So that's it folks for the Disney and Marvel Games Showcase - the very first of them! I think we were all hoping for a little bit more there than we got. That's especially true for the incredibly teasey tease for Amy Hennig and Skydance New Media's Marvel game that was meant to be the headliner of sorts.
But, let's take a look at the biggest stories of the night:
- Marvel's Midnight Suns gets new December 2 release date
- Amy Hennig's Marvel game got a really really small teaser
- Disney Dreamlight Valley is getting a Fall update with Toy Story realm
- Tron Identity is a brand new game from Mike Bithell
- Superhero card game Marvel Snap gets October release date
- Avatar Reckoning is an MMO RPG mobile game
- Marvel World of Heroes is Niantic's next AR game
You can read up on all the announcements, as they happened, below:
Interestingly, Marvel itself has teased that today's stream will feature "announcements, trailers, and reveals for new and upcoming games from Marvel Games, Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Studios". That makes us think we're in for some surprises, but these are some of the games that could feature today – although some are more likely than others.
AMY HENNIG'S MARVEL GAME
Now, what we do know is that Amy Hennig's Marvel game is getting a "sneak peek" at today's event. Announced last October, the Skydance New Media game is described as a "narrative-drive, blockbuster action-adventure game", but that's basically all we officially know about it. Fans are convinced that the title is a Fantastic Four game, but a new rumor now suggests that it'll star Black Panther and Captain America during World War 2. The studio has teased that it will be an "ensemble" game too, so we're going to have to see what it's all about later.
MARVEL'S MIDNIGHT SUNS
Marvel's Midnight Suns may have been delayed to an unknown date "before March 2023" but that doesn't mean it's not prime for a spotlight session at today's showcase. We went hands-on with Marvel's Midnight Suns back in June, but aside from the delay announcement, it's been pretty quiet the last few months. Could 2K and developer Firaxis have something new to show? It feels likely.
DISNEY DREAMLIGHT VALLEY
Another strong contender could be Disney Dreamlight Valley. Released into Early Access just this week, the title is a Disney and Pixar-inspired take on the Animal Crossing life sim experience. It's already going down well with critics and fans alike, and with a full release due sometime in 2023, we could get a glimpse at something akin to a road map for the title at D23.
STAR WARS JEDI: SURVIVOR
Originally announced at Star Wars Celebration back in May, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is due to drop sometime next year. All we've had so far is a teaser trailer, which confirms we're rejoining the story of Cal Kestis and BD-1 five years after the events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. From the looks of the trailer, it's going to be much darker in tone than the original game, with our hero still on the run from the Empire. According to developer Respawn, Cal will have to do "whatever it takes to stay alive" as one of the last remaining Jedi in the galaxy, including the potential need to make allies with some unsavory characters. We're desperate to see more of this one, and the Disney and Marvel Games Showcase feels like a perfect place for it.
SKYDANCE NEW MEDIA'S STAR WARS GAME
Amy Hennig and the team over at Skydance New Media also happen to be working on a Star Wars game. It's being described as a "narrative-driven, action-adventure game featuring an original story" set in the Star Wars universe. While we know the developer's Marvel title is definitely getting a tease, info on this one is a little more scarce – and was the second of the team's projects to be announced too. However, we'll keep our fingers crossed that there's just a sneaky hint at what's to come with this one later today.
STAR WARS: HUNTERS
Due out next year, Star Wars: Hunters is a multiplayer team-based title in development at Zynga in conjunction with Lucasfilm Games. It's set after the fall of the Galactic Empire with maps said to be inspired by iconic locations from the Star Wars universe. Seems like the roster will be made up with a cast of new characters, each with their own backstories and relationships with other members.
MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN 2
One of the most anticipated upcoming PS5 games out there, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is set to drop in 2023. However, the first and last we saw of the game was the September 2021 PlayStation Showcase where the game was revealed – yes almost a year ago to the date. Insert *eyes* emoji here. Peter Parker and Miles Morales are teaming up for this one, and will be fighting a number of classic foes, including Venom. However, details aside from that are pretty scarce, so we're desperate to learn more about this one – hopefully today's the day.
1 HOUR TO GO
Disney's Game Showcase will start in one hour! You have been warned!
STAR WARS ECLIPSE
Revealed at the Game Awards 2021 last December, Star Wars Eclipse has proved rather elusive ever since. It's in development at Quantic Dream in conjunction with Lucasfilm Games. Like previous Quantic Dream titles, it's going to be a branching narrative story, but this one is set during the High Republic Era somewhere in the "uncharted region of the Outer Rim". It was revealed with the caveat that it was in the early stages of development, so perhaps too soon for a bigger look here.
UBISOFT MASSIVE'S OPEN-WORLD STAR WARS GAME
Massive Entertainment, the studio that brought us The Division series, is also working on a Star Wars game. The upcoming Ubisoft Star Wars game is a story-driven, open-world adventure that aims to be a "unique game in the saga with a captivating story and set of characters". Unfortunately, that's basically it though, so it remains another title we're hungry to hear more about. Interestingly there's also a Ubisoft Forward tomorrow, so it could be it holds until then?
RESPAWN'S TWO OTHER STAR WARS GAMES
Along with Jedi: Survivor, Respawn's also working on another Star Wars title. All we know is that it's an FPS, and game director Peter Hirschmann is leading development. He's previously worked on the Battlefront series along with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, so he's definitely got the right creds. However, it's very unlikely we'll see this one later as when it was announced in January it was revealed work had only "just begun" on the title. Maybe a bit early to expect to see anything, but hey, we can hope, right?
Respawn's also working on a Star Wars strategy game too with newly established studio Bit Reactor. It is another one with very little info about it so again we don't expect to hear anything more on this yet, but worth flagging all the same.
KINGDOM HEARTS 4
Kingdom Hearts 4 was one of those surprises that came so out of the blue we almost didn't believe it. Snuck into the Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary event back in April, the debut came with a rather lavish reveal trailer and confirmation that this would be the start of the Lost Master Arc. It also revealed a rather different new and more realistic art direction, which caused everyone to lose their minds about Sora's shoes. Nothing of the game has been seen since then, but Nana Gadd, director of Walt Disney Games did say the team couldn't wait to show more when the "time is right". Maybe the time is… right now?
30 MINUTES TO GO
Just 30 minutes to go until the Disney and Marvel Games Showcase. Time to gather your snacks.