Before we say a word about this new Injustice 2 leak, be warned that it may contain spoilers for the game’s story mode. If you want to go in completely fresh, you should turn back now. We’ve added an collage of Batmen to stop you from accidentally spoiling yourself, so scroll past it if you still want to read on.
The return of Nightwing in Injustice 2 was recently confirmed thanks to an image leaked to Reddit, but the hero’s role in the game is still very unclear.
Nightwing was a playable fighter in Injustice: Gods Among Us, but after Injustice 2‘s entire roster was confirmed, fans accepted that the character would not be returning. Reddit user SoultakerKatana recently called this into question, however, after posting a screenshot of what looks to be Damian Wayne as Nightwing battling it out with Firestorm.
The name listed at the top of the screen says “Nightwing,” but this would still leave open the possibility that it is just a premier skin for Robin. The part of the image that most supports the theory of his return is the fact that he is wielding a staff instead of Robin’s sword. This weapon change would have a drastic impact on the fighter’s moveset animations and would likely require its own selection of moves to look natural.
From here, we are left with two likely possibilities. Firstly, Nightwing could be an adversarial NPC in the game’s story mode that uses the character’s moveset from the previous game and isn’t available for use by players. This would be unfortunate, but it wouldn’t be the first time NetherRealms included non-playable fighters in its games.
The other likelihood is that Nightwing will return to the series as a future DLC character. We already know that the developer has considered bringing back old characters to the game, and the recently revealed line-up of DLC fighters has one silhouette, on the very far left, that could conceivably be Nightwing.
It is also not impossible that the outfit is a premier skin like the one’s that recently leaked. The premier skin could simply make changes to Robin’s moveset through the game’s gear system—but the necessary changes would seem too extensive to accommodate an entirely different weapon and fighting style.
Fans will know Nightwing’s role in Injustice 2 soon when the game launches on May 16th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Players are already enjoying the mobile version of the game which dropped on May 11th.
Source: The Bit Bag