One of the most anticipated panels at the D23 Expo was the first Disney and Marvel Games Showcase. We received a ton of reveals regarding a number of titles. However, after the virtual event, the panel concluded with a deeper look at some of the bigger titles.
Disney Illusion Island is a standalone adventure starring Mickey and his friends Minnie, Goofy, and Donald. They visit the mysterious islands of Monoth and must embark on a dangerous mission to collect three tomes in order to save the world from disaster. The more you advance, things are not as it seems. It features local co-op with up to four players and has a hand drawn art style. The developers were fans of the 90s titles Castle of Illusion and World of Illusion and wanted to include “Illusion” in the title to feel a part of that legacy. The release date is still TBD, but it will be a Switch exclusive.
Another project from the Disney and Marvel Games Showcase was TRON: Identity. It is an all-new story with new characters including strong female characters. The lead is Querie, a detective who is investigating an unprecedented crime. It is very story driven and considered a visual novel with puzzle elements. TRON: Identity takes place in a world that was separated from the Grid and developed on its own, though it will be grounded in the same themes as the films.
The most intriguing reveal was the mysterious game from Marvel and Amy Hennig’s Skydance New Media. It occurs during World War II and features four playable characters: Steve Rogers/Captain America, T’Challa’s grandfather Azzuri as Black Panther, U.S. soldier and Howling Commandos member Gabriel Jones, and Nanali, leader of the fledgling Wakandan Spy Network. There are some talented comic writers developing the narrative including Marc Bernardin, Geoffrey Thorne, and Evan Narcisse.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns has finally nailed down a new release date of December 2, 2022. It’s a tactics RPG with card-based combat that focuses on the supernatural side of the Marvel Universe. You play as a customizable Hunter who works with many superheroes including Wolverine, Blade, Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes), Iron Man, Captain America, Nico Minoru, Magik, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, and the Scarlet Witch.
The big bad is Lilith, the Mother of Demons, who is resurrected by HYDRA. She is a formidable villain who can corrupt anyone she touches to do her bidding — even a Hulk. Beginning this Halloween, a series of five shorts will be released on the Marvel Entertainment YouTube channel that provides backstory on all the characters.
The final title spotlighted at the Disney and Marvel Games Showcase was Marvel World of Heroes. It’s an augmented reality mobile game from the developers of Pokémon Go. Players interact with the digital and physical world in an awesome outdoor experience. You create your own character and interact with Marvel heroes in your neighborhood. For example, you could team-up with Black Widow to take down the Kingpin or find a secret HYDRA base in your local mall. The choices you make determine what powers you will receive later on. The activities will be more than just fighting and can be as simple as rescuing a cat in a tree. Marvel World of Heroes launches in 2023.
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