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Square-Enix vs. DC Universe is a crossover Action Role-Playing Fighting game developed and published by Square-Enix in collaboration with NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game features characters from both Square-Enix's video game franchises and DC comics as part of their figure arts deal, including alternate character costumes featured in the DCEU and game director/designer, Tetsura Numora's Variant Play Arts Kai action figure collection. Newcomers Ursula and Mechabre from Square-Enix's Capcom-partnered game of the same name also appear as playable characters.

Additionally, the game utilizes a hybrid Action-Fighting system, using both NetherRealm's 2.5D fighting engine (Mortal Kombat, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Mortal Kombat X) and Square-Enix's Action-Battle RPG system featured in latter Final Fantasy titles as part of a continuous round feature with two life bars, similar to Killer Instinct. It's also the first NetherRealm Studios fighting game to make use of Unreal Engine 4.

The game was released on January 9, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. An expansion, Square Enix vs. DC Universe: Ultimate Edition, was launched alongside the standard edition. It contains all 10 DLC characters (5 per side), all DoJ DLC outfits, and an expanded Story Mode for $89.99. Additionally, the otherwise-unlockable Armored Batsuit Batman skin featured in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice could be had as a pre-order bonus for either version of the game.

A Season 2 digital update pack with new characters, game modes and arenas was released on January 1, 2019.

Plot

After exiling Exdeath and thwarting the Void's consumption of Apokolips, Darkseid and Brainiac once again wage war on earth along with their army of parademons. When the Justice League arrive in Metropolis to fight the invading Apokoliptian forces, Exdeath emerges from the Void, reborn as Neo Exdeath, along with recruited allies in an attempt to overthrow Darkseid and seek revenge. As the two mad titans get ready to wage war with one another, the Void incidentally merges Apokolips with earth after coming into contact with Darkseid's Mother Box.

With Apokolips and the human world set on a one-way collision course, it's up to the heroes from both realms to stop the two Gods and their armies.

Gameplay

Square-Enix vs. DC Universe is a Fighting Action Role-Playing game that features many mechanics, both from traditional NetherRealm fighters, such as Mortal Kombat and Injustice: Gods Among Us, as well as a host of new features. First, the game's fighting mechanics feature 2.5D graphics with each fighter having their own unique moves and skillsets similar to NetherRealm fighting games. Each character also has a Hyper Meter which can be used to perform special moves and disrupt combos by performing a counter at the cost of meter, another feature returning from NetherRealm fighting games.

New to the series, however, is the new Dual Fight system. Each battle starts out in a standard 2.5D fighting game format with 2 life meters, similar to Killer Instinct and Injustice: Gods Among Us. After a fighter's health bar is drained, the game reverts to an Action-Battle RPG system featured in newer Final Fantasy games (Dissidia, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy XV) with both players given free reign to move around the level. While in the Action Role-Playing format, combatants from each side are given unique controls from their respective trademark franchise, Square-Enix's characters using Final Fantasy XV/VII Remake's control scheme and DC's characters using the control scheme from the Arkham games. Each style has their advantages and disadvantages against each other. For example, DC's characters can counter moves easier, using the exact same "Counter" mechanic from the Arkham series (albeit without the annotations) and do so without draining meter and perform more sophisticated melee combos. Conversely, Square-Enix's characters can dodge/parry moves more effectively, albeit at the cost of MP (of which DC fighters are exempt), generally use superior Limit Breaks (Square-Enix roster's equivalent to special moves, per DC's side) and have more fluid character movements.

Square-Enix vs. DC Universe also makes use of character-assisted moves and slams. Each character can perform up to three unique assists or double/triple team attacks (X-Strike attacks and Tag Team Takedowns as they're referred to by the Square-Enix and DC rosters, respectively), each with a different character that's specific to each fighter. Counters can also be countered in and of themselves if executed at the right time, even in a continuous cycle until a fighter successfully hits an attack.

