'Injustice 2' release date, news: GameStop's marketing plans point to possible launch in first half of 2017

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Players waiting for the launch of “Injustice 2” can finally mark down their calendars as the release window for the game sequel has apparently been leaked.

According to WCCFtech, in the latest earnings report of GameStop, the retailer detailed its marketing plans for the rest of the year up to the first half of 2017. Interestingly, among the key titles included is the second entry in NetherRealm Studios’ franchise. However, a specific date has not been mentioned, only that it can be expected during the first few months.

It can be recalled that when the upcoming installment was announced earlier this year, the developer continued to hype up the game by releasing 15 minutes of gameplay footage and even let some gamers have a hands-on preview.

Based on the news outlet’s source, it can be expected that the loot system will provide players with not only cosmetic items but also functional equipment as rewards after certain matches. The idea behind this is to make characters like Batman or Superman customizable and unique both in aesthetics and skill sets. It appears that there will be more than a thousand options to choose from for each character since the categories are further divided into body parts and adornments.

However, if “Injustice 2” indeed arrives sometime in the first quarter of 2017, Gamerant notes that it will be up for some tough competition. The list of upcoming games for February 2017 includes “Nier: Automata,” “For Honor,” “Nioh,” “Halo Wars 2” and “Horizon: Zero Dawn.” Meanwhile, in March, “Mass Effect: Andromeda,” “Ghost Recon: Wildlands” and the launch of Nintendo Switch console including all the titles on its roster will take place.

NetherRealm’s publisher, Warner Bros., has yet to confirm the touted release date. Some of the previously teased characters such as the Watchmen, Sub-Zero and Spawn have yet to be seen in any of the promotional materials. As such, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.