When we found out earlier this week that Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free] was getting an online multiplayer of some sort, I was ecstatic. This is easily amongst my favorite iOS games and adding in online functionality would be a great way to keep me playing even more than I already do. Well, it came much quicker than I'd imagined, but the Injustice version 2.0 update is out right now, and not only does it include online multiplayer but it's an entire refresh of the game and includes a whole bunch of awesome new features.

First the online multiplayer. I didn't actually think it would be a real-time multiplayer mode, rather something along the lines of ghost matches or leaderboard battling, and that's pretty much what we got. Just because it's not actual real-time fighting doesn't mean it's not a blast, though. You'll choose your team of three superheroes and auto-match against an opponent's team of three.

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When you're actually signed into the online portion of the game, you're on "Offense" and whenever you aren't signed in you're on "Defense." The auto-matching pairs you up against an offline "Defense" team, and when you yourself aren't online other people will battle your team. It's hard to tell if your opponent's team is strictly default AI controlled or if it's based on that person's play styles, kind of like fighting against their ghost. Either way, it's super fun and much more dynamic than fighting the single-player AI over and over. When battling an opponent you can choose between doing a single match, three matches, or five against them, with the higher number of matches earning you better rewards.

Battling online will contribute to an overall level for your profile, which is ranked on a leaderboard. The online portion is broken up into a season, which currently is going on for the next eleven days, and there's an overall leaderboard too which ranks you based on your performance across all seasons. You can give yourself an online handle for battling online, and even unlock new emblems as you level up which opponents will see when you play them. Finally, in a very cool touch, you can even choose to watch a replay of your previous fight.

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Another big change in version 2.0 of Injustice is the new Gear cards. You earn Gear cards by playing online, or by purchasing packs from the store using in-game currency. Depending on the level of a character, you can equip up to three different Gear cards on them and they'll add modifiers and bonus abilities to that character. On top of that you can even break down and fuse together different Gear cards to create or power-up others. I haven't earned any Gear cards yet in the online battles I've played, but I sprung for a pack in the store just to see how they work and I can already tell that mixing and matching characters with different Gear will add an entirely new level of strategy and customization to the game.

In addition to everything I've just mentioned, this update also includes a bunch of new characters in the shop. They are: Animated Harley Quinn, Batman Returns Catwoman, Arrow Green Arrow, New 52 Nightwing, Green Lantern Sinestro and Krypto Lex Luthor. According to the update text Shazam should be in the mix somewhere as well, though I didn't see that card in the store. However, although he's not listed in the update notes, there is a Teen Titan Cyborg in the store that I haven't seen before. Perhaps they swapped those two on accident? Or Shazam is hiding somewhere, waiting to be unlocked? There's a whole new tier of battles added to the single-player campaign, so perhaps he's a reward for beating that. At any rate, it's really nice to have a decent number of new characters all at once like this.

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Finally, there are many minor improvements throughout Injustice version 2.0. The UI has received a nice visual touchup, as have the many character cards which seem much crisper and more detailed than they did before. The whole app just feels like it's had a major tune-up, and despite some noticeable loading times during the online portions, the game feels much snappier and solid all around. Version 2.0 of Injustice is even more than I ever expected, and I'm very happy and excited to spend my days battling online, messing with the new Gear cards, and collecting all the new characters. If you're an Injustice fan as well then head on over to the App Store and download the version 2.0 update, and perhaps our paths will cross online.

  • AlexMilo

    Anyone else getting their account suspended when going online? I have contacted support, hopefully they'll fix it fast, I wanna go online!

    The new Arrow is awesome. Good thing I saved a pile o' monay so I could buy him the second the update was released!

    Scorpion, Arrow and Wonder Woman Regime. Epic team in the making.

    • DanteIX

      Woot. Way to screw over your fans WB. Yeah in same gravy boat as you. I even own the PC real game.

      • AlexMilo

        Contact support, they are working on the issue. Apparently my amount of level 40 Gold Cards was recognized as being hacked cards, which of course is a mistake. Don't hate on Netherrealm mate, they listen to their community more than most.

      • Jackie Mac

        Thanks for the insight. Almost all my cards are level 40; more than half are Elite V. (Yes, I play this game a lot!) I hope they resolve this soon!

