When the free-to-play fighting game officially launched its open beta phase on Tuesday, some players had already been playing it for a week due to an early access period.
However, it soon emerged after the open beta update that the four ‘free’ characters available during that first week had changed.
While Jake, Harley Quinn, Taz and Shaggy were free during the closed beta period, these are now locked. The new ‘free’ characters are Finn, Garnet, Superman and Reindog.
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Although there had been previous mention of free character rotation, the information presumably hadn’t reached a number of players who were surprised by the update, with a number taking to social media to ask what would happen to the characters they’d spent the past week levelling up.
The full situation has now been explained on the game’s Discord server by Warner Bros Games’ director of social and community Nikki Grantham.
“With the start of open beta today also starts our free character preview rotation,” Grantham explained in a Discord post on Tuesday following the open beta’s release.
“Starting today, we’ll have a new section of our roster that will be free to all players that will change every two weeks.
“Character progression you earn with these characters beginning from Early Access this timeframe will be saved, so when they’re back in rotation – or if you unlock them with in-game Gold – you’ll be able to continue right where you left off.
“Moving forward, character progression will not reset. All characters will always be unlockable with in-game earnable Gold again when they come out of the free character preview rotation.
“If you played during the Early Access period, all of your progression to all of the characters you played during July 19-25 is saved. So, no worries if you can’t unlock all of the characters you played before, you’ll keep and resume your progress once they’re in the free rotation, or if you unlock them.”
The announcement doesn’t appear to have been met with overwhelming support. While the game’s official Discord server doesn’t allow direct replies to the post, followers can still tag it with emojis. The pleading, weary, skull, crying and thumbs down emojis are among those that have been used most in response.
Free character rotation isn’t unique to MultiVersus, of course. Other free-to-play games such as League of Legends also regularly rotate playable characters, partly to encourage players to experiment, but also in an attempt to get those who favour a specific free character to buy them once they’re locked again.
Locked characters can be permanently unlocked with Coins (which are earned in-game) or with Gleamium (a premium currency which has to be bought with real money). Each character has a different price in Coins but they all cost 700 Gleamium (around $7).
The game’s Founder’s Packs, which can be bought with real money, also include a number of Character Unlock Tokens, which let players unlock fighters instantly without having to spend Gold or Gleamium.
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