The Iron Giant Fights In MultiVersus Because It’s An ‘Alternative Universe’ Says Director

In MultiVersus, the Smash Bros-style platformer with a roster of classic Warner Bros. characters, the Iron Giant isn’t the kind-hearted pacifist from the 1999 movie. He’s a combatant alongside Superman and can, presumably, violently throw your enemies off the stage into oblivion. While his moveset has yet to be revealed, his inclusion in a game about cartoon characters killing each other has sparked some criticisms about the latest trailer for the game.

People are understandably skeptical about the Iron Giant’s place in a fighting game, especially after he misread Mechagodzilla in the 2018 movie Ready Player One. When I asked game director Tony Huynh about it, he kind of gave me the explanation. wave you’d expect for a video game where Warner Bros.

“So first of all, we’re starting with this being an alternate universe. The characters are brought in from everywhere. And also if you understand the Iron Giant lore, there are several iron giants. And it’s an assembly line of different Iron Giants. That said, the backstory in the website is that the Iron Giant is learning from Superman, who is his idol. And Superman uses his powers to protect people. And our game is inherently focused on cooperating and protecting your ally.”

For what it’s worth, the alpha build I played this week didn’t include a playable version of the Iron Giant, so it’s still unclear how he’ll actually fight. The game, in my experience, focuses on team play and there are supporting characters like Reindog who aren’t constantly trying to defeat their opponents. Tom and Jerry, a two-in-one character, even has an animation where Tom punches Jerry (who naturally dodges) to create an extremely clever punch attack. It plays off their rivalry in the cartoon and the characters themselves, rather than promoting the idea that Tom wants to punch Wonder Woman in the nose.

It’s entirely possible that the Iron Giant will focus on protecting his allies in the tank role, but it seems unlikely he won’t be able to kick ass like his idol Superman.

“We want to take that kind of criticism into account,” added Huynh. “So if that doesn’t satisfy, we’d love to hear from you, but I think a lot of the game and character mechanics aren’t revealed either. So that might help too.”

MultiVersus is in a closed alpha now, which you can sign up for before it ends on May 27th. The open beta is due out in July. Perhaps then we can find out if the Iron Giant has changed his mind in the last 23 years.

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