Another surprise delisting announcement I missed while I was out that I wanted to circle back on was MultiVersus. The Warner Brothers cross-property Smash-like launched as an ongoing Open Beta in July of 2022 but will soon be temporarily removed from digital stores on April 4th ahead of its — also temporary — service shutting down on June 25th. The team’s announcement from March 27th explains why the game is shutting down temporarily and that it hopes to hit an “early 2024” relaunch.
I’m here today on behalf of the entire MultiVersus team to say thank you for your support during our Open Beta. We’ve been excited to see the interest and enthusiasm from the community and your feedback has been invaluable. We continue to be humbled by the awards the game has received and excited to see the enjoyment that MultiVersus has brought to players.
Throughout our Open Beta, we’ve been working hard to build the best gameplay experience, and we appreciate all of the inspiration you’ve given us. Our Open Beta has been an important learning opportunity for us and a stepping stone to the next phase of MultiVersus.
We know there’s still a lot of work to do. As a result, we have a clearer view of what we need to focus on, specifically the content cadence of new characters, maps and modes to give you more ways to enjoy the game, along with updated netcode and more matchmaking improvements. We’ll also be reworking the progression system based on your feedback and looking at new ways for you to connect with your friends in the game.
To do this the right way, we will be closing the MultiVersus Open Beta on June 25, 2023. As part of this process, we’ll be pausing updates and taking the game offline as we prepare for the launch of MultiVersus, which we are targeting for early 2024.
I’m sure you’re wondering what this means for you. During this downtime, all online modes and features will be unavailable. You will have limited offline access to the training room (known as The Lab) and local matches, along with access to your characters and cosmetic items within these modes.
We do know that this news might be disappointing, but rest assured, MultiVersus will be back. We’ll also ensure that all of your progress and content will carry over when MultiVersus returns next year, with a variety of new content, features and modes. Along the way, we’ll be providing updates so keep an eye on our social channels and website, as well as our dedicated FAQ.
Thank you again to the entire MultiVersus community. We greatly appreciate your passion and excitement and can’t wait to share our next chapter with you.Warner Bros. Games Announcement – March 27th, 2023
The post continues with a short FAQ confirming that ‘The Lab’ mode and local matches will remain accessible offline after June 25th. Any previously earned or purchased characters or cosmetics will also be available in those modes. The team is further promising that all earned or purchased content — unused Gleamium, Battle Pass tokens, character tickets and any other in-game items — will be carried over when the game relaunches in 2024.
Until April 4th you can still grab the game for free on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X|S, and on PC from Steam and the Epic Games Store. Thanks to everyone who submitted the news, I’ve added the dates to the Watch List calendar and we’ll have a page up on the site later.