Marvel's Midnight Suns finally has a release date. We were starting to get a little worried that the latest game from Firaxis – the developer behind some of the best strategy games of all time – would never come out, particularly after it experienced a couple of delays. Thankfully, the Marvel's Midnight Suns release date was set for December during the Disney and Marvel Games Showcase – a highlight of the D23 2022 schedule so far.
Why are we so excited? Because you'll be able to build and customise your very own Marvel Universe character in Marvel's Midnight Suns, and then draw from a roster that includes some of the most recognisable heroes out there – including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Blade, and plenty more. We've played Marvel's Midnight Suns and spoken to the studio developing it, so we have plenty of info and impressions to share. So keep reading on to find everything we know about Midnight Marvel's Suns so far.
Who is making Marvel's Midnight Suns
Marvels' Midnight Suns is coming from the studio that created XCOM, Firaxis Games.
"Midnight Suns is basically the opposite of XCOM," game director Jake Solomon revealed. "You're not stuck on this map with terrifying aliens - the bad guys are terrified of you. Mechanically, thematically, it's just XCOM completely reversed."
"I grew up reading and loving Marvel comics," said Solomon, "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."
Marvel's Midnight Suns release date
Marvel's Midnight Suns is set to release on December 2, 2022 for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X.
Prior to D23 2022 on September 9, there was a concern that we wouldn't have the game in our hands this year, after a summer delay pushed Firaxis to announce that it was expected to arrive sometime before March 2023. That change was confirmed in a financial results report from publisher Take-Two Interactive, which stated that the "title will launch later this fiscal year" on Xbox Series X/S, PC, and PS5. Xbox One, PS4, and Switch versions are set to come at a "later date".
Marvel's Midnight Suns was originally scheduled for release in March 2022 by Firaxis Games and 2K Games, but Firaxis later announced that it had been pushed back to the second half of 2022, with October 7, 2022 release was revealed at the Summer Game Fest.
Marvel's Midnight Suns characters
Marvel's Midnight Suns will feature 12 Marvel heroes alongside your character, the Hunter. So far the following heroes have been confirmed for Marvel's Midnight Suns characters:
- Captain America
- Captain Marvel
- Iron Man
- Dr. Strange
- Ghost Rider
- Nico Minoru
- Scarlet Witch (seemingly more of a story character than a playable one)
Aside from the mystery characters who will no doubt be teased before release, we may see post-launch content that keeps the game spicy with new heroes to add to your team. If Marvel has anything, it's plenty of heroes.
Marvel's Midnight Suns also features plenty of classic Marvel villains, many of whom wind up demonized by the influence of the main villain, Lilith. Venom, the Hulk, Scarlet Witch, and Sabretooth have been confirmed, not to mention the myriad forces of Hydra.
Marvel's Midnight Suns gameplay
The game is a tactical RPG where you'll choose three of the available Marvel heroes to accompany you on your missions. Their superhero abilities are represented by cards, and you can pick and choose which ability cards to use, allowing you to tailor your team's skills as you see fit.
"In Marvel's Midnight Suns, you aren’t learning how to fight or gradually grow stronger – you and your fellow heroes are already legends, and must combine everything in your arsenal to stop Lilith," Solomon explains.
"Cards provide a new and refreshing way to approach tactics, allowing us to really go all-out in designing a combat system that makes every hero feel, look, and play differently."
When you're not on the battlefield, you'll be hanging out at the Abbey, a hub area where you can interact with your team of heroes.
"I think the equally powerful fantasy for fans of Marvel is not just fighting, it's actually how the heroes live with each other," Solomon told GamesRadar+. "We have a large roster of heroes, 12 Marvel heroes in addition to The Hunter, and you have to choose between these heroes in terms of who you're going to focus on developing relationships with."
Those relationships can be developed with dialogue, spending time together, and gift-giving, but alas, not romance.
"With all these heroes from across the Avengers, X-Men, Runaways, and more - this is a particularly interesting and diverse group of heroes who don't always see eye-to-eye," explained Chad Rocco, director of narrative at Firaxis Games. "As the Hunter, it will be up to you to help bridge the gap between the old guard and the new kids on the block."
How long is Marvel's Midnight Suns?
According to Firaxis, a normal playthrough of Marvel's Midnight Suns can take roughly 60 hours, and the studio is promising replayability that extends far beyond that. You can use and level up different heroes, combine randomly generated cards, and pursue different versions of the Hunter by switching up some story decisions.
Marvel's Midnight Suns hands-on
We played Marvel's Midnight Suns for several hours earlier this year, and while its slick combat impressed us, it was the quietly engrossing RPG side of the game that really set the hook. Check out our full Marvel's Midnight Suns hands-on preview for more details on building heroes, hanging out at the Abbey hub area, balancing deck-building and strategy, and more.
Marvel's Midnight Suns interview
During our visit to Firaxis, we sat down with Solomon once again, joined by art director Dennis Moellers, to talk about how Marvel's Midnight Suns evolved and the work that went into it. As it turns out, there's a surprisingly prominent Japanese influence behind the game, from the relationship systems of JRPGs to the flourish of modern anime. Check out our full interview for more details on how anime and JRPGs made Marvel's Midnight Suns a better strategy game.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns story
The story for Marvel's Midnight Suns centers around Lilith, Mother of Demons, and also the mother of the player character, the Hunter. You've been resurrected by the Avengers and the Midnight Suns because you're the only hero to have ever beaten mommy dearest, and they need to stop her before she can summon her master, the demonic Chthon.
The game is based on the Marvel comics series The Midnight Sons, who first appeared in the Ghost Rider comics in 1992. The game's release date, 2022, marks the 30th anniversary of the dark superhero team, so expect to see plenty more Midnight Sons and Suns around that time.
Be sure to head on over to our roundup of new games for 2022 for more upcoming releases on the horizon.