In-fight mini-games, both old and new, also make a return during the actual fighting game stages of each battle. The Free-Fall system from Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe makes a comeback. Interactive maps return along with the ability to knock players through walls and off ledges and into lower parts of the arena. During this time, fighters can attack each other in midair with the chance to flip the enemy around and land on top of them at the end of the fall for extra damage. This time, however, players now have the opportunity to cap off the fall with a special move/Limit Break or X-Force/Tag Team Takedown for maximum damage.

The game also features its own version of MKvDCU's "Test Your Might" mini-game. By hitting your Ultimate Attack (strongest special move)/Limit Break at the same time as (or immediately after) your opponent, you'll engage in a special Tug-of-War-styled mini-game where, by pressing a series of buttons, each fighter can try to cancel out their opponent's Ultimate Attack/Limit Break. This is done in one of two ways: for melee-combo-on-melee-combo specials/Limit Breaks, you'll dash at each other with the winner hitting their respective special attack, inspired by the Old West quick draw game (and similar to Injustice's "Clash System"). For elemental-on-elemental special attacks, both fighters can attempt to push each other's attacks back at them with the winner inflicting the combined HD of both their and the opponent's special move.

Another in-fight feature, "Test Your Skill" allows the fighter to expend their Hyper Meter and enter into a special QTE-triggered combo system to a stunned opponent. During this time, a series of button command prompts will quickly appear on screen. Afterwards, the fighter will dash at the opponent and perform one melee strike for every correctly-entered command in a chained combo.

Like Injustice: Gods Among Us before it, the game also uses an in-game currency system, which can be used to purchase both DLC characters and costumes by simply playing the game. DLC characters and outfits can also be purchased with real currency.

Game Modes

  • Story Mode: Play through an overarching story with a series of chapters between characters of either the Square-Enix or DC Universe. Engage in a series of fights per chapter with occasional QTE-triggered missions during and after cutscenes.
  • Arcade Mode: Complete a series of singles bouts against random AI opponents before facing your rival character, followed by the sub and end bosses of your character's respective side for a total of 10. NOTE: in the Ultimate Edition, this is expanded to 13 matches with 3 extra fights.
  • Trinity Mode: As the name suggests (as taken from DC's "Trinity": Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman), a 3-on-3 tag battle mode similar to Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Square-Enix vs Capcom. Fight a series of random tag teams before facing a final team consisting of your side's respective bosses and their "apprentice" (either Golbez or Bane depending on character selections).
  • Mini-Games: A series of hidden, character-specific, story-driven challenges/side-missions or games which can be unlocked by completing Arcade Mode with that character. Inspired by Final Fantasy's famous Mini-Games feature and Injustice's S.T.A.R. Labs Missions mini-game.
  • Versus: Fight a single match against a player or CPU-controlled opponent or team.
  • Survival: Face an endless series of matches until your health bar is completely drained. NOTE: after losing your first health bar, all subsequent matches will be fought under the standard NetherRealm fighting game system until the respective opponents' first health bar is depleted.
  • Network: Play against other players online in a variety of game modes.
  • Gallery: View concept art, unlocked character endings, bios, even the model of the selected character with 360 pan/zoom features similar to MKvDCU's Extras mode.
  • Options: Configure game settings.

Season 2 Update

In the Season 2 digital update, released January 1, 2019 (New Years), three new game modes have been added.

  • Classic Battle: As its name suggests, 4-on-4 team bout against player or AI-controlled teams using the turn-based RPG format of classic Final Fantasy games, such as Final Fantasy VII.
  • Invasion: Select up to three characters of a chosen side and battle a series of invading forces of Darkseid's parademons in large swarms using the Final Fantasy XIII engine. You may toggle between control of any of the characters at any time and are graded by score upon clearing before entering the next stage, similar to the Arkham series' Challenge Mode. It is, in many ways, a hybrid mode combining elements of the flagship games from both franchises.
  • Zombie Mode: All characters in-game transform into undead, giving them unique abilities as well as a power boost, similar to the one featured in Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Characters

Playable Characters

Square-Enix vs. DC Universe has a base roster of 46 characters (23 per side). 2 additional characters, Final Fantasy XV's Aranea Highwind and Azrael are available as unlockable characters as well as the game's respective bosses. The game also features 10 DLC characters (5 per side), who are readily playable at launch with the purchase of the Ultimate Edition and will each be available for purchase at a later time for those who bought the Standard Edition.