      • AlexMilo

        Same here, this is probably why we get suspended. Sadly its very easy to cheat in this game (apparently) so it's just a good thing that we get suspended, this just means that their anti-hacker system works and that it takes any suspicion seriously. That way we won't play against hackers. : )

      • This Person

        I find this hilarious because I spent so damn long winning and levelling gold-tier cards...and now it got me suspended.

      • sarasalleh

        How do I contact support? I didn't even get to play my first online battle and now I'm being suspended? :(

      • This Person

        I have no clue actually.

    • Rob Agharta

      At least I'm not the only one

    • surirav

      Account suspended so you cant play even solo or is it only online?

      • AlexMilo

        We're only unable to go into the 'multiplayer', we can still play singleplayer part, luckily! A new page of Battles has been added too and there's still about 10 days left of the Containment Doomsday challenge, plenty of stuff to do. : )

      • surirav

        Well thats is better.
        And not gameloft banned for asphalt can even play so the app is useless, open the game and message banned can even further to click single played.

      • Mikey G6

        Same Thing happened to me. But when i logged in, they erased everything I had. Everything I have accumulated since started playing has been deleted and reset..Will that get fixed?

      • AlexMilo

        That's because you're actually starting on a new profile. To recover your previous game you should google 'how to recover my Injustice account from iCloud'. I had the exact same problem a few months ago. It's the same procedure when you want to continue where you left off on a new/other device.

    • http://www.dorklessons.com/ DiggedyDave

      I didn't even get to play a single game.. it suspended me as soon as I made my team :(

  • oscar123967

    The multiplayer is not real-time. You pair up with opponents that are offline, and you fight against the deck/cards they have equipped.

    You're on defense when someone is fighting you while you're offline. You're on offense when you're fighting someone's deck. When you click you're name on the top left corner (where you customize you're title/emblem/background) on the Online Battle menu, you can see how many defensive wins/losses you have, as well as win and much more.

    Was really hoping for real time, but this feature is neat too. After all, this does makes more sense since its more of a casual fighting game.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Thank you for this great explanation, I amended the article a bit. I was sure it was real-time because the characters you fight in online battles don't seem very "AI-like" compared to the single player campaign, but what you explained makes a lot more sense. I'm wondering if it's maybe based on each person's play style data or something? But yeah, still a very cool new feature.

      • oscar123967

        Yeah multiplayer is multiplayer. You also can't change the person you're matched up with, so if you're facing someone thats OP, good luck! I guess it saves people from just farming low levels all day. Pretty neat how they made the multiplayer clash of clans like (for the lack of a better term). Definitely added a whole ton of replay value for me

  • scrotally

    I can't stop playing. This update is so great. I too thought it was in real time at first but after playing awhile got suspicious when I completely dominated everyone and never encountered a super move from an opponent. It seems that we are just playing each other's leveled characters controlled by the A.I. If you look in your stats you will eventually come across an "attack" and you can watch a replay of someone most likely beating the crap out of your characters. Kind of disappointing but I'm still loving it and am very grateful to the developers.

    • scrotally

      You beat me to it oscar.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Interesting, I'll be anxious to see if people beat me up while I sleep tonight!

      • jontas

        That happens to me every night :(

  • Goat76

    I can't get my previous purchased packs.

  • surirav

    Guys do you have also have problems with viewing your collection or switch characters then is shut down?

    • Drewskii

      I have problems plus when I try to buy cards

      • surirav

        Yea also that buy new characters and even look for more so slide to left BAM shut down.

      • AlexMilo

        Sounds odd, is your device an older model? If not then try to close all other active apps. I'm on iPad Wifi gen. 3 and I have never encountered issues like is.

      • surirav

        I'm had jailbreak but now 7.1 on golden iphone (5s)

      • AlexMilo

        And still having the problem on 5S? Jailbreaking usually make your device unstable and unreliable.

      • surirav

        But i'm not the only one they mayby fix in the next update.
        Previous works all fine but in this one it crash so just wait for fix.

      • surirav

        But is now unjailbroken even i reboot my device but it think this is a bug too.

  • Morgan01

    One multiple-player concern is: How will they address the issue of the is money cheat that you see listed everywhere? Someone with indefinite amounts of money can purchase 100's of gear booster packs and acquire the best ones. There needs to be an appropriate level of balance.

    • AlexMilo

      Some of us got suspended from the game by mistake because we have many level 40 rank V Gold Cards. Real hackers will get busted for sure.

