It’s rare that I find myself so bothered by something in the gaming news, but after seeing a number of news articles this afternoon focused on Warner Bros’ Injustice: Gods Among Us and the Wii U, I simply couldn’t keep quiet about it. Like so many fans of the game out there I’m disappointed in the treatment received regarding the game’s DLC and can’t help but notice its slowly becoming somewhat of a trend for the system as of late.
Injustice has been out on PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U for around a month now and so far (in the cases of PS3 and Xbox 360 at least) the first two of four downloadable characters have been released for the game on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network - you’ll notice I failed to mention the Nintendo eShop there, and no, it’s not a mistake, Wii U owners have simply been given a vague “it’s coming this summer”. And it hasn’t been an easy road getting a confirmation out of Warner Bros. Not by a long shot.
Let’s rewind back a few months to Nintendo’s Wii U Nintendo Direct showing. When talking about third parties, not only was DLC promised to owners of Injustice, but also plenty of it too. Wii U owners would receive the same treatment and content as its rival systems – this was exciting and relieving news. We’d finally be playing fresh content as soon as other consoles were… Not quite.
The first red flag came when special editions featuring extra costumes for characters were announced for both the Xbox and PS3 versions of the game but no mention of the Wii U. Odd to say the least. A few weeks then passed and Warner Bros then outed the first official piece of DLC for the game - Lobo. Funnily enough though Wii U was omitted from any press release or email anywhere. Odd to say the least and further pressing into the situation only revealed more worrying results. Whether it was sites asking for official statements on the situation or simply eager fans hoping to get answers, the response was always the same - “No announcements have been made regarding DLC for the Wii U”, read a tweet from the official Injustice Twitter page. Emails sent by Warner Bros and even Facebook comments all read the exact same. Even Creative Director of NetherRealm Studios, Ed Boon wasn’t responding to any Wii U questions despite happily getting back to gamers asking about any other version. To be kept in the dark even after the actual launch of the PS3 and Xbox 360 DLC was disturbing. It’s hard not to feel like the Wii U is being treated as second best.
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