Marvel’s Take On XCOM is once again getting a release date, as well as some nice promotional animations

Spider-Man makes a superhero landing in front of members of Marvel's Midnight Suns.

Screenshot: 2K games

Marvel’s Midnight Sunswhich you may know as SpandeXCOMgot a release date again (again). Publisher 2K Games announced the news today with an impressive animated promo during The Disney and Marvel Games Exhibition. It launches on December 2nd for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

Although it’s only been a public item for a year, the Marvel-themed tactical game has outlived it. First announced during last year’s Gamescom Geoffstravaganza, Midnight Suns it originally had a March 2022 release window (though without a specific date). By November 2021, just three months after its initial unveiling, the game was already delayed in the second half of 2022. In June, during non-E3 2022, 2K gave an October release date. afterward he was late again last August and was given a new window that coincided with the fiscal year of 2K Games parent company Take-Two Interactive—that is, sometime on or before March 31, 2023.

This window, however, only applies to the Xbox Series X/S and PC versions. Versions of the last generation of the console are not expected to be completed. There is no word yet on when they are expected.

However, despite the turmoil, Midnight Suns looked excellent at every turn. Developed by Firaxis, Midnight Suns clearly follows the grid-based steps of the studio’s regular alien-themed games, XCOM and XCOM 2. Instead of a bunch of space marines, you control a cast of Marvel heroes, including Doctor Strange, Wolverine, Iron Man, Captain America, Blade and Spider-Man. You can also create your own hero, customizing his design and abilities.

The most interesting wrinkle, however, is its card-based mechanic. Instead of using a standard moveset, you start each round with a random deck of cards. Some may determine your movement options. Others may dictate what attacks or defenses you can make. Although it’s not quite the XCOM cloning some hungry Firaxis fans, the engineer should shake up a long-standing formula. But XCOM Die-hards may still bristle at one aspect: Midnight Suns will not have permadeath. Push the envelope all you want, we can’t have these heroes dying on screen!

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