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Marvel's Midnight Suns
Marvel's Midnight Suns

Genre: Strategy
Developer: Firaxis Games
Publisher: 2K Games
Release Date:
March 2022
Friday, 20 January 2023
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:11pm 20/01/23 | 0 Comments
That's Deadpool for those who aren't familiar with his many monikers. And he's come to Firaxis' Marvel Game Universe to wreak havoc on the already-tested heroes of Marvel's Midnight Suns who already have their hands full fighting Lilith and the other forces of darkness.

But hey, hes Deadpool. And he does whatever he wants.

As a recruitable hero**, expect the full suite of Marvel’s Midnight Suns’ greatness with Deadpool bringing unique new abilities and his signature brand of chaos to the battlefield, as well as the opportunity to build Friendship and become best friends with the Merc with a Mouth in the Abbey. New enemy types will also be introduced in the story missions** - plus, you'll want to develop Deadpool's unique Research project Food Truck to give you an extra tactical edge on the battlefield.
Available from January 26, Deadpool as a DLC is available as a standalone purchase or as part of the games Season Pass. More character inclusions are planned as DLCs as the game sees its way on into 2023, which might make the SP the more worthwhile option if you're still interested in continuing the good fight against evil.

Thursday, 1 December 2022
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:00am 01/12/22 | 0 Comments
When the team behind XCOM is looking to make a superhero game, one based on a lesser known run of Marvel comics, we naturally took an interest. Even though Marvel's Midnight Suns has all the turn-based deep tactical combat you'd expect, it's a lot more RPG than an XCOM crossover event.

A snippet.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns is huge, not only in terms of the apocalyptic demons and Elder Gods story it tells over the course of several cinematic story missions but in how the relationships between all the superheroes and The Hunter develop over the course of dozens of hours. In Midnight Suns you take on the role of The Hunter, a superhero and partial blank canvas that you can define the look of, choose all of the various outfits they’ll wear, and even decide how best to decorate their room at The Abbey.

More importantly though, as The Hunter, you’ll play a major role in putting a stop to your mother, Lilith, who is going all out to try and bring the end times via that time-old method of dropping the veil between the plane of dangerously powerful Gods and the place we humans call home. And with that, you’ll be joined by the likes of Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Wolverine, Spiderman, Blade, Ghost Rider, and several more superheroes that make up The Avengers and the Midnight Suns.

Our Full Marvel's Midnight Suns Review
Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:30am 23/11/22 | 0 Comments
These are now at a point where we kind of don't want them to stop. We already highlighted that "Saturday morning cartoon vibe" Firaxis is going for with Marvel's Midnight Suns, they told us themselves, and today's entry in the "prequel shorts" that are airing in the buildup to the game's launch, "The Daywalker", is baller.

Blade-level baller.

Enter The Daywalker. Witness the recruitment of Blade as he looks to join the hunt with the Midnight Suns!
UK artist Doaly worked with 2K and Firaxis on the below image as well, to help celebrate all things Blade and Daywalkin'.

Marvel's Midnight Suns is out for PC and next-gen console this December 2.

Wednesday, 16 November 2022
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:00pm 16/11/22 | 0 Comments
In that it features Ghost Rider, but not like the Ghost Rider you might know. This is Robbie Reyes, a mechanic whose suped-up "Hell Ride" car becomes possessed alongside him by the Spirit of Vengeance.

This is the third prequel short for the game, which are essentially mini Saturday morning-style cartoons and are great teasers for the style of storytelling and game set to be released on December 2 for PC and console.

Our recent interview with Firaxis Games highlighted the studio's desire for the game to capture the essence of both the comics and Saturday morning cartoons of the 90s.

"Genuinely, our goal was 'Saturday morning cartoon' [vibe] where the characters are earnest; they take the situation they're in seriously," Creative Director, Jacob Solomon told us. "They're not in on a joke or anything like that, however, they're earnest about what they're doing, but we still have a lot of humour and we're not overly serious.

"So we thought of the X-Men cartoon, we thought of those 90s comics and just that Saturday morning cartoon vibe, like the old Dungeons & Dragons cartoon where the stakes are high and the characters in them are taking the situation seriously, but it still has a little bit of cheese to it where you can take it. There's some lightheartedness, there's a lot of jokes. Yes, that is absolutely the tone, and so it was a thing where we were finding our footing with Marvel. They were, like, "Whoa". And they were fine with it, but we had to explain to them, "Yeah, we really view our tone as a Saturday morning cartoon vibe". Which I think fits with the original comic."

