In 2018, Hearthstone Game Director Ben Brode left Blizzard abruptly, saying he was moving on to start a new company. Later that year, Brode revealed his new venture as second dinner, saying he was “looking forward to designing, programming, and actually creating things again”. And today, Second Dinner’s first major project was finally revealed as Marvel Snap, “a revolutionary gaming experience” for mobile and PC.
“We grew up obsessively playing CCGs and spent decades designing them,” Brode said. “We want the whole world to fall in love with card fighters just like we do.
“Marvel Snap is unlike any battle card game ever made. We work tirelessly to ensure the game is super deep for hardcore players while remaining very accessible for everyone to jump in and have fun. We’re happy to partner with Nuverse so we can reach millions of players with our first game.”
What promises to make Marvel Snap different from other games in the CCG genre is its speed: the production director of Second Dinner said the studio has “taken away all the things that got in the way of the fun”, which includes taking turns: both players play simultaneously , so matches only last about three minutes.
Deck construction is also simplified. “Once upon a time, card games had decks of 60 cards, you could play four copies of any card, which is really just 15 unique cards,” Brode explained. “So with Marvel Snap, we thought, ‘Hey, what if we only made 15 unique cards?’ And actually, the games are so fast that we can cut it down to 12 cards, which is still the same amount of strategic depth, but it’s a lot easier to build the deck.
Here are some of the cards and variants that will be available at launch:
More than 150 cards will be available in Marvel Snap at launch, each with multiple variations, drawn from across the Marvel multiverse and illustrated with classic and new art. More cards will be released regularly after launch, and “you can get every card in the game over time without paying anything,” said senior production director Julia Humphreys.
Of course, this isn’t atypical in free-to-play games: you can technically get every card in Hearthstone by playing for them too. The real question is, how much grind does it take to get the cards you want, and we’ll have to wait and find out.
Marvel Snap is being developed as a “mobile-first game”, although Humphreys said that Second Dinner is “working to have an early access version available on PC by the time we launch globally”. The first closed beta will be available on Android devices – you can sign up to participate now at marvelsnap. with.