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Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a fighting game developed by nWay for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and PC.

Development

It was announced on January 17, 2019 to be released that April, but the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and European PS4 versions of the game were moved to be released in late March. It is part of nWay’s collaboration with Lionsgate Games and Hasbro. nWay used the Unity game engine to develop the game.[2] It was released digitally for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2019, for PlayStation 4 on April 2, 2019, for Microsoft Windows on September 24, 2019, and for Stadia on June 1, 2020. Limited Run Games released a standard physical version on the Switch and PlayStation 4 alongside a more expensive Mega Edition in November 2019.

On April 13, 2021, it was announced that Ryu and Chun-Li from Capcom's Street Fighter franchise would be added as playable characters via a "Street Fighter Pack", utilizing their designs from Power Rangers: Legacy Wars. The pack was released on May 25, alongside a digital "Super Edition" version of the game that includes all downloadable content up to that point. A physical release of Super Edition was released in August 2021.[3]

Gameplay

Despite sharing some characters and basic design elements to nWay's previous Power Ranger game, Power Rangers Legacy Wars, the gameplay systems are vastly different. The gameplay uses mechanics more in line with traditional fighting games, and features 3-on-3 tag team matches similar to the Marvel vs. Capcom series, Skullgirls, Dragon Ball FighterZ and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. The game features cross-play across all versions except for the PlayStation 4 version, which enables the option of transferring save data and in-game purchases, as well as compete against other players regardless of console. Players can also choose one of the giants such as Original Dino Megazord and Giant Goldar to assist in battle when one or two team mates have been defeated.

On April 30, 2019, Update 1 was released with three new characters, two new stages, voice acting and the first part of the story mode. The story mode was written by Kyle Higgins, most notable for writing the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comics with Boom! Studios, and mirrors elements of the Shattered Grid event. Several cast members returned to voice certain characters, including: Jason David Frank, Austin St. John, David Fielding and Meghan Camarena among others. It was also confirmed on a livestream in 2019 that additional story content would be added, separate to the main game story and arcade modes.

Season 1 began on July 11, 2019, with the release of Trey of Triforia and Jen Scotts and the announcement of Lord Zedd through the Season 1 Pass. On this day, nWay Play was enabled, which featured the ability to play with users on both Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Lord Zedd released alongside the 1.4 patch and featured the final act of the story mode.

Other port releases after Season 1 Pass will have all contents that weren’t initially appeared on the first release of the game by default, although Season 1 contents remained payables if player haven’t pre-order the post-Season 1 content release game ports.

Plot

Act 1

The story begins in an alternative universe, where Lord Drakkon and Rita Repulsa are mid-exchange, as the two discuss their current plans of taking over the Morphing Grid. Once things become heated, Lord Drakkon stabs Rita in the heart with a Dragon Dagger, killing her in the process. Back in the main timeline, Kimberly, Jason and Tommy are in the midst of a training session at the Command Center. After Jason leaves, Tommy and Kimberly make plans to watch a movie that evening. Suddenly, Lord Drakkon followed by Mastodon Sentries, storm the Command Center. After a fight breaks out, Drakkon uses the Green Ranger power to kill Tommy, leaving Kimberly heartbroken. As Kimberly mourns Tommy's death, the rest of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers arrive back at the Command Center. Jen Scotts soon appears to save them all, informing the Rangers on Drakkon and the danger he poses.

Elsewhere, in the Mystic Forest, the Mystic Rangers are the victims of an attack by Drakkon's forces. With their powers and bodies stolen, Udonna is the only one left to fight back. After being defeated by an alternate version of Goldar, Udonna flees into the forest. In Harwood County, Drakkon targets the Mega Rangers and their powers. With Gia Moran as the last one standing, she is almost defeated by Drakkon until Kat Manx comes to the rescue. However, she is not successful, and is summoned back to base by Anubis "Doggy" Kruger. Drakkon puts Gia under a mind control spell. Meanwhile, Mike Corbett visits Lord Drakkon's Throne Room in an effort to thwart Drakkon's efforts. However, Drakkon defeats Mike as the Magna Defender, and puts him under the same mind control spell as Gia.

