It has been over 25 years since the world first set eyes on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but the franchise has continued to provide fans hours of entertainment though new generations of television shows and explosive movies. On the other hand, the (surprisingly large) collection of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers video game titles have not exactly been as widely praised or popular. However, game developer and publisher, nWay, is hoping to change all that.
The game will feature Rangers and villains from across the Power Rangers universe - including the original Red Ranger, the Yellow Super Megaforce Ranger, the evil Lord Drakkon, and fan-favorite Green Ranger, Tommy Oliver (who makes an appearance in the game’s announcement video) - as they battle over the “Morphin Grid.”
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid will be released digitally in April 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. A PC release via Steam is planned for summer 2019. Pre-orders are available now for all formats except PlayStation 4 (which is forthcoming), with a Standard Edition price of $19.99 USD, as well as a $39.99 USD Collector’s Edition. Pre-order bonuses for both versions include an alternate Green Ranger skin and digital art book, with the Collector’s edition adding on a Season One Pass and two additional character skins.
With nWay having seen considerable success with Legacy Wars - which has been downloaded over 45 million times - it makes sense for the studio to helm the latest Power Rangers project.
“Power Rangers fans have been asking for a high fidelity fighting game on console andPC that match up iconic Rangers and villains across the expansive Power Rangersmultiverse for quite some time now,” stated co-founder and CEO of nWay, Taehoon Kim. “We wanted to deliver this to the fans and make sure it has cross-play and cross-progression capabilities as we believe playing with friends across multiple platforms at the same time is where the future of gaming is headed.”
You read that right. The game is slated to be playable across platforms, though in the press release, PlayStation 4 was notably (albeit unsurprisingly) absent from the cross-play reference.
It is a bold strategy to have announced Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid on the same day as the official Mortal Kombat 11 reveal, not to mention the fact that both games are slated to be released in April. While there is certainly an audience for both fighting games, nWay isn’t doing itself much of a favor to go head-to-head with one of the most iconic fighting games of all-time.
At any rate, the Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid looks promising, even if for nothing more than playing as Rangers and villians that span the 25-plus years of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers multiverse.