Marvel’s Midnight Suns: New Footage Reveals More Gameplay Details
New Marvel’s Midnight Suns footage reveals more gameplay and story details of this tactical RPG from the creators of XCOM.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns recently got announced at Gamescom 2021’s Opening Night Live showcase. Developed by Firaxis Games, Marvel’s Midnight Suns brings the supernatural side of Marvel to the forefront in this loose adaption of the Midnight Sons comics from the ’90s.
Firaxis Games has asserted that this isn’t simply an XCOM game with a Marvel skin. Shortly after reveal, they confirmed that the infamous permadeath system of the XCOM games is gone. Explaining that very early on during development, they realized that they would have to make a different kind of game as the fantasies being provided by XCOM and Marvel’s Midnight Suns are reversed. Further elaborating that XCOM pits you against an overwhelming force, while Marvel’s Midnight Suns has you acting as the overwhelming force.
The game will take place in a variety of original locations. Some familiar locations featured in the MCU, like Avengers’ tower and Dr. Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum, will also be featured.
Players will take on the role of a customizable superhero named The Hunter. Awakened from centuries-long slumber by the Midnight Suns to help them in their fight against Lilith, mother of all demons. She also happens to be The Hunter’s mother.
Newly revealed gameplay walkthroughs gave us a look at what to expect when playing the game. Alongside The Hunter, players can also bring two other heroes with them on missions. Each with their own unique set of skills and abilities that can provide specific advantages. These skills and abilities can be upgraded over time and if used in specific ways, can also create unique combination moves.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns features a card-based battle system, where random cards are drawn at the start of a mission. Players will need to strategize according to the hand they have been dealt.
This reveal resulted in many being worried about potential lootboxes and microtransactions that have become synonymous with card-based games. The official Marvel’s Midnight Suns twitter account quickly reassured people that this won’t be the case.
Outside of battle, players will also have the opportunity to relax and interact with heroes in The Abbey. This is the player’s home base of operations. Here, the player is in direct control of The Hunter in the style of a traditional third-person game. Players will be able to explore this area and build their relationships with other heroes by doing various activities.
Aside from a few graphical issues and performance hiccups that will hopefully be ironed out in time for release, this is shaping up to be one of the more promising and unique Marvel-based video games to date.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns is coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC in March 2022.