In 2019, 6 more DLC characters (3 per side) were added as part of the Season 2 digital update.

Square-Enix DC Universe
Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy) Batman
Sephiroth (Final Fantasy) Superman
Lightning (Final Fantasy) Wonder Woman
Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) Catwoman
Lulu (Final Fantasy) Zatanna
Aya Brea (Parasite Eve) Harley Quinn
Aranea Highwind (Final Fantasy XV)[1] Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley)[1]
Agent 47 (Hitman) Red Hood
Garret (Thief) Green Arrow
Kain (Legacy of Kain) Ra's Al Ghul
Fidel Camuze (Star Ocean 5) Nightwing
Ursula (Mechabre) Batgirl (Cassandra Cain)
Vincent Valentine (Final Fantasy) Deathstroke
Sora (Kingdom Hearts) Robin
Adam Jensen (Deus Ex) Cyborg
Squall Leonhart (Final Fantasy) Aquaman
Kazasumi Tohru (Gunslinger Stratos) Green Lantern
Noctis Lucis Caelum (Final Fantasy XV) Captain Marvel
Axel (Kingdom Hearts) Black Adam
Larxene (Kingdom Hearts) The Flash
Mechabre (Mechabre) Lex Luthor
Ultimecia (Final Fantasy) Brainiac
Caius Ballad (Final Fantasy)[2] General Zod[2]
Grahf (Xenogears)[2] Metallo[2]
Luceus (Dragon Quest: Heroes)[2] Huntress (Helena Wayne)[2]
Magus (Chrono Trigger)[2] Lobo[2]
Barret Wallace (Final Fantasy)[2] Deadshot[2]
Rikku (Final Fantasy)[3] Supergirl[3]
Nier (NieR)[3] Martian Manhunter[3]
Garland (Final Fantasy)[3] Atrocitus[3]
Kefka (Final Fantasy) Joker
Golbez (Final Fantasy) Bane
Feral Chaos (Final Fantasy) (Sub-Boss)[1] Doomsday (Sub-Boss)[1]
Neo-Exdeath (Final Fantasy) (Final Boss)[1] Darkseid (Final Boss)[1]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Unlockable
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 DLC/Ultimate Edition
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Season 2 DLC

Assist Characters

Each character in the game can perform up to 3 different tag team combos by calling in an assist character. NOTE: some are unplayable guest characters who only appear during their respective X-Force/Tag Team Takedown move while others are DLC characters who are instantly playable in the Ultimate Edition.

Square-Enix A1 A2 A3 DC Universe A1 A2 A3
Cloud Tifa Lockhart (FFVII) Barret Wallace (FFVII) Aerith Gainsborough (FFVII) Batman Robin Nightwing Catwoman
Sephiroth Axel

(KH)

Larxene

(KH)

Jenova

(FFVII)

Superman Batman Wonder Woman Supergirl
Lightning Serah Farron (FFXIII) Snow Villers (FFXIII) Oerba Dia Vanille

(FFXIII)

Wonder Woman Batman Superman Artemis
Lara Croft Agent 47 (Hitman) Jacob (ROTTR) Sofia

(ROTTR)

Catwoman Batman Nightwing Robin
Lulu Wakka

(FFX)

Yuna

(FFX)

Tidus

(FFX)

Zatanna Black Canary Batgirl C.C. Huntress H.W.
Aya Brea Eve

(P.E.)

Lightning (FFXIII) Kyle

(P.E.)

