NetherRealm Studios released a new trailer for Injustice 2 covering the game's gear system, a really cool and in-depth meta-game that changes the way each fighter plays, and also changes the way each fighter looks.
The core of it is that as you play the game and level up each of the characters, you unlock new gear pieces when you win matches. You can access higher level gear by completing specific achievements or requirements during a match. This will grant you access to new parts that you can deck the character out with.
The gear pieces affect two different elements of the various heroes and villains in Injustice 2, including appearance and stats. The pieces are available for the head, torso, arms and legs. For some characters with weapons or certain accessories, you can also modify those as well.
The different look of the gear will allow you to give each hero and villain in the game their own unique visual look. The trailer demonstrates Catwoman in a number of different outfits, including one that hearkened back to the days of her purple leotard jumpsuit. We get to see a variety of Bane's outfits in the trailer as well, including one that was a mixture of the outfit he wore in Batman: The Animated Series fused with the Nolanverse suit from The Dark Knight Rises.
One of the characters on the Injustice 2 roster I was most intrigued about was Cheetah and what sort of gear she would get in the game. It turns out they have a lot of tribal gear for her as well as pieces of equipment that seem to match her feral appearance.
But it's not just the gear pieces that can be collected by winning fights... there are also various skins that can be unlocked as well. We see Superman getting decked out in the Red Son outfit, but then it's altered and the color scheme is switched to the Sacrificial Son. So you can actually mix the outfits and color schemes from different comic costumes, which is a really cool feature they implemented into Injustice 2.
Also, fighting and unlocking new pieces of gear, new colors and new skins will add a lot of replay value to the game, especially considering that there are gear pieces, skins and color schemes for every character in the game.
But gear isn't just about looks. The second role they play in the game is boosting the character's stats. There's strength, abilities, defense and HP -- each of which can be altered and modified depending on the gear you equip on the character. There are also special bonus attributes for some pieces of equipment, along with special set bonuses. So players are encouraged to not only mix and match pieces to find a balance that best works for them, but also attempt to collect all the gear in each set.
If they play their cards right, Injustice 2 could be a huge game for NetherRealm Studios, and it seems as if there's a lot of replayable content packed into the upcoming title, which is due for release on May 16th for the Xbox One and PS4.