Act 2

In the Cenozoic Era, Goldar and the Mastodon Sentries travel to collect more Morphers. Cenozoic Blue Ranger is the next victim to these attacks, and like Gia and Mike, is put under mind control. Not long after, Trini wearing Black Dragon armor comes to defend against Goldar and the Sentries. Whilst she is able to subdue the threat, it is too late to save the Blue Ranger. Jen, along with Jason and Lauren Shiba regroup with Trini. The four of them each split up, with Jason and Trini's goal being to save as many Rangers as possible. Lauren and Jen travel to Corinth to stop another assault from Drakkon's forces. Jason and Trini travel to the Mystic Forest and meet Udonna, who at first mistakes the two as enemies. Once they settle their differences, a distress call comes from Corinth, as they are needed straight away. In doing so, the Battle of Corinth takes place. Despite their efforts, the resistance falls, Doctor K and the other Rangers are teleported to the Command Center. Ranger Slayer then announces to the resistance that in an earlier fight with Kimberly, a mind control spell over her was broken, once again able to think for herself. Ranger Slayer joins the Power Rangers against Drakkon.

The second act ends with Zordon and Doggy Kruger travelling to the Rita Repulsa of their universe. The two ask for help, as they fear Drakkon's interference with the Morphing Grid could destroy the whole of existence. As Rita laughs off the threat, Zordon informs Rita that Drakkon killed her in another timeline. Before she can give an answer, the screen goes black, with text on screen reading "to be continued".

Act 3

Jason makes a speech to all surviving Rangers - Phantom Ranger, Kat Manx, Lauren, Koda, Trini, Trey of Triforia, Jen, Doggie, Zhane, Zack, Wesley Collins, Udonna, among others - saying that they will never give up the fight against Drakkon, proclaiming "We... Are the POWER RANGERS". Trini, Kat, and Trey fight against Mike and Gia who are still under Drakkon's spell. The spirit of the original Magna Defender manages to help Mike break free of the spell and he joins the other Rangers in battling Drakkon's forces. Meanwhile, Doggie and Rita sneak into Drakkon's throne room where Rita uses a candle to drain Drakkon's powers. Drakkon then sees Ranger Slayer has betrayed him and joined the side of good. Using the Black Dragon Armor, Trini topples Drakkon's antenna tower, causing the Ranger Sentries to loose their powers. As the two Kimberly take on Drakkon, Rita plans to finish him off, but Finster 5 stops them using Zedd's staff to save his master, who kills him after trying to stop him taking in more energy from their Morphers he stole. As Drakkon is about to use the Morphers he stole to gain more power, Tommy appears and tries to talk Drakkon out of his plans. This fails, which leads to a battle between Drakkon and the Green Ranger.

Green Ranger tries once again to try and get Drakkon to listen to reason, to which Drakkon says "I'd rather die". Refusing to de-morph, Drakkon begins overloading from Grid energy. Tommy calls Alpha to get everyone out of Drakkon's world before he explodes. Mere moments after everyone teleports out, Drakkon explodes and takes his complex with him.

Ending shot

In the main universe, Tommy reflects on Drakkon became evil and worries about himself possibly being weak enough to be the same. The Ranger Slayer tells him that Drakkon was always alone and trusted no one; Tommy has his friends with him to help keep his head on straight. As the rest of the Rangers join them, Tommy thanks his friends for being there for him.

Voice Cast

Returning Reprisals

New Cast

Characters

The current cover art showing most of the game's playable roster.

Heroes

Power Rangers

Villains

Monster

Evil Rangers

Mega Assists

Non-Playable Characters

The following characters appear in the Story Mode. Characters such as the Mighty Morphin Yellow Ranger I, Time Force Pink Ranger, S.P.D. Shadow Rangers (the latter being in his civilian form only), and Red Samurai Ranger II, first appeared as a non-playable character, but later appeared in the game as post-release fighters.


