Injustice 2 continues the epic cinematic story introduced in Injustice : Gods Among Us as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together while struggling against those who want to restore Superman's regime. In the midst of the chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth's existence at risk. Players can play from the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game, from classic fan favourites such as Batman, Superman, Super girl and Aqua man, to astonishing new villains like Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd. Battles will take place across arenas that have evolved in scale and span across iconic locations such as Metropolis, Gotham City and Atlantis. Injustice 2Â is aÂ fighting gameÂ in which players compete in one-on-one combat using characters from theÂ DC UniverseÂ and other third-party franchises. Using different combinations of directional inputs and button presses, players must perform basic attacks, special moves, andÂ combosÂ to try to damage and knock out the opposing fighter.Injustice 2Â retains numerous gameplay mechanics fromÂ Injustice: Gods Among Us, including environment interaction, stage transitions, clashes, and character traits.The trait system, like before, provides a temporaryÂ buffÂ or ability that compliments each character's playstyle.The super meter, which allows players to execute enhanced special moves and unlock powerful "super moves" when fully charged, also returns.Players can expend meter to perform new techniques, such as an evasive forward roll, which provides a way to overcome enemy keep-away tactics, or an air recovery, which lets characters escape an opponent'sÂ comboÂ early.Most environmental attacks, which were completely unavoidable in the firstÂ InjusticeÂ game, can now be blocked or dodged; however, certain environmental attacks with large amounts ofÂ startup, such as throwing a car, remain unblockable. Injustice 2Â introduces a loot-dropping system, known as the "Gear System", which offers character-specific costume pieces and equipment with status-altering effects.The Gear System usesÂ RPG-like mechanics to reward players with experience and loot after every match.Every playable fighter is given four base stats: strength, defense,Â health, and ability, the latter of which impacts special attacks.As players collect experience points and subsequently level up, their characters' base stats will increase.Players can enhance their base stats even further by equipping gear obtained through loot drops, which also lets players customize the look of their characters.Rarer gear can include one or more bonus augmentations, which range from new visual effects for special moves to higher yields of in-game currency or experience points.Players can receive additional bonuses by equipping their characters with all five pieces of a single gear set.Gear comes in three varieties: equipment, shaders, and abilities.Besides the random loot earned at the end of a fight, all three types of gear are available to purchase in loot crates, known as "Mother Boxes", using in-game currency.Each character has five equipment slots for donning new costume pieces, which include their head, torso, arms, legs, and an accessory; two ability slots for equipping new or modified special attacks; and one shader slot for altering their color scheme.The game will also include five separate gear loadouts for each character, allowing players to switch between their setups at the beginning of each match. In addition to the campaign, online, and arcade modes,Â Injustice 2Â introduces a new "Multiverse" mode.Similar to the "Living Towers" mode from NetherRealm's previous title,Â Mortal Kombat X, the Multiverse allows players to travel through series of parallel worlds within theÂ DC UniverseÂ and battle against opponents with various handicaps, stipulations, and goals.Online multiplayer will feature the option to disable Gear System upgrades and modifications, reducing all base stats to their default levels, turning any equipped gear into purely cosmetic items, and providing more balanced gameplay for competitive matches.