While there will be cosmetics available for purchase, Midnight Suns will not feature any loot boxes or microtransactions.
Recently, XCOM studio Firaxis released a gameplay trailer for its upcoming Marvel game Midnight Suns. While it is another turn-based strategy game, it clearly plays nothing like the XCOM games, with combat determined by a random selection of collectible cards.
Upon the reveal of the card element, some fans began to express concerns that Midnight Suns will feature loot boxes and microtransactions to try and sell more powerful cards which can make the game easier.
Those fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Firaxis has confirmed, via the official Midnight Suns Twitter account, that this won’t be the case. There will be different skins you can buy for the roster of playable heroes, but these will be purely cosmetic and not affect gameplay.
In Slay The Spire, only the player has access to a deck of cards, with the enemy monsters acting like standard enemies from a turn-based role-playing game. Stapleton’s comparison suggests that Midnight Suns functions identically.
It’s not like Blizzard’s Hearthstone, which is a free-to-play card game where players build their own decks and compete against each other. In a game like that, you need to also consider what cards your opponent is using, which won’t be the case in Midnight Suns.
In response to Stapleton’s comments, Firaxis designer Jake Solomon adds that he understands the confusion from fans, promising that the game will be as fun and tactical as XCOM.
Another gameplay demonstration is already scheduled to take place next week. On September 7 at 7:30pm BST / 11:30am PT, you can look forward to seeing Wolverine and the new custom character Hunter face off against Sabretooth, a classic Marvel villain and Wolverine’s personal nemesis. The livestream will be shared via the official website and IGN.
Midnight Suns releases for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC in March 2022.
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