Marvel’s Midnight Suns, an upcoming tactical RPG from Civilization developer Firaxis, has been delayed for a second time.
Despite receiving an October 7 release date during Summer Game Fest, the superhero strategy game’s release date has dropped. Now it will be released on PS5, Xbox Series X | S and PC before March 31 of the next year, with their Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One versions releasing at an unspecified later date.
The delay was announced during the publisher’s latest release 2K quarterly earnings report (opens in new tab)before being confirmed on Twitter in a developer statement (opens in new tab): “Following discussion with the team, we’ve made the decision to delay the release of Marvel’s Midnight Suns to ensure we’re delivering the best possible experience for our fans.
“We know fans are looking forward to playing Marvel’s Midnight Suns and we’ll use this extra time to make sure we’re delivering the best possible experiences for everyone.”
Midnight Suns is a tactical RPG that puts you in control of a team of heavyweight superheroes. All the usual Marvel heroes will be at your disposal, including Iron Man, Doctor Strange and Wolverine, plus deeper cuts like Magik and Nico Minoru. They can be equipped with new abilities as part of a light RPG system, but you will also create your own original superhero.
With its team-based tactical third-person combat, Midnight Suns drew comparisons to Firaxis’ previous XCOM games. But it seems to diverge from the main XCOM formula in several important ways. Battles are not fought on grid maps, but in open arenas. While you’ll still be positioning your squad to take advantage of cover while fending off waves of enemy troops, combat is driven by a card system that incorporates deck-building mechanics.
Firaxis is also releasing Midnight Suns as a departure from the usual MCU tones. Expect a narrative-heavy game with a supernatural story revolving around Lilith, the mother of demons.
This isn’t the first time Midnight Suns has been delayed. The game was originally scheduled to release in March 2022, but was pushed back to October of this year before being hit with its latest delay. Marvel fans and turn-based tactics aficionados have been waiting since 2021 to get their hands on the game. Let’s hope it’s worth the wait.