The Power Rangers franchise is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary, and part of the festivities is the announcement of a new fighting game from developers nWay, makers of the related mobile title Legacy Wars.
Touted as being “easy to learn but hard to master,” Battle for the Grid will see multiple generations of Power Rangers facing off in team battles, with emphasis on simplified inputs, online play, and cross-play between different console versions, as well as the retaining of one’s progress throughout each version. Unfortunately, the PS4 is exempt from this latter feature, at least for now.
The announcement of the game was quite a surprise for many, as the Power Rangers franchise hasn’t really had a proper fighting game entry since the days of the Megadrive and Super Nintendo, when Mighty Morphin’ was booming. That being said, with more recent efforts to revitalise the franchise being undertaken, most notably the 2017 film, the blending of the series’ various incarnations, and even the return of the classic theme song in shows like Samurai and Megaforce, this could be the perfect time to remind many of us why we grew up yelling out dinosaur names and kicking the air in the playground.
The announcement trailer is full of flashy, colourful attacks, with rangers able to summon their partners for extra damage. It also confirms the presence of a pre-order character skin, that being a “V2” iteration of the fan-favourite Green Ranger, Tommy Oliver. So far, the game contrasts quite a bit from the also recently-announced Mortal Kombat 11, which is set to release in the same month. Fighting game fans should be in for a treat this year, whether they prefer blood or spandex.
Battle for the Grid is set to release in April on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, with a Steam release to follow later in the year. More information is available on the game’s official website.