A new company comprised of gaming industry veterans announced a new Marvel licensed game coming to mobile. FoxNext Games first game will be a new RPG for handheld devices called Marvel Strike Force.
Coming in 2018, MARVEL Strike Force tasks players to recruit squads of Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes and Super Villains to battle it out on mobile devices. MARVEL Strike Force is the first title from FoxNext Games’ new mobile game studio in Los Angeles, comprised of former members of mobile entertainment company Kabam.
In MARVEL Strike Force, players will join forces with S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury as they assemble a team of legendary Marvel characters, including Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Venom, Star-Lord, Gamora, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and many more. Players will create powerful alliances, collect new gear and upgrades to make their teams stronger, and dominate the enemies of S.H.I.E.L.D. in strategic combat.
Not much is know at this time other than the appearances by the publisher’s MCU centric cast and a villain that looks like he’s probably called General Thanos. However, the game’s site lists the character as “an all-new threat”. By the looks of the trailer the game’s style will be an action RPG along the same lines as their Future Fight game on mobile. If you’re interested in signing up for pre-registration you can go to the game’s website for more info.
I’ve got to offer up a hot take on this announcement. Truth be told, the game looks interesting. We don’t have any info on in-game economy but from the pre-registration offer, one can guess it’ll follow traditional free-to-pay mobile models. But that isn’t even a challenge worth talking about, yet. On any given day, mobile games have more uphill of a battle against the hundreds of games for phones that come out by the hour. It’s only fair to treat it like any other upcoming release, but the timing of the announcement has a bit of sting to it. Last week’s announcement of Gazillion not getting a renewed deal at the Marvel license to continue the Marvel Heroes series leaves a bad taste in the mouth of a dedicated community that followed it. I eye-rolled this announcement upon first glance at my email, not because it’s yet another use of Marvel characters in a form of gaming I’m not as invested in, but because Marvel’s gaming decisions lately feel rudderless and are starting to make people weary of investing time and money in any game they’re involved in. Marvel Strike Force could turn out to be a good game and that’s great for the industry as a whole, but I would have waited a bit before making this announcement.