As most franchises eventually do, Marvel Comics will soon be releasing its own digital CCG known as Marvel Battle Lines, GameSpot reports.
PC and mobile developer Nexon will be handling the game, currently set to release on Android and iOS sometime later in the year (though a PC release will likely come in time). From what is known so far, Marvel Battle Lines will be free-to-play and will likely utilize the standard randomized pack system seen in similar titles.
Marvel writer Alex Irvine, best known for titles like Hellstorm: Son of Satan and several novelizations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, will be handling the campaign mode for the game, though no details on what the story will be like have been revealed yet. Other single-player modes will let players reenact different events and pivotal moments from the Marvel Comics timeline with the cards available, too.
At present, the full scope and scale of just which of Marvel’s numerous heroes and villains will be available to play with is not known, but a sampling of some of the cards available show off a healthy variety of characters. Superheroes like the Hulk, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Gwen Stacy’s Spider-Woman are known to be usable alongside villains like Thanos and the Green Goblin. Additionally, each card will reportedly have a second side to them explaining a bit about the character featured on it and their history in comics.
While a player battle system is planned to be implemented, the exact details of what that will involve are not yet revealed. The same can be said for how playing the game is carried out, with nothing confirmed as to what kind of rules are involved. Some speculate it may be similar to the Marvel Trading Card Game released on PSP, Nintendo DS, and PC a decade prior, though given the lukewarm reception it received at the time, this is unlikely.
Even so, with such a large and eclectic cast of characters to make into cards, the game likely won’t have much problem getting off the ground once it launches.