With Marvel’s Midnight Suns, Firaxis, the studio behind the rebirth of XCOM, has set its eyes on the Marvel world. Although the next tactical game set in the Marvel universe will have some similarities to the sci-fi alien series, it will be far from a superhero re-skin. The following is a rundown of what we know about Marvel’s Midnight Suns.
The release date for Marvel’s Midnight Suns had been slated for March 2022 when it was first announced. The game’s release date was pushed out in November, and it’s currently set for the second half of 2022, with no particular date determined.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns will be available on every major platform, including PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.
Midnight Suns is a tactical role-playing game from the same team that brought us XCOM. Combat will be turn-based, similar to XCOM, but with a significant difference. Instead of having fixed abilities, your heroes will each have a deck of ability cards that will be mixed when three of them are brought into combat together.
These cards can be used to empower other players or fling adversaries about the battlefield, and they range from simple attacks to exceptional skills. Variations on the cards can also be added to fit your playing style.
The Heroism meter will fill up as you use these skills. The Abbey, your base of operations, will then allow you to use Heroic powers, which are extraordinary superpowered moves obtained by forming bonds with other characters. Finally, Midnight Suns feature destructible landscapes, which will give combat a new tactical twist.
The plot of Midnight Suns is partially inspired by the 1990s television series Rise of the Midnight Suns, a crossover event in which the Avengers joined forces with supernatural and magical heroes to combat a demonic threat. Because the plot concentrates on supernatural threats, the cast includes characters like Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider, Magik, and Blade, who specialize in magical skills. Marvel staples such as Captain America, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, and Wolverine join those characters.
There will be a total of 13 playable characters, including your player. The Hunter is a character that may be customized in every way, from appearance to power set. The Hunter was developed in collaboration with Marvel, according to Firaxis.
Firaxis has announced no plans for multiplayer in Marvel’s Midnight Suns. It did include multiplayer in XCOM 2, so Midnight Suns may get a multiplayer mode as well.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns PC system requirements have yet to be announced by Firaxis. We can expect to see the game much closer to release now that it has been pushed back to the second half of 2022.
Firaxis has informed fans (through Twitter) that no microtransactions will be available that affect the card-based fighting system or gameplay. However, it has stated that it would sell cosmetics character skins. Another DLC has not been announced by the studio. Preorders for Marvel’s Midnight Suns are yet to open.