      (By the way we're now able to upgrade beyond level 40 and rank V + new Gear-upgrades!)

      • Morgan01

        All my characters are at level 40 and I have 21 Gold at rank 5. I am surprised I didn't get suspended accidentally. Thanks for the feedback.

      • Morgan01

        Sorry, nvm, haven't tried multi-player yet. I best wait until they resolve the issue of too many high level cards....yeah, played a lot here too.

  • godofodd

    I love the new design of the UI, but that bolder font looks terrible on a retina display. I preferred the sharp thin font for both the damage points during gameplay and the great big "VICTORY" at the end. It looks seriously rough now.

    • AlexMilo

      I completely agree, the new design works very well with iOS7 too, though the 'victory'-text looks a bit too jagged and pixilated to me, a bit too rough. : )

  • surirav

    Freebie alert sonic all stars transformerd quick get it.

  • shawndean

    Is there an update for android

    • surirav

      Mayby later

    • AlexMilo

      The update for Android will be released in the first part of May. : )

  • http://about.me/davidlnguyen David Nguyen

    haha I remember being addicted to this game and ended up playing this more than the console fighting game. I honestly thought it was only made to promote the console and never really get updated, but I'm glad I was wrong :)

  • Hallow

    Step 1 log in
    Step 2 play online match
    Step 3 Get account suspended!
    I've earned every gold character I have, grinding even spending money, this is BS!

    • AlexMilo

      Take it as a compliment. Only the highest ranked players get suspended, hacked or not hacked. Netherrealm is currently working on resolving the issue. It will probably be fixed within a day or so.

  • Michael

    Is anyone else having problems with some of their character cards? For example, I've been grinding with the awesome combo of Regime Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 600. Their special abilities make an awesome combo as Regime Wonder Woman generates power super fast while blocking. Well, after the update she is not generating the bonus power while blocking that she was getting before. It's like she is not getting the added 30% bonus from Wonder Woman 600. Anyone else notice differences like this with any of their characters?

    • AlexMilo

      I use the team of those two as well. Do you only lose her ability in the new Battles? I think abilities are unuseable in some of those (as a challenge). Her second Special Attack has become a bit less effective too.

      • Michael

        I primarily grind on the Star Level Bonus Battle Level 31-40 (the one that starts with the mirror match). I use the WWR and WW600 combo primarily for the last two battles of the level and before I was winning rather easily due to the quick power build up, but after the upgrade it's not building like it used to on this level. As far as I know there isn't any new restrictions on the level. I haven't yet actually tried any of the new levels yet and I'm scared to try online play with all of the posters saying their game was wiped after playing online multiplayer.

      • AlexMilo

        Exactly my own strategy :P Noticed the problem there too, It's actually a bit challenging now if you're unlucky. It's probably a bug they'll fix in the upcoming patch too.

  • shellhead2701

    I love the new update, but lost all of the challenge credits I'd built up!!! I had at least 90 and now have to re-earn them?!?!!?!?!

  • WhiteHadal

    They should add a feature in the game that records each players [playing time] it could be useful since it "could" actually help tell if a player has spent their time playing/grinding in the game or if he is just a hacker and unlocked everything right away... but that's just a thought

  • Crousti

    I did the same but after i restored my iphone, i updated injustice again and the same problem came back, everything disappeared.

  • Rinderwahn78

    after each onlie fight my rank points go back to 5000. i cant increase my rank. Anyone else got that prob?

  • Vaderperez

    What's the new max levels? Used to be 40 and V

    • AlexMilo

      I am not sure at all, but I think the level cap is now 50 and rank is VII. I have not seen anything topping that.

  • P L

    How are people going beyond elite v? I've seen evite vii opponents

    • AlexMilo

      Just like you did before: repurchasing a character card lets you upgrade it. I think VII is the new maximum rank.

  • AlexMilo

    Hey man didn't see your message! Mine is still suspended too. We can only contact support and then just wait.
    If you're having trouble with the support page try contacting them through their Injustice page on Facebook or Twitter. : )

  • AlexMilo

    Atleast you can sort of play online, we're still a couple of guys waiting to get out suspension removed. :/
    There's a lot of different issues with this update. WB and Netherrealm will fix it in a few days I'm sure (hopefully it won't take that long).

  • Kj vargas

    When is the update for android coming out?

    • AlexMilo

      It should be released the first week of May.

