Midnight Suns release date and leaked heroes confirmed

The release date for Marvel’s Midnight Sunsthe turn-based tactical RPG from developer XCOM Firaxis, was made official during today’s Summer Game Fest stream: Midnight Suns will be released on October 7th.

I got confidential notice of this fact, because I visited 2K headquarters a few weeks ago to play Midnight Suns for a feature that appears in the next issue of PC Gamer Magazine. I published practical impressions combat (it’s fun and quite different from XCOM), as well as a little detail about the game’s development that I found funny. There’s more in my full article, which you’ll find in the next issue of PC Gamer Magazine.

Along with the October release date, a retailer leak revealed some accurate information about Midnight Suns earlier this week. Spider-Man is appearing: he appears very early in the game to help you fight Fallen Venom, who has succumbed to the corruption of the game’s main villain, Lilith.

Is Scarlet Witch one of the game’s heroines… or is she a villain? She appears as an ally early in the game, but Firaxis also revealed a Fallen version of the Scarlet Witch.

Another Fallen character is Hulk, which seems like very bad news for the Midnight Suns, world, and likely multiverse. My hands-on struggles with Venom helped explain how Firaxis is handling the power levels of all these heroes and villains: I never defeated Venom just made him run away so we could move on to the next part of the story. At one point, Spidey achieves this with an ultra-amplified audio feedback loop. (If you’re not familiar, Venom’s weakness is loud noises. Comics are silly.)

Midnight Suns was originally going to be released in March, but it was announced last year that it had been delayed. It will now be released on October 7th.

In addition to the tactical combat, there’s a great story – Solomon told me it’s a 60-hour RPG – with lots of cutscenes and interactive dialogue sequences. The animation is fantastic during combat, but it can be a bit Sims during some of the dialogue sequences. This is the sort of thing Firaxis said it was working on during the delay: adding “more story, cinematics and general polish”.

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