Harley Quinn Joker Deadshot Killer Croc
Aranea Highwind General Glauca

(FFXV)

Caius Ballad (FFXIII-3) Sephiroth (FFVII) Azrael J.P.V. Batman Robin Nightwing
Agent 47 Lara Croft (TReboot) Agent Mahone (Hitman) Agent Obrav (Hitman) Red Hood Batman Robin Nightwing
Garrett Erin (male), MGarrett (female)

(Thief)

Kain

(Legacy of Kain)

Fidel Camuze

(Star Ocean 5)

Green Arrow Black Canary The Flash Aquaman
Kain Raziel

(Legacy of Kain)

Cloud

(FFVII)

Lulu

(FFX)

Ra's Al Ghul Talia Al Ghul Bane Scarecrow
Fidel Camuze Miki Sauvester

(Star Ocean 5)

Relia

(Star Ocean 5)

Victor Oakville

(Star Ocean 5)

Nightwing Batman Robin Red Hood
Ursula Mechabre

(Mechabre)

Adam Jensen

(Deus Ex)

Raziel

(Legacy of Kain)

Batgirl C.C. Batman Nightwing Catwoman
Vincent Valentine Cloud Strife

(FFVII)

Noctis

(FFXV)

Cloud Strife

(FFVII)

Deathstroke Black Mask Deadshot Bane
Sora Riku

(Kingdom Hearts)

Cloud Strife

(FFVII)

Kazasumi Tohru

(Gunslinger Stratos)

Robin Batman Nightwing Batgirl C.C.
Adam Jensen Mechabre

(Mechabre)

Ursula

(Mechabre)

Agent 47

(Hitman)

Cyborg Green Lantern The Flash Captain Marvel
Squall Leonhart Zack Fair

(FFVII)

Cloud Strife

(FFVII)

Vincent Valentine

(FFVII)

Aquaman Cyborg The Flash Green Arrow
Kazasumi Tohru Kyoka Katagiri

(Gunslinger Stratos)

Kyoma Katagiri

(Gunslinger Stratos)

Sidune Rindo

(Gunslinger Stratos)

Green Lantern Superman Captain Marvel Cyborg
Noctis Lucis Caelum Prompto Argentum

(FFXV)

Gladiolus Amicita

(FFXV)

Ignis Sienta

(FFXV)

Captain Marvel Superman Aquaman Wonder Woman
Axel Larxene

(KH)

Sephiroth (KH) Caius Ballad (FFXIII-3) Black Adam Ra's Al Ghul Brainiac Lobo
Larxene Axel

(KH)

Sephiroth (KH) Caius Ballad

(FFXIII-3)

The Flash Captain Marvel Green Arrow Green Lantern
Mechabre Ursula

(Mechabre)

Adam Jensen

(Deus Ex)

Cloud Strife

(FFVII)

Lex Luthor Joker Metallo Black Adam
Ultimecia Kefka

(FFVI)

Golbez

(FFIV)

Grahf

(Xenogears)

Brainiac Black Adam Lex Luthor General Zod
Caius Ballad Sephiroth

(FFVII)

Grahf

(Xenogears)

Aranea Highwind

(FFXV)

General Zod Faora Brainiac Lex Luthor
Grahf Golbez

(FFIV)

Ultimecia

(FFVIII)

Magus

(Chrono Trigger)

Metallo Lex Luthor Brainiac General Zod
Luceus Fidel Camuze

(Star Ocean 5)

Sora

(KH)

Garrett

(Thief)

Huntress H.W. Azrael J.P.V. Batman Catwoman
Magus Golbez

(FFIV)

Grahf

(Xenogears)

Sephiroth

(FFVII)

Lobo Bane Black Adam Starfire
Barret Wallace Cloud Strife

(FFVII)

Tifa Lockhart

(FFVII)

Aeris Gainsborough

(FFVII)

Deadshot Joker Harley Quinn Killer Croc
Rikku Yuna

(FFX)

Tidus

(FFX)

Lulu

(FFX)

Supergirl Superman Batman Wonder Woman
Nier Kaine

(NieR)

