Nexon (Legion of Heroes) and Marvel have announced MARVEL Battle Lines, a new strategic card battle game featuring a number of iconic Marvel characters. The game set for mobile devices promises an intuitive and accessible experience for players. According to the press release it even features an original story written by Alex Irvine (Daredevil Noir, Iron Man: The Rapture).

Marvel’s incredible universe has reached hundreds of millions of fans around the world and it’s an honor to be collaborating with their team on a truly unique game that draws on the nostalgia of collecting trading cards and taps into the fun of battling with friends,” said Lawrence Koh, General Manager at Nexon. “MARVEL Battle Lines is incredibly engaging, fast and accessible, and will give players a chance to hone their skills and collect their favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains based on how they like to play games – whether that’s through the original single-player storyline and activities or competing in the PvP mode.”

MARVEL Battle Lines’ intuitive gameplay allows players to battle in single player and be competitive in PvP from the beginning. Collecting cards from each battle in the single player or PvP modes, players can build diverse decks of powerful Super Heroes and Super Villains, mastering their strategies to take on greater challenges and compete with the best in PvP. In addition to a campaign with an original story from Marvel writer Alex Irvine, an array of single-player activities will revisit beloved Marvel storylines and events and continue to challenge and reward players.

Marvel games division hasn’t quite flexed its muscle outside of the mobile games market. Until the PlayStation exclusive Spider-Man releases in September, Marvel’s most notable current title is the turn-battle based mobile game Strike Force. A game I initially groaned at but have actually become addicted to these past few months. As someone who goes out of his way to avoid mobile device games, it shocked me how much time I’ve spent on Strike Force. So while a battle card game isn’t exactly what I’d like to see Marvel characters in, I’m willing to go in with an open mind when the game launches as a free download in the iOS and Google stores later this year.

In the meantime check out the card art from the game. Some of which is intense and cover-worthy while some is a bit strange.