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Why Marvel’s Midnight Suns Scaled Back Its Original, Massive Roster

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Marvel’s Midnight Suns almost had a larger character roster.


In an interview with AusGamers, Firaxis’ Creative Director Jacob Solomon and Designer Joe Weinhoffer discussed their adjustment to the 13-character roster for the upcoming game. When asked if Marvel made them include any characters, Solomon explained their free rein over the decision. “No. They let us develop our first past roster and they never said, ‘You can’t use that or you should use this character,'” he explained.

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Weinhoffer discussed how the roster almost ended up being 20 characters, eight more than the final product’s lineup. “First roster was 20 characters or something, so we very quickly were, like, ‘Okay, our production is where this is not going to be tenable. We’ve got to cut this down quite a bit,'” he said. The designer also continued to praise Marvel’s involvement in the upcoming game.

“But yeah, Marvel was great. They gave us free rein to basically use any of the characters that we wanted and were classified under their license or under the IP as a Universe game,” Weinhoffer said. “So we get to use the Avengers and the Mutants and the Runaways, Spider-Man and all of the supernatural characters.” Superheroes who make up Midnight Suns‘ character roster include Iron Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Magik and several others.

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Midnight Suns Boasts an Iconic Marvel Lineup

Ahead of Midnight Suns‘ release date, its YouTube channel introduced viewers to several playable characters’ abilities, including the playstyle for Robbie Reyes’ Ghost Rider. According to the six-minute clip, Ghost Rider’s playstyle is “mostly focused on dealing major amounts of damage, but a lot of his cards have a trade-off that cost either his own health or cards in your hand.” “He also has his own souls meter to fill, and that encourages you to get knockouts with Ghost Rider himself,” narrator Christopher Odd explained.

In addition to Ghost Rider, Deadpool hacked into Midnight Suns‘ Twitter account to announce the arrival of X-Men‘s Storm. The Marvel Comics character changed the game’s profile name to #DeadpoolSuns to convince Marvel to add him to the growing character roster. Deadpool also changed the profile’s description to “DEADPOOL here! I have taken COMPLETE control of this channel until these nerds put me in their Midnight Suns game. Let’s get messy…”

Marvel’s Midnight Suns is scheduled to launch on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series, Nintendo Switch, and PC on Dec. 2, 2022.

Source: AusGamers

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