Noctis

(FFXV)

Squall

(FFVIII)

Martian Manhunter Green Lantern Superman Supergirl
Garland Golbez

(FFIV)

Ultimecia

(FFVIII)

Caius Ballad

(FFXIII)

Atrocitus Lobo Despero Bane
Kefka Caius Ballad (FFXIII-3) Ultimecia

(FFVIII)

Sephiroth

(FFVII)

Joker Harley Quinn Black Mask Deathstroke
Golbez Kefka

(FFVI)

Ultimecia

(FFVIII)

Garland

(FFIX)

Bane Ra's Al Ghul Talia Al Ghul Killer Croc
Feral Chaos Shinryu

(FFV)

Caius Ballad

(FFXIII)

Aranea Highwind

(FFXV)

Doomsday Lex Luthor General Zod Metallo
Neo Exdeath Golbez

(FFIV)

Kefka

(FFVI)

Ultimecia

(FFVIII)

Darkseid Brainiac Orion Steppenwolf

Stages

Square-Enix vs. DC Universe is packed with 20 popular, interactive stages from the DC Universe and Square-Enix video game series (10 each). Additionally, 4 DLC stages will be made available at a later time (2 of those coming with the Ultimate Edition). Among the DLC maps is the famous Lazarus Pit stage from the Batman comics and Arkham games. After entering the Action-Battle mode, fighters can enter the titular pit and replenish their health bar. This and other DLC maps can be had for $3.99 when made available for download.

A reimagining of the classic Square-Enix Vampire Citadel stage from Legacy of Kain: Defiance also makes a comeback and likewise with a potent interactive ability that's distinguishable from other (on-disc) stages as a major selling point, much like the Lazarus Pit DLC map. In this special stage, fighters can pick up different elemental Reaver forges on the walls, granting them various unique powers, such as the ability to charge attacks (or conversely Hyper Meter) and fire one of several different types of ki energy blasts, much like in the game, all for a small cost of Hyper Meter. They can also be used in conjunction with your Ultimate/Special Attack/Limit Break and thereby inflict more damage than usual.

The Season 2 update, released January 1, 2019 features two new stages: a futuristic rebuilding of Krypton similar to the one feature in Man of Steel and the Lost Shrine from the first NieR game.

Square-Enix DC Universe
Midgar (Cloud Strife/Sephiroth/Barret Wallace) Gotham City (Batman/Catwoman/Deadshot/Azrael)
Sapienza (Agent 47) Metropolis (Superman)
Kitezh (Lara Croft) Themyscira (Wonder Woman)
Castle Oblivion (Axel/Larxene) Bat Cave (Batman)
Golem City (Adam Jensen) Atlantis (Aquaman)
Manhattan (Aya Brea) LexCorp Tower (Lex Luthor)
Novak Corps Fleet (Mechabre/Ursula) Arkham Asylum (Joker/Harley Quinn/Bane)
Eden (Lightning) Watchtower (Justice League/misc.)
Nifelheim Base (Aranea Highwind) Fortress of Solitude (Superman)
Valhalla (Caius Ballad) (DLC) Phantom Zone (General Zod) (DLC)
Vampire Citadel (Kain) (DLC)

Lazarus Pit (Ra's Al Ghul) (DLC)

Lost Shrine (Nier) (Season 2) Krypton (Superman/Supergirl) (Season 2)
The Rift (Ultimecia/Feral Chaos/Neo Exdeath) Apokolips (Brainiac/Doomsday/Darkseid)

Costumes

Square-Enix vs. DC Universe holds a base slot of 5 costumes per character with the ability to select DLC and unlockable outfits under "Extras" by pressing R1/RT. Note that certain costumes have slight differences in character's attributes relative to others in their arsenal. For example, "lighter" outfits may enhance your character's speed and mobility while being able to tank less damage, while (heavier-)armored outfits may enhance your character's resistance and inflict more damage to your opponent while slightly hindering their speed and mobility.

