Article by Kieran Burt.
Marvel Midnight Suns got two new trailers at the D23 Disney and Marvel games showcase, one trailer focusing on gameplay and another one teasing shorts on some of the heroes that will be involved in the game. The game also got an updated release date, meaning players can pencil in when the game releases.
The trailer starts by showcasing a more traditional top-down camera perspective on the gameplay, similar to XCOM, where players will use a set of cards to control their heroes and destroy their enemies. These cards represent different abilities, and types of attacks, with an area of effect attack being demonstrated. This is how players will interact with the combat of the game, and attack the villain.
As the trailer goes on, it takes on a closer camera perspective, similar to many RPGs, one audiences will be using when they are back at camp. A players camp seems to function as a training area,somewhere the player can rest between missions, and where they can pick their team of heroes.
The similar camera perspective to XCOM isn’t an accident. Midnight Suns is being developed by Firaxis, the same developers that made XCOM. There will also be RPG elements added into the game, as the trailer shows players will be able to make dialog choices. In February 2022, game director Jake Soloman spoke with Edge Magazine and highlighted the differences between Midnight Suns and XCOM, saying that “Midnight Suns is basically the opposite of XCOM. You’re not stuck on this map with terrifying aliens – the bad guys are terrified of you. Mechanically, thematically, it’s just XCOM completely reversed.”
Speaking about the RPG elements, the game positions the player in the role of the Hunter, a fully customisable character that chooses who out of the 12 heroes to take on missions, and how to manage living with them. Relationships will be developed through spending time with a hero, gift giving and dialogue.
Firaxis also revealed that there will be several prequel shorts on each of the main characters, including Iron-Man, Spider-man, Doctor Strange, Blade, Ghost Rider, Nico, Magik and Captain America, to name a few. All of these heroes have a really unique fire aesthetic going on, making them visually distinct from their comics counterparts. The first of these will debut on October 31, 2022.
Midnight Suns also received a new release date, after being indefinitely delayed earlier in the year. It will release on December 2, 2022, though only on Xbox Series X|S, Playstation 5 and PC. There has been no update on when the game will be released on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One or Playstation 4.