XCOM studio Firaxis has announced a delay for Marvel’s Midnight Suns, their turn-based tactics game in BAM! BIF! POW! the world of Marvel superheroes. Earlier with delivery in March 2022, it has now been pushed back to the second half of 2022. I say “earlier”; the game was only announced two months ago. It sounds like someone had a serious reconsideration of the state of the project. But if it needs time, it’s good that it’s got the time.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns has a new personal character, The Hunter, a daughter of Lilith. To stop Lilith’s diabolical plans and demonic forces, she’s teaming up with superheroes ranging from the great filmmakers Iron Man and Wolverine to lesser – known villains like Nico Minoru and Magik. The action looks a bit XCOM-like, although the capabilities come from cards you have – can shake things up a bit.
“We know a lot of fans were looking forward to playing the game initially next spring, and this decision did not come easily,” said creative director Jake Solomon and senior franchise producer Garth DeAngelis in the announcement last night.
“We decided to push our launch because we need more time to make this the best possible game. We believe in our creative vision for Marvel’s Midnight Suns and want to do justice to delivering an unforgettable adventure that takes place in the supernatural side of Marvel. These extra months will be used to add more history, movies and overall polish and will be crucial in helping us make our vision a reality. “
What publishers 2K have shown looks very XCOM-like in a way, and I’m okay with Firaxis continuing to tinker with that formula. It’s a solid base, and especially for superheroes considering that XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen was basically a superhero game. Yes, spin-off XCOM: Chimera Squad was no XCOM 3, but I enjoyed it. And I have to wonder if they could learn from these for a potential third game. I still really want XCOM 3. God, I want XCOM 3. Specifically, I want XCOM 3: Terror From The Deep.
In other Marvel game news, Uncharted director Amy Hennig’s new studio recently announced that they are making “a narrative-driven, blockbuster action-adventure game” set in the Marvel universe.