Select DLC/unlockable outfits may also offer their own unique features. For instance, the female Thief cosplay outfit, made popular by cosplayer Lyz Brickley, is available as an alternate skin to Garrett via DLC. She has several unique moves from her male counterpart while substituting him as the A1 assist character (in place of Erin for the series male protagonist). She's also faster and more agile while having lower health. The Hellbat Suit, meanwhile, drastically increases Batman's power, mobility and defense while slowly draining his health and gives him unique abilities-such as the ability to unleash a powerful blast of energy from his chest insignia port as his new Ultimate Attack and shapeshift his nano-particled cape-much like the one from the comics. The Hellbat's life force may also be extended at the cost of Hyper Meter, another derived feature from the comic book version. Other costumes, such as the Blackest Knight outfits, also lend fighters the ability to create and unleash dark energy constructs and blasts as an alternate special move.

Additionally, some DLC outfits are needed to unlock bonus outfits. For example, the standard Dawn of Justice Batsuit is needed to unlock the Armored Batsuit, also from the movie (after obtaining either through in-game or real currency), which is then needed to unlock the Hellbat Suit, likewise in needing One-Winged Angel Sephiroth to unlock his ultimate, "Safer" form. Crossover costumes popularized in other franchises also make their way into the game as DLC; for example, Sara Pizzini's popular Witchblade outfit for Ursula (who's base attire already draws inspiration from it), Lightning's Mass Effect-themed N7 outfit from Dissidia (as well as a DLC outfit inspired from Ghost in the Shell's Motoko Kusanagi), Rachel's outfit from the first Ninja Gaiden for Final Fantasy newcomer, Aranea Highwind, and RoboCop's black armor from the 2014 film remake (along with Neo's Matrix and Albert Wesker's Resident Evil 5 trenchcoat outfits) as downloadable skins for Deus Ex's Adam Jensen. Larxene, meanwhile, boasts Tron and Sailor Moon-themed outfits.

