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After being revealed at Gamescom’s recent opening night, developer Firaxis has already shown what Marvel’s Midnight Suns will be like in action with a stream of gameplay reveal. Ultimately, the game will share some DNA with the XCOM franchise, which should come as no surprise given that Firaxis has been the developer of the modern titles in the series. However, Marvel’s Midnight Suns will change the XCOM formula by introducing deck building mechanics.
Midnight suns players will still have heroes move on a battle map, but instead of an action economy, players have to manage a set of abilities that their heroes can use. Beyond simple attacks, cards will also allow players to upgrade heroes, mitigate enemies, and unleash special and team attacks. Some cards will have an impact on the environment – one of them will crush an enemy through a wall, for example.
However, team attacks will depend on which heroes players decide to take with them on missions. Midnight sunsThe player character is The Hunter, a new fully customizable hero. On a mission, two other heroes from the Marvel Universe, including The Avengers, The X-Men, and Marvel’s Runaways, can join the player.
To find the best pairs for heroes, players will be able to interact with them outside of missions. In the main area of the game, The Abbey, players can chat with Marvel heroes and do short activities with them, like training or meditating. The hub is also where players can upgrade heroes’ abilities, either in a forge or on a training ground with Blade.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns does not yet have an exact release date, but will launch in March 2022 on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, Switch and PC.