You can watch the previous two prequel shorts on the Midnight Suns YouTube channel, and stay tuned until release as 2K and Firaxis shares a new short weekly.
Tuesday, 15 November 2022
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 08:42pm 15/11/22 | 0 Comments
In an in-depth interview, Firaxis' Creative Director Jacob Solomon told us the studio specifically set out to make essentially a Marvel skinned XCOM, but as the team iterated on its Marvel's Midnight Suns project that plan quickly went by the wayside, with the game taking an a whole new tactics persona while forming as something entirely new for the studio.

"The [truth is] we weren't intending for this to be quite as different as it ended up," Solomon revealed to us. "We are the XCOM team, the team making Midnight Suns is the XCOM team. And our intention was to make a Marvel XCOM, frankly, and umm… we didn't do that. We made something very, very different. But that's not because that was our plan, that's just because it’s how it worked out. I truly believe people who enjoyed XCOM will immediately find a lot to enjoy in Midnight Suns. We were very, very close in terms of… we don't share the same mechanics. We're an RPG, we're a much more full-fledged RPG with a fuller story. It's a much longer, bigger game. But when you're in combat, it's going to flex the same muscles."

The full interview also goes into how the studio landed on Midnight Suns as its Marvel project, how being OP is fine and reveals that you might want to stick around after the game's end credits.

Oh, and there's some Morbius love in there too, not the Jared Leto kind, though.

Click here for our full Firaxis interview.
Monday, 12 September 2022
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:45am 12/09/22 | 0 Comments
If you're like us and grew up with the X-Men animated series on Cheez TV as your must-watch for the week, making Saturday mornings a destination point for the week, then this fresh announcement that Marvel's Midnight Suns will feature a series of animated prequels will likely have you squealing in broken onset pubescent octaves, and then some.

Super cool.

In addition to the above teaser, a new gameplay trailer was also shared with us, which you can check out below, followed by all the official info on what every moving image here means.

The [Prequel Shorts] announcement was made as part of the Disney and Marvel GAMES SHOWCASE and featured a new gameplay trailer that showcases the full breadth of what players can do in Marvel's Midnight Suns. As a new and customisable Marvel character, The Hunter, players will lead a powerful team of supernatural Super Heroes facing growing unholy threats and experience a tactical Marvel game unlike any other.

In addition, Marvel's Midnight Suns Prequel Shorts was announced during the Disney and Marvel GAMES SHOWCASE and on-stage at D23 Expo 2022. Marvel's Midnight Suns Prequel Shorts is a set of five short videos that provide backstory on how Lilith became the Mother of Demons, and how Super Heroes like Blade, Magik, Ghost Rider and Nico Minoru came together to form the young core of the Midnight Suns.

"In Marvel's Midnight Suns, we knew we had a really cool opportunity to dive deep into the dark side of Marvel and introduce some supernatural heroes that may be new to many Marvel fans," stated Jake Solomon, creative director at Firaxis Games. "Prequel Shorts sheds light on the events leading up the game and really brings the world of Marvel's Midnight Suns to life."
Marvel's Midnight Suns is scheduled to launch for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S this December 2. The game is coming to previous-gen machines and Nintendo Switch, though a release date for them is yet to be revealed.

The first Prequel Short will be shared on Halloween on Marvel's YouTube Channel.

Stay tuned for more on Marvel's Midnight Suns, right here on AusGamers.

Friday, 10 June 2022
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:40am 10/06/22 | 0 Comments
And, like, no matter who you are (except *maybe* Doctor Strange), the sight of a demonic Hulk is gonna make you pee your pants, especially when he's also backed up by Demonic Fallen versions of the likes of Venom, Sabretooth and The Scarlet Witch.

In a new video (watch it above) and pre-order reveal at the Summer Game Fest, it was revealed a host of new villains would be joining the fray, all Fallen and turned Demonic thanks to Lilith, including the "strongest one there is", Hulk.
When the demonic Lilith and her fearsome horde unite with the evil armies of Hydra, it’s time to unleash Marvel’s dark side. As The Hunter, your mission is to lead an unlikely team of seasoned Super Heroes and dangerous supernatural warriors to victory. Can legends such as Doctor Strange, Iron Man, and Blade put aside their differences in the face of a growing apocalyptic threat? If you’re going to save the world, you'll have to forge alliances and lead the team into battle as the legendary Midnight Suns - Earth's last line of defence against the underworld.

