MultiVersus is planning a "huge overhaul" of the Hitbox/Hurtbox system

MultiVersus is planning a "huge overhaul" of the Hitbox/Hurtbox system ...

MultiVersus is currently in its Open Beta, and despite its initial popularity, few players would argue that it will require further development before it fully launches. Player First Games is currently working on fixing a number of significant bugs and issues with MultiVersus, as well as patching ongoing server and restore netcode issues. Few would expect Player First Games' next effort.

Tony Huynh, the director of MultiVersus' Open Beta, has been very active on Twitter responding to questions and support concerns since the Open Beta began. It's all about the way Finn's attacks seem to block other players' attacks. Huynh says that rather than making major Finn changes now, Player First Games wants to focus on the larger issue of MultiVersus' hitboxes and hurtboxes.

For a long time, hitboxes and hurtboxes have been a hot topic within the MultiVersus community, as well as a source of much confusion. Many players associate the issue with a mechanic known as "Priority," which in games like the Super Smash Bros. franchise works as a sort of rock/scissors/paper system where some attacks outperform others.

The only deciding factor for damage in MultiVersus is which hitbox (the field of a character that does damage) intersects with their opponent's hurtbox (the field of a character that receives damage) first. Finn is often criticized for having hurtboxes so big that he feels like he has priority over his opponents. However, hitboxes and hurtboxes are a major source of confusion throughout the team.

What Huynh fails to clarify is what sort of "overhaul" is planned for the hitbox/hurtbox system in MultiVersus. The development team may not want to be too similar to Super Smash Bros., instead preserving the current hitbox/hurtbox system with substantial changes to MultiVersus' roster.

If Player First Games chose to do a "major overhaul," Huynh might be a foolhardy overstatement. MultiVersus' gameplay might be dramatically altered in the long run. Fortunately, MultiVersus is still in Open Beta. Now is the time to make changes that might make it better.

MultiVersus is now available in open beta on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.