Game News D23 Games Showcase: Marvel, Star Wars, Avatar, Tron, the summary of all game announcements!
That’s it, Disney Marvel has just sent its first Showcase dedicated to video games and it’s time to summarize it. We just spent over twenty minutes, rather intense, with confirmations, release dates and quite a few surprises. Want to know everything about the show in a single article? Well here is all the information on this big meeting during D23.
We didn’t really know what form this Disney & Marvel Games Showcase would take. In the end: twenty minutes where we barely had time to breathe! The entertainment giant has opted for a short format, reminiscent of Nintendo Direct, to deliver its announcements. And we got off to a flying start with the reveal of Tron Identity, mysterious narrative game | visual novel in the cult universe where computers and “living” software mix. It is developed by the Bithell Games studio (John Wick Hex) and we will follow the story of a “detective program” to lift the veil on an “unprecedented” crime. Release date: 2023. In the process, another very nice surprise, with Illusion Island, a 2D platform game that brings together Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Donald. Everything is planned for next year exclusively on Nintendo Switch and seems to rely heavily on cooperation between its characters. You will understand, it is a good introduction.
Release date, new projects: Marvel in the spotlight
As we suspected, a good part of the show was devoted to Marvel. Starting with Midnight Suns, a tactical role-playing game developed by Firaxis Games (XCOM), which took the opportunity to reveal its release date. So see you on December 2, 2022 on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series (PS4, Xbox One and Switch versions not mentioned). Another long-awaited project that dropped by to say hello: Skydance New Media’s Marvel game, piloted by the talented Amy Hennig. So no name, arrival window or gameplay images, but confirmations! Yes, the adventure will stage Captain America and Black Panther in what looks like World War II, with two other mysterious heroes at their side. In the trailer, we can also notice the logo of HYDRA, an evil organization piloted by Red Skull. Rather intriguing.
But you know superheroes. They are so strong that they are on all fronts. During the evening, Disney presented a new mobile action game in the Marvel universe available now, strike-force. Not much to report except that the famous Hulk seems to be in the spotlight. Directly afterwards, a man named Marvel’s Snap came to remind us that it’s not just Hearthstone that knows how to make collectible card games. Release: October 28. Finally, the world of superheroes has one last surprise in store for us: World of Heroes, a mobile title developed by… Niantic! Yes yes, the creator of Pokémon Go. Everything will be available next year and will undoubtedly take advantage of augmented reality as well as a cooperative adventure.
Mario Kart, Toy Star, Avatar: Disney and surprises
Another big piece of the showcase, of course, the Disney licenses! Beyond the Toy Story content coming to Disney’s Dreamlight Valley this fall and a new mobile action-RPG called Mirrorverse and which highlights the big bad guys (available now, more content in October) we especially remembered the new Speedstorm trailer. Yes ! We are talking about Disney’s Mario Kart-like, coming ‘soon’ on PC and consoles. The game looks promising and we were able to discover the circuits taken from Monsters & Cie but also all its heroes in full action.
So yes, we expected to see the face of the Disney Pixar heroes, but another head, blue this time, was invited to the party. We are of course talking about the Navis and the Avatar license – the second film of which will soon be in theaters. After a hello without news, just for the form, of the triple-A of Ubisoft Avatar Frontiers of Pandora (still planned for 2023-2024 on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series) we especially spotted the new images of Avatar Reckoning, the MMORPG in the universe of James Cameron. On the program: gameplay with the creation of heroes, combat and adventure. In solo, it will be a question of lifting the veil on a mysterious narrative and in multiplayer, you can either cooperate or put yourself on the face. It is planned “soon”.
Avatar Reckoning – D23 Trailer
Star Wars, Alien, Monkey Island and a few absentees
As with Frontiers of Pandora, Disney sent us more reminders with two or three new images. This was the case for Aliens Dark Descent, an isometric shooter planned for PC | consoles next year or even the already cult Return to Monkey Island (September 19, 2022). Same thing for Star Wars Skywalker Saga, which will soon welcome even more heroes and an archi-complete “galactic” edition at the end of 2022. Moreover, as long as we talk about the famous universe of George Lucas, we must regret thelack of big names during this showcase, in particular Jedi Survivor, sequel to Jedi Fallen Order. Same thing with Marvel. Tonight, no Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 or Marvel’s Wolverine. For those, you will have to be more patient.