Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Post-Launch Support and Esports Potential are Dependent on the Community
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid could have eSports potential and lots of post-launch support but nWay says it's dependent on the community.
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is still months out from launch but the promise of post-launch support was still prevalent with game’s initial announcement. While the game will normally cost $19.99, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Digital Collector’s Edition is available for double the price and comes with the game’s Season One Pass, which is set to include three more characters, their respective Arcade stories, and a Warrior skin.
With this promise of post-launch support from the start, I asked nWay Senior Product Manager Jesse Cherry, Hasbro, Lionsgate and nWay’s plans were exactly for the game after it launched. While some content has already been confirmed, Jesse stressed to me that it will largely depend on the community’s response to Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid.
He could confirm that that nWay was “going to support the game with additional characters and other aspects like that” through the aforementioned Season Passes, when it comes to actual new features Jesse say that nWay is eager “to see what the audience wants.” He does say that nWay has their own ideas for “additional things we would like to continue to do” and already has “design specs ready to go” but in the end “how people are playing the game” and Battle for the Grid’s “reception and what we hear from the community” will have the greatest impact.
This will also apply to Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid’s eSports potential. Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, which is also developed by nWay, is actually quite popular in the realm of mobile eSports. I asked if nWay had the same lofty intentions with Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid and Jesse seemed pretty open to the idea if a community actually forms around the game:
“Esports is always a complicated thing. As a studio, of course. There’s always that potential, but we want the audience to see if they want that. It is there. We’ve worked on it and put it on Twitter and worked with Justin Wong. He’s given us feedback and helped us create a high-caliber game, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Would I love to? We’ve actually done a lot of esports stuff with Power Rangers: Legacy Wars and I would love to keep doing that with this new game but we’ll have to see how that goes. If the want is there we’ll definitely dive right into that.”
For those of you who are curious about what exactly will be in the game at launch, nWay is still being quite vague outside of saying that there will be “online and offline modes.” That being said, the developers have confirmed that there will be a story mode and you can check out what they had to say about it in our interview. During this discussion, Jesse Cherry was also adamant about the fact that Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is not a mobile port despite that stigma floating around.
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is going to launch for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch sometime this April before making its way over to PC later on this year.