In a rare example of a game coming out earlier than it was supposed to the new Marvel strategy game has gone back to being a 2022 release.
The last few years have seen nothing but delays for almost every major game, and Marvel’s Midnight Suns, by XCOM developer Firaxis, has been no exception.
It was originally scheduled for March 2022, before getting delayed until October, and then getting delayed again until 2023. In a shock twist though its release date has now been rewound to December 2 on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC.
The last gen versions, including the Switch, are still going to be next year but there will also be a series of five short prequel videos, explaining the plot of the game in detail.
The news was announced at the D23 event, that incorporates news for movies, TV shows, games, and everything else Disney related. The headline news was the currently nameless Black Panther and Captain America game, although news of that leaked out earlier in the day.
What was a surprise though was a new Tron game by Thomas Was Alone developer Bithell Games. Rather than an action title though it’s a mix of a visual novel and detective game, which seems just as much of a swerve as turning John Wick into a turn-based tactics game. John Wick Hex was really good but it seemed to sell poorly, so we’ll see if Tron: Identity fares any better when it’s released on PC next year.
The whole showcase was barely more than 20 minutes long, so most of these games only got a few seconds of on-screen footage, but there was also a first look at gameplay for Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora and a tease of mobile MMO Avatar: Reckoning.
Even Alien: Dark Descent, which Disney inherited when they bought 20th Century Fox, got a brief look-ink, even if it doesn’t seem like the sort of thing they’d have commissioned themselves.
With a host of more family friendly fare as well, including new character DLC for Lego Star Wars, the most interesting about the showcase was just how many games there were, across all genres and for all age groups.
Modern Disney has always been peculiarly hands-off when it comes to video games, having given up making and publishing its own long ago, but while that technically hasn’t changed the current line-up is much more representative of their wider portfolio of franchises than at almost any time in their history.
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