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MultiVersus Reveals New Characters, Including LeBron James and Rick Sanchez

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MultiVersus, the Smash Bros.-like Warner Bros. crossover fighter, has revealed new characters Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith, and LeBron James.

Announced during a San Diego Comic-Con panel, the panel unveiled these characters along with a closer look at how LeBron controls in the game. While it seems jarring to put LeBron James, a real-life person and pro basketball player in the NBA, this would not be the first time we have seen a “fictionalized” version of him, which initially debuted in 2021’s Space Jam: A New Legacy.

The MultiVersus panel also confirmed that Morty Smith will join the roster on August 9th, while Rick Sanchez will be playable at a later date.

LeBron James along with Rick and Morty join a roster that includes an abundance of characters from various properties owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, such as Batman, Steven Universe, and the recently-announced Iron Giant.

MultiVersus is a platform fighter in the vein of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros., and brings together characters from across Warner Bros.’ many franchises. Even before today’s announcement, it was an unexpected mix, including Batman, Arya Stark, Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, and Steven Universe among others.

In a hands-on in May, we said the free-to-play fighter left us “extraordinarily impressed. Gameplay-wise, it’s not as tight as any of the Smash Brothers games, but to be fair, it’s also aiming to provide a type of experience that’s very different from Smash Brothers, or any other platform fighter for that matter.”

An open beta began this week, and will run until July 26.

There’s tons of news for all your favorite shows, films, games, and more coming out of San Diego Comic-Con 2022, and we’ve got the full schedule to guide you through the weekend of panels, announcements, trailers, and surprises.

Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.


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