Characters by Game Version

Character/Skin Battle for the Grid Battle for the Grid

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Pre-Order DLC

Battle for the Grid

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Season 1 Pass

Battle for the Grid

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Season 2 Pass

Battle for the Grid

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Season 3 Pass

Battle for the Grid

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Street Fighter Pass

Battle for the Grid:

Collector's Edition

Battle for the Grid:

Super Edition +

Season 4 Pass

Battle for the Grid
Mighty Morphin Red Ranger I  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mighty Morphin Red Ranger Dragonshield Skin Yes Yes Yes X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes Yes Yes
Mighty Morphin Green Ranger I Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mighty Morphin Green Ranger ver.2 Skin Yes Yes X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes Yes
Mighty Morphin White Ranger Skin Yes X mark.png X mark.png Yes X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes Yes
Super Megaforce Yellow Ranger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ranger Slayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mighty Morphin Pink Ranger I Skin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
S.P.D. Kat Ranger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Magna Defender II Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dragon Armor Mighty Morphin Yellow Ranger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
White Mystic Ranger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cenozoic Blue Ranger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Goldar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lord Drakkon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evo II Skin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mastodon Sentry Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gold Zeo Ranger I Yes Yes Yes X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes Yes Yes
Time Force Pink Ranger Yes Yes Yes X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes Yes Yes
Lord Zedd Yes Yes Yes X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes Yes Yes
S.P.D. Shadow Ranger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
S.P.D. Commander Anubis Cruger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Time Force Quantum Ranger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dai Shi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Phantom Beast King Armor Skin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jungle Fury Wolf Ranger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Samurai Red Ranger II Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scorpina Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Crimson Hawk Ranger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blue Phoenix Ranger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adam Park ('95 Movie version) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Poisandra Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rita Repulsa Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Character Gallery by Season

Stages

  • Command Center
    • Base
    • Destroyed (Available outside story mode in Update 2.6)
  • Mystic Forest
  • Lord Drakkon's Throne Room
    • Base
    • Destroyed (Available outside story mode in Update 2.6)
  • Harwood County
  • Zordon's Training Arena
  • Corinth (Update 1)
  • Planet Earth: Cenozoic Era (Update 1)
  • Planet Earth: Tower (Available outside story mode and Ranked in Update 2.0)
  • Delta Base (Season 2 Update)

Videos

Physical Release

The game will receive a physical release from Limited Run Games in November 2019 for the PS4 and Switch, as announced during Limited Run Games' E3 2019 press conference on June 10th, 2019. Pre-orders opened immediately on their website, and are limited to 2000 PS4 and 3000 Switch copies of the Mega Editions, while the regular release on PS4 and Switch is an open pre-order until July 5th. A small amount of PS4 and Switch stock will also see a release from Limited Run Games at select brick and mortar stores with an alternate cover.

A Super Edition containing all previous downloadable content was released digitally in May 2021 and physically in August 2021.

The PS4 version of the Mega Edition.

Notes

  • This marks the return of the Power Rangers video game series to PC since Power Rangers: Super Legends.
  • Despite using the Power Rangers (2017) logo, the game did not feature any characters or stages from the film at launch. Cenozoic Blue Ranger was added in the first game update, along with the Cenozoic Era stage.
  • A data breach on the game's official website revealed that the original title for the game was Power Rangers: Generations.
  • The titles of numerous achievements/trophies are references to past Power Rangers media.
  • There are numerous errors in the facts section when waiting for opponents in the online modes.
    • It states Z Putty Patrollers appear in the first season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers; however, they are introduced during the second season.
    • Numerous spelling and grammatical errors, including referring to Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger as "Zyu Rangers".
  • This is the first console game that directly references Super Sentai. The facts section references Zyuranger, Kakuranger and Dairanger.
  • On June 6, 2019, the game was announced as a launch title for Google Stadia, a cloud based gaming service.
  • The game's sound designer, Tony Porter, also provides the voice for Dai Shi. His daughter, Angelica, voices Lauren Shiba.
  • Power Rangers Legacy Wars - Street Fighter Showdown is acknowledge in this game, meaning some of this fighting game's storyline involving Capcom's Street Fighter takes place after Power Rangers Legacy Wars.
  • The version of Adam Park in the game is actually the one from Lord Drakkon's world, as revealed in his Arcade Mode story.
  • During one of the final cutscenes in Story Mode, It shows Billy Cranston, along with Kendall Morgan. However, the render of Billy was simply recycled from a Power Rangers Legacy Wars wallpaper.

