During a roundtable today at C2E2, the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo, Ed Boon, Creative Director for Netherrealm Studios and the man behind DC Comics’ smash game Injustice: Gods Among Us, talked a bit about the Injustice mobile game and Netherrealm’s approach to cross-platform gameplay.
A lot of it was our experience with another mobile fighting game we made which was called ‘Batman: Arkham City Lockdown,’ a brawler with mechanics specifically for an iPhone, an iPad, or something like that. We wanted to expand on that with, but at the same time, from the very beginning, before we even started Injustice we knew that we would have a companion iOS game that would unlock things in the console game and back and forth…
I think that’s where things are going in general with games, I think you’ll see a lot more of that. People want to experience the game on Facebook, on their iOS devices, on their consoles; that was all part of that whole strategy.
The Injustice mobile is one of the most successful iOS fighting games on the App Store with over 100,000 user reviews and an average rating of 4.5 stars. When you link your console version of the game to the mobile app, you can unlock special bonuses on both versions of the game by playing the other. Ed Boon and the others at Netherrealm may be on to something; expect to see more cross-platform play from big-name titles in the future.