      • Kj vargas

        Thanks bro I cant even wait my uncle have the game on the iphone and already have it updated so I have another question I have injustice in an android what about if I download injustice in a Iphone and I log in with the same email do I have to start again or am I goingbto have all my characters?

      • AlexMilo

        No idea, I wouldn't think so but please test it and post the result here : )

      • Kj vargas

        Yeah ill do it because in android its like so boring to be waiting for the update to come out

  • surirav

    I fix the crash also have shazam.

    • Smallvile219

      how did you fix the crash. and how did you get shazam

      • surirav

        I sort of clear my currency.

      • AlexMilo

        Shazam is as far as I know a random character in the game now. If you're lucky you'll get him in a Golden Booster Pack! I think there's a higher chance of getting him than anyone else.

  • Smallvile219

    I have the same problem. I tried restoring my data from iCloud but everything disappeared. Is there a way to fix this. Appreciate anybody's help

    • lamont

      Is there a energy clitch yet?

  • Smallvile219

    I had the same issue. I spent a lot of time and money earning those characters. Now, they're all gone. Is WB going to have a fix on this issue???

  • AlexMilo

    Netherrealm is still working on it, they also posted an official apology to those of us who got suspended or losing data. This usually means a fix is on the way.

    • Smallvile219

      Thanks. I also contacted their Helpdesk. They gave me a ticket number and still waiting to get it fixed. Do you have the website where they posted their apology?

      • AlexMilo

        No problem, you can find it on the official Injustice Facebook page. Calling it an apology might be stretching it a bit but they're thanking the community for their patience and are working on the problem.

      • Preston Schnitker

        Do you know how to fix the app crash?

      • Smallvile219

        Have they fixed the glitches. My data is still wiped out.. It's been almost 2 weeks...

  • AlexMilo

    Purchase from the Booster Pack page for 25.000 credits or by playing online.

  • AnEpicPotatoe

    My biggest frustration with the new update is the removal of the changing the time exploit to energy. The fact that I have to wait 2 hours to play 3 or so battles in insane, especially when you consider there's no way to just turn of energy for like $5. Instead you have to spend upwards of $20 and still won't be rid of energy for good.

    I have no problem with a freemium infrastructure, but a game like this should definite have a premium option, at least with energy.

    • AlexMilo

      If it did I wouldn't stop playing. ever. ; ) How many Gold Cards do you have? I have a couple of pure Gold Card teams, which I change every second round or so. Make sure to buy the Support Cards which boosts energy generation. My Cards has usually generated max Energy from 0 i about 7 minutes.

      • AlexMilo

        7 minutes is ofcourse not right.. About 7 minutes per Energy Bar, which mean a little more than an hour from 0 to max which is decent.

  • MissDARLA

    Hi, I'm MissDARLA online. Who do I get Shazam? Tried purchasing the gold booster pack several times but nada. And how come the discounted gold booster pack (the 75,000) is missing in my store?

    And, is there any other way to refill energy fast - free? Since the changing-your-time thingy is not working anymore. Hoping to get some answers here. Thanks.

    Oh, and what really is the best combi? Mine is WW regime, Superman regime, and Batman insurgency.

    Thanks!

  • jonathan

    I WISH THEY WOULD UPDATE THE FUCKING APP ALLREADY ON ANDROID WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING BUT WEVE SEEN NOTHING BUT TOTAL BULLSHIT SO I WHANT THE TO UPDATE THE APP SO WE CAN ALL HAVE FUN

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      You can't have fun unless devs update your DC Superhero game? Have you considered other forms of entertainment?
      Someone needs to power off for a few min's!

  • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

    Just thought I'd chime in -- I'm a new player on Android Note 3. Game is pretty fun. I'm surprised at certain lackings (all battles end w/opponent facedown, no apparently valid reason for massive 3D engine & huge install considering actual game, etc), but I'm still having fun with it.
    I've been skimming online resources & people apparently play this game obsessively & continuously. Whoa.
    I just got my first 3 extra bronzes & my 'action pack' got me 2x wonder womans (ie Elite I) and a Harley. Oh well. Still fun.
    But what I'm wondering is best way to have fun playing game, rather than best way to 'win'. Do people think Gear packs are worth the cost, or just grind & buy gold packs, etc etc?
    Wondering if I'll win gear packs just by playing online?

  • zaqsaboss

    Ok so I can play online but after I beet green lantern the other battles are all locked offline