With an array of upgradeable characters and skills allowing you to build your own unique version of The Hunter, you will choose how to send Lilith’s army back to the underworld.

“We're thrilled to invite players into the darker, supernatural side of Marvel," said Bill Rosemann, Vice President and Creative Director at Marvel Games. “In Marvel’s Midnight Suns, our friends at Firaxis and 2K have created an incredibly unique and totally authentic Marvel experience that fans can leap into this October!"

As part of today’s announcement, 2K debuted a thrilling new cinematic trailer at Summer Games Fest 2022 that showcased the Midnight Suns in action against Lilith’s army, joined by two newly revealed and unlockable playable heroes - including Spider-Man! But just as the heroes come together to unite against Lilith, the Mother of Demons assembles her own twisted entourage – corrupted Fallen versions of Venom, Sabretooth, Scarlet Witch, and the Hulk!

“We know fans have been eager to see what’s coming next for Marvel’s Midnight Suns,” said Jake Solomon, Creative Director at Firaxis Games. “We’re honoured by the opportunity to introduce so many new heroes and villains to Marvel fans and can’t wait for tactics players to discover the joys of fighting like a Super Hero in Marvel’s Midnight Suns!”
In addition to the new campaign information and confirmation of an October 7 release date for all platforms, which includes PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and the Xbox family of devices, 2K also unveiled its pre-order tiers and options.
Marvel's Midnight Suns will be available in four editions: Standard Edition, Enhanced Edition, Digital+ Edition, and Legendary Edition:
  • The Standard Edition will be available for $99.95 AUD / $109.95 NZD* on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam and Epic Games Store. It includes the base game;
  • The Enhanced Edition will be available for $109.95 AUD / $119.95 NZD* on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. It includes a next-gen optimized version of the game for next-gen consoles and five premium cosmetic skins;
  • The Digital+ Edition will be available for $124.95 AUD / $134.95 NZD* on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam and Epic Games Store. It includes 11 premium cosmetic skins. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S SKUs include the next-gen optimized version of the game for next-gen consoles;
  • The Legendary Edition will be available for $149.95 AUD / $159.95 NZD* on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam and Epic Games Store. It includes 23 premium cosmetic skins, as well as access to the post-launch Marvel’s Midnight Suns Season Pass (more details TBC).
This is shaping up to be one of my personal must-haves for 2022, having read the comic as a youngster when they were first released, the unlikely team-ups and the demonic, dark nature of the Midnight Sons and its narrative arcs is rife for exploring, especially as a side-step to the more bubblegum Marvel fare out in the multimedia wild these days.

Friday, 5 November 2021
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:18pm 05/11/21 | 0 Comments
Marvel’s Midnight Suns is now on track for a release for the second-half of 2022, as per an announcement from Firaxis Games. A blend of tactical turn-based strategy and action-RPG progression, Marvel’s Midnight Suns comes from the team behind the excellent XCOM series.

As per it's reveal from earlier this year, it's mix of a darker Marvel setting, the card/ability-based combat, and RPG progression looks very cool.

As for the delay, Firaxis cites more time needed to complete the game. Which is understandable, with the plus here being a promise of more story, cinematics, and overall polish as the date gets pushed back from its original March 2022 window.

Friday, 3 September 2021
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 10:51am 03/09/21 | 0 Comments
Marvel's Midnight Suns is the collaboration between the team behind XCOM 2 (Firaxis Games) and Marvel. As per our preview, and yesterday's gameplay trailer, we've learned a lot about how it's creating its own tactical RPG feel with player's in control of their own team of superheroes. Today we've got a new deep dive trailer that outlines the darker setting, the card/ability-based combat, and the RPG progression.

Plus a look at creating your own hero with The Hunter.

And it all looks fantastic, with great cinematic angles and animation to highlight abilities during battles. Also, the focus on attacking multiple enemies and using abilities with the environment definitely opens the door to serious tactics. Check it out.

The card stuff looks cool and seems to be more of a way to create builds for heroes as opposed to something completely different for a tactical game, and being to upgrade them and unlock new cards via relationships adds a distinct flavour over standard skill trees. We're keen to play this one, here's hoping there's a chance to do so ahead of its planned March 2022 release on all platforms.