MultiVersus PS5 PS4

MultiVersus has just gone live on PS5 and PS4 with its open beta test in early access, with the doors fully opening in a week's time. The game — a platform fighter from Warner Bros. featuring characters from all corners of TV and film — is a free-to-play title, meaning there's no barrier to entry at all. You don't need a PS Plus subscription to play, either. However, one look at the add-ons for the game and it gets pretty damn pricey.

There is not one but three variations of the Founder's Pack — Standard, Deluxe, and Premium editions, each offering you more in-game goodies of course. These start at £32.99 / $39.99 for the Standard pack, then you're looking at £49.99 / $59.99 for the Deluxe edition and a whopping £79.99 / $99.99 for the Premium version. Whichever option you're tempted by, it's a lot to pay upfront.

So, what do you get for your money? The Standard Founder's Pack includes 15 character tokens (which are used to instantly unlock fighters), 300 Gleamium (a premium currency), and one Rare Banner. So you're paying for the ability to play as any character immediately, no unlocks required, enough premium currency to get the Preseason Battle Pass, and a cosmetic.

The Deluxe and Premium editions provide extra cosmetic items as well as more character tokens, Gleamium, and access to Battle Passes. You can see everything laid out in the above image. All told, it's not a terrible package, but 80 quid for all these bits and bobs seems egregious to us.

For reference, Gleamium can also be bought separately. The lowest denomination is 450, which costs £3.99 / $4.99. This goes up to 6,000 Gleamium for £39.99 / $49.99. This is used to purchase premium Battle Passes as well as certain cosmetics, and you don't get a tonne of it in any of the Founder's Packs, so we're struggling to understand the value. Obviously, all free-to-play games need to make their money somehow, but MultiVersus seems pretty aggressive off the bat with all this.

Still, characters can be unlocked using Gold you earn through regular play, and there are still a few neat things to get in the free Battle Pass. We imagine the game's economy will also shift over time — it's really the Founder's Packs that are going to raise some eyebrows.

Will you be laying down any dosh in MultiVersus? Tell us (nicely) in the comments section below.