Square-Enix

  • Mechabre
    • Mechabre
    • Alt 1
    • Alt 2
    • Alt 3
    • Alt 4

DC Universe

Unlockables

  • Safer (Sephiroth): Complete Arcade Mode on Very Hard difficulty with Sephiroth.
  • Commando (Lara Croft): Complete Arcade Mode with Lara Croft.
  • Night Armor (Aya Brea): Complete Arcade Mode with Aya Brea.
  • Aranea Highwind: Complete Trinity Mode with the team of Cloud, Sephiroth and Lightning (Final Fantasy's "Trinity").
  • Samurai Ninja (Garrett): Complete Arcade Mode with Garrett.
  • Chaos (Vincent Valentine): Complete Arcade Mode on Very Hard difficulty with Vincent Valentine.
  • SeeD (Squall Leonhart): Complete Arcade Mode with EX DLC skin.
  • EX3 (Squall Leonhart): Complete Arcade Mode with SeeD skin after unlocking.
  • Armored (Axel): Complete Arcade Mode with Axel.
  • Junction Griever (Ultimecia): Complete Arcade Mode with Griever Ultimecia DLC.
  • Final (Ultimecia): Win 10+ rounds in Survival Mode on Hard difficulty with Junction Griever Ultimecia after unlocking.
  • Xenogears (Grahf): Complete Arcade Mode with Grahf.
  • Power of Destruction (Kefka): Complete Arcade Mode with Kefka.
  • EX2 (Kefka): Complete Arcade Mode with Power of Destruction Kefka after unlocking.
  • EX3 (Kefka): Complete Arcade Mode with EX2 Kefka after unlocking.
  • Summon Shadow Dragon (Golbez): Complete Arcade Mode with Golbez.
  • EX2 (Golbez): Complete Arcade Mode with Summon Shadow Dragon Golbez after unlocking.
  • EX3 (Golbez): Complete Arcade Mode with EX2 Golbez after unlocking.
  • Feral Chaos: Complete Square-Enix's Story Mode.
  • True Chaos (Feral Chaos): Win 20+ rounds in Survival Mode on Hard difficulty with Feral Chaos and score at least one game-winning Limit Break.
  • Neo Exdeath: Complete Arcade Mode with Feral Chaos on Very Hard difficulty after unlocking.
  • Armored Batsuit (Batman): Complete Arcade Mode on Hard difficulty with DoJ Batman DLC.
  • Hellbat Suit (Batman): Win 15+ rounds in Survival Mode on Hard difficult with the DoJ Armored Batsuit skin after unlocking and score at least one game-winning Tag Team Takedown or Batmobile assist (special move).
  • Final Crisis (Wonder Woman): Complete Arcade Mode on Hard difficulty with Wonder Woman.
  • Star Sapphire (Wonder Woman): Complete Arcade Mode with Blackest Knight Wonder Woman DLC.
  • Azrael: Complete Trinity Mode with the team of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman (DC's "Trinity").
  • Arkane (Zatanna): Complete Arcade Mode with Zatanna.
  • John Stewart (Green Lantern): Complete Arcade Mode with Kyle Rayner Green Lantern DLC.
  • Lord Marvel (Captain Marvel): Complete Arcade Mode on Hard difficulty with Captain Marvel.
  • New 52 Reverse Flash (The Flash): Complete Arcade Mode with The Flash.
  • Futures End (Brainiac): Complete Arcade Mode with Flashpoint Brainiac DLC.
  • Fusion (Bane): Complete Arcade Mode with Arkham Origins Bane DLC.
  • Doomsday: Complete DC Universe's Story Mode.
  • Darkseid: Complete Arcade Mode on Very Hard difficulty with Doomsday after unlocking.
  • Soulfire (Darkseid): Complete Arcade Mode on Hard difficulty with Darkseid after unlocking.
  • Final Crisis (Darkseid): Win 13+ rounds in Survival Mode on Very Hard difficulty with Darkseid (base skins only) and score at least one game-winning Omega Beam (special attack) and 5 first strikes.

Trivia

  • Larxene's DLC bikini outfit was included as a subtle nod to the Bikini Catfight mode in Square-Enix vs. Capcom: When Worlds Collide in lieu of their partnership with Capcom. Likewise for Adam Jensen's Wesker-themed DLC outfit from RE5.
  • The unlocklable Futures End Brainiac will be drastically downscaled for balancing purposes.
  • Adam Jensen hides his augmented (robotic) arms underneath his Neo and Albert Wesker DLC outfits.
  • Kazasumi Tohru's Cloud and Ryu-based outfits from Final Fantasy and Street Fighter, respectively, were previously featured in Gunslinger Stratos 2.
  • In an interview with IGN, designer Tatsuya Yoshikawa revealed that Capcom also owns usage rights to seductive Mechabre character, Ursula, having designed her while externally-developing the game under publisher, Square-Enix, implying a future inclusion in one (or more) of their own titles.
    • When pressed further, Yoshikawa added that this is, in fact, one of the terms of their external publisher-developer agreement for the game. It should be worth noting that he has already gone on record saying they've specifically set out to give her added exposure with the goal of making her "the next prominent sexualized game character" after The Phantom Pain's Quiet.
  • Batman rams the Batmobile into his opponent as his Ultimate Attack (strongest special), much like in Injustice: Gods Among Us.
    • If successfully negated while in the "Test Your Might" mini-game, the opponent will jump and leap off the Batmobile after the dash animations and then attack Batman high in the air with his/her special move/Limit Break.
    • Batman's Dawn of Justice DLC uses the Batmobile from the titular film as his special move.
    • The Dark Knight skin uses the Tumbler from the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy.
  • Superman's Play Arts Kai DLC summons Supergirl in her Play Arts Kai outfit as the assist character in his third Tag Team Takedown.
  • Summoning Caius Ballad during the 3rd X-Force (assist) moves of Axel and Larxene features him in his Organization XIII outfit.