens seem to be the major theme. Epic has teased a couple of futuristic weapons this past week.

The downtime will start at 2 AM ET tomorrow morning, which is a bit earlier than usual due to the patch’s atypically large size. Players will be able to watch the next season’s launch trailer on YouTube at the same time the downtime starts, assuming you plan to be up in the wee morning hours.

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