Bad news for MultiVersus fans today.
Player First Games has announced that the start of Season 1 has been postponed indefinitely. The icing on the cake? The release of the much-hyped fighter Morty-of Rick & Morty fame—is also delayed.
The game has been a pretty big hit since its release and gained a lot of momentum in the open beta phase. It’s actually a Smash Bros clone that trades Nintendo characters for Warner Bros. and DC characters such as Superman, Shaggy, and Arya Stark. Also Morty, ever.
Valve recently revealed that the game was the most played title on Steam Deck in the last week of July, which was top notch Stray, Elden Ring and No human heaven.
While there’s no exact release date for Season 1, the developer is extending the pre-season Battle Pass until August 15, so it looks like it won’t be long.
Some fans have expressed concern about the delay, as it comes exactly when Warner Bros. is in a period of turmoil and cost austerity. Many HBO shows have been canceled or are likely to be canceled soon. The Nearly Finished batgirl movie was completely canceled and won’t even make it to streaming, presumably so Warner Bros. the loss can be written off.
All of this comes when AT&T merges HBO with Discovery, Warner Bros. Discovery creates from the two companies and combines HBO Max with Discovery+. There have been many casualties in this merger, including: Raised by wolves, one of the best science fiction dramas on TV, although the cast and creators of that show hope to be picked up by another streaming service like Apple TV or Amazon.
Luckily the MultiVersus delay seems to have nothing to do with the issues at Warner Bros. although it seems certain that the merger could affect video games. An overhaul of DC content seems likely, and that could affect more than just the movies and shows, but also future games.
For now, gamers will just have to wait to learn more about the MultiVersus Season 1 and Morty release. “We’ll let you know the timing as soon as possible,” the game’s Twitter account tweeted. “We appreciate your patience and enthusiasm and look forward to revealing Season 1 soon!”
Game delays and season delays do happen, but it definitely feels like a missed opportunity to capitalize on all the current hype with a big season 1 release ASAP. But then again, if it ain’t done, it ain’t done and if this much Hasty releases over the years have proven that it’s better to delay than to rush out the door with an unfinished product.