Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now the gold standard for what a crossover can look like in the video game world. Its commercial success and high acclaim is something that several developers will look to emulate in the future. A Smash-inspired platform fighter may already be in the works at Warner Bros., according to some new reports.
Rumors began circulating when a Reddit post from u/hugeleakeractually started gaining traction on the Gaming Leaks & Rumors subreddit. In the post, the user states that they’ve learned that a platform fighting game is currently in development, and that it will crossover a number of different Warner Bros. properties. The post names Shaggy, Batman, and Fred Flinstone among others as characters planned for the game.
While rumors originating from Reddit are typically nothing worth putting stock in, the reports of a Warner Bros. Smash game were also backed up by GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb, who’s built a reputation of being an industry insider. However, while the Reddit post stated that the game was being developed by Netherrealm, Grubb says that isn’t the case.
This WB platform fighter is real, but it is not a Netherrealm game. Come on. https://t.co/WkMiKf4dTH— Jeff Grubb (@JeffGrubb) October 24, 2021
Popularized by the Super Smash Bros. franchise, platform fighters see players fighting to stay on a platform and knock others off screen in order to deplete stock or gain points. If another studio were to take a shot at pulling off a crossover on the same level as Nintendo’s iconic series, Warner Bros. would make sense. Across television, film, and games, Warner Bros. holds the rights to some of the most beloved characters in entertainment history. Look no further than this year’s Space Jam: A New Legacy for what WB can do when it flexes its library of IP.
Most recently, Nickelodeon and Ludosity took a stab at the platform fighter genre with Nick All-Star Brawl earlier this year, though we here at Shacknews thought it missed the mark. For any updates on WB’s potential crossover fighting game, stick with Shacknews.