XCOM Marvel superhero game has vampires but no existing characters claims source

Take-Two is widely expected to announce a new strategy game based in the Marvel universe this month, but it doesn’t involve the Avengers.

Although they’re not usually the most prolific of publishers, Take-Two has a number of new projects in development at the moment, including three remasters/remakes – at least one of which may be GTA related.

They’ve also said they have a brand new game to announce sometime this month, which given rumours earlier in the year is believed to be a strategy game from Firaxis, makers of XCOM.

Other than that ‘famous actors’ are involved there was no further information in the initial leak but a new rumour suggests the game is focused on the supernatural side of the Marvel universe.

The information comes from the normally reliable Jeff Grubb, who suggests that the game will be officially announced at Gamescom later in the month.

However, rather than the Avengers-focused setting that many might have expected Grubb suggests that it’s almost a new IP, despite being officially set in the Marvel universe (or at least one of them).

‘The reason that it might still be [considered] a new property even though it’s a Marvel thing is that… this is not going to pick up any existing franchise in the [Marvel Cinematic Universe], it’s not even going to be existing characters,’ Grubb said, as transcribed by VGC.

‘The game is going to focus on the supernatural elements of the Marvel universe. ‘I don’t know if that necessarily means like Blade, but I do think there will be vampires in it, and I don’t know if it means mystical Marvel [characters]… but I think you might see enemies of that type that you’re fighting,’ he added.

It seems as if Grubb mentioned the name Blade simply because he is a supernatural character, connected to vampires, that he’d heard of, but it does seem to contradict his suggestion that there will be no existing characters.

It may be that he means established characters will be in the game but only in a mentor or adversarial role, with players instead creating their own custom playable characters in the manner of XCOM.

‘I do think that the character that you’re playing will be a customisable superhero, or at least the team might be customisable, so it’s still going to have XCOM in that way, but that’s why it’s not going to be taking place in any existing lineage of franchises’, he added.

Grubb may have incomplete information on exactly how the game will work but he seems pretty certain about the supernatural aspect.

Vampires have long been a key part of the Marvel universe (many famous characters debuted or appeared in the long-running The Tomb of Dracula comic book series) and a number of supernatural characters have or are shortly due to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch (and perhaps Agatha Harkness and Dormammu) have a new film coming up, as does Blade. Morbius is to be a standalone Sony film, while Ghost Rider has already appeared in the non-canon Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Moon Knight is to star in an upcoming Disney+ show.

Even if they’re not playable that’s more than enough name recognition to justify a supernatural-themed game and hopefully we’ll find out more in just a couple of weeks.

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