Websites

References

Video Game Icon 2.png Power Rangers/Super Sentai Video Games
Console Games
Super Sentai:
Choujin Sentai Jetman - Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger - Gekisou Sentai Carranger - Gekisou Sentai Carranger: Zenkai! Racer Senshi - Denji Sentai Megaranger - Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger - Ninpu Sentai Hurricanger - Ninpu Sentai Hurricaneger & Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger: Chou Sentai Super Battle - Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger - Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger - Tokusatsu Bouken Katsugeki Super Hero Retsuden - Super Sentai Battle: Ranger Cross
Power Rangers:
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (SNES) - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Sega Genesis) - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Sega CD) - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Fighting Edition - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (video game) - Power Rangers Zeo vs The Machine Empire - Power Rangers Zeo: Battle Racers - Power Rangers Zeo: Full Tilt Battle Pinball - Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (Playstation) - Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (N64) - Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (PC) - Power Rangers Time Force (Playstation) - Power Rangers Ninja Storm (PC) - Power Rangers Dino Thunder (video game) - Power Rangers: Super Legends - Power Rangers Samurai (video game) - Power Rangers Super Samurai (video game) - Power Rangers: Mega Battle - Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid - Project Nomad (Cancelled)
Handheld Games
Super Sentai:
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: Gathered Transformation! 35 Sentai! - Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters (video game) - Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger: Game on Gaburincho - Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Game de Wasshoi!! - Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger: Battle Cube Puzzle
Power Rangers:
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Game Boy) - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Game Gear) - Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (GBC) - Power Rangers Time Force (GBC) - Power Rangers Time Force (GBA) - Power Rangers Wild Force (video game) - Power Rangers Ninja Storm (video game) - Power Rangers Dino Thunder (GBA) - Power Rangers SPD (video game) - Power Rangers: Super Legends (DS) - Power Rangers Megaforce (video game) - Power Rangers Super Megaforce (video game)
Online, iOS and Mobile Games
Super Sentai:
Power Rangers Online - Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: Let's Go Gokai Galleon - Sentai Gashapon - Power Rangers Dash - Super Sentai Battle Base - Super Sentai Battle Base DX- Super Sentai Legend Wars
Power Rangers:
Power Rangers Dino Thunder: Dino Gem - Power Rangers Samurai SMASH! - Power Rangers Samurai Steel - Power Rangers Samurai: Dojo Defender - Power Rangers Samurai: Flip Out - Power Rangers Samurai: Portals of Power - Power Rangers Samurai: Rangers Together Samurai Forever - Power Rangers Samurai: Super Brawl 3 - Power Rangers Card Scanner - Power Rangers Super Megaforce: Legacy - Power Rangers Super Megaforce: Super Strike! - Power Rangers Key Scanner - Power Rangers Dino Charge Scanner - Power Rangers Dino Charge Rumble - Power Rangers Dino Charge: Keeper's Escape - Power Rangers Unite - Ultimate Hero Clash - Ultimate Hero Clash 2 - Power Rangers Legacy Wars - Power Rangers: Beats of Power
Crossover games featuring Super Sentai
Tokusatsu Bouken Katsugeki Super Hero Retsuden - Super Tokusatsu Taisen 2001 - Super Robot Wars X-Ω - Super Robot Wars DD
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