Marvel's Midnight Suns: Release date, gameplay and latest news for 2K's tactical RPG
Wolverine, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Blade and Ghost Rider will star in Marvel's Midnight Suns.
It's always exciting when a Marvel game comes along that isn't a movie licence of some kind. The first trailer of Marvel's Midnight Suns was unveiled at Gamescom 2021's Opening Night Live event. In the year since then, Marvel fans have been waiting with bated breath for more news.
It's a different sort of affair to other recent Marvel games - like Spider-Man, Marvel's Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy - in that it's not a conventional action game. Instead, Midnight Suns will be a tactical role-playing game.
Slated for release on December 2nd (not long now!), at this point we have plenty of information about what to expect from this different affair from Firaxis Games (in collaboration with Marvel Games). In over a year of waiting, we've learned a lot about Midnight Suns, so it's only fair that we share it with you here in anticipation for its release this week!
Marvel's Midnight Suns release date
The Marvel's Midnight Suns release date is scheduled for 2nd December 2022, which is sure to come around quickly.
Barring any delays, then, you should be able to jump into the game this week! You can pre-order your copy now from Amazon.
Which consoles and platforms can play Marvel's Midnight Suns?
Marvel's Midnight Suns will be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC, with Steam and the Epic Games Store sharing the PC release. Most gamers should be able to jump into the game at launch, then, unless they don't have a modern-day machine.
Marvel's Midnight Suns gameplay
Marvel's Midnight Suns gameplay footage was be revealed for the first time with a live-stream event on 1st September 2021, and you should be able to watch the gameplay trailer above.
We've been told that this is a "tactics game" with "cinematic tactical combat", which shouldn't come as a huge surprise, considering that Firaxis Games is known for working on the XCOM and Civilisation franchises. It will also have RPG elements, so it'll be interesting to see what the minute to minute gameplay actually entails.
Game Director Jake Solomon has further teased the gameplay, offering this statement in 2K's announcement: "To be entrusted with these characters and their stories is an honor for me and the team. If you're a Marvel fan, or an RPG fan, or a fan of tactics games, Marvel’s Midnight Suns will make these beloved characters come alive in a way that you've never seen before.”
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The press release from 2K promises that next week's video will reveal "a new engaging and deeply customisable tactical battle system where players assemble their team of heroes, assess the battlefield, and launch devastating iconic attacks against the forces of darkness."
Can I pre-order Marvel's Midnight Suns?
Yes, pre-orders have now begun for Marvel's Midnight Suns, with Amazon among the retailers to get their product pages up nice and early. The PS4/Xbox One version appears to be priced at £59.99, and while the next-gen PS5/Xbox Series X were slated at a higher RRP of £64.99, Amazon seem to be offering them at the same price as the previous gen versions. Snap them up while this deal's on!
Marvel's Midnight Suns story
The first official synopsis for Marvel's Midnight Suns reads like so, giving us plenty of story details: "Through a twisted marriage of magic and science, the nefarious force known as Hydra has revived Lilith, Mother of Demons, after centuries of slumber. Lilith will stop at nothing to complete an ancient prophecy and summon her evil master, Chthon.
"Pushed to the brink, the Avengers desperately look to fight fire with Hellfire by enlisting the help of the Midnight Suns – Nico Minoru, Blade, Magik, and Ghost Rider – young heroes with powers deeply rooted in the supernatural, formed to prevent the very prophecy Lilith aims to fulfil.
"Together, they resurrect an ancient warrior – the Hunter, Lilith’s forsaken child and the only hero known to have ever defeated her." Sounds pretty exciting, right?
Marvel's Midnight Suns characters
We're told in the press bumf that Marvel's Midnight Suns "will feature an iconic collection of heroes spanning The Avengers, X-Men, Runaways, and more". The first trailer includes Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider (the Robbie Reyes version), Blade, Magik, Nico Minoru, Wolverine and a new hero called the Hunter.
The Hunter is the daughter of the main villain, Lilith, and she's been described as "the first customisable original hero in the Marvel Universe." It sounds like the Hunter will be the main playable character, but you'll likely get to control your whole squad of heroes during battle scenarios.
Marvel's Midnight Suns trailer
The first trailer for Marvel's Midnight Suns has been doing the rounds online, and you can check it out below. The two-and-a-half-minute promo video shows Earth's Mightiest Heroes teaming up Ghost Rider and his darkness-embracing pals to help resurrect the Hunter. Take a look here to see it for yourself: