Marvel has announced Marvel Strike Force, a new free-to-play squad-based mobile game that will send teams of heroes and villains against "the enemies of S.H.I.E.L.D." The game will debut in 2018.
The new game is the latest addition to a growing lineup of mobile games for the company. Fans are already able to take control of Marvel's most popular heroes in mobiles games such as Future Fight, Contest of Champions, and Avengers Academy.
Developed by FoxNext Games, Marvel Strike Force is a tactical RPG that focuses on squad-based combat. To form a team of five, players can choose from a massive roster of characters, including Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Loki, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Venom, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Elektra, Star-Lord, Groot, and Gamora. So far, the game's roster draws from characters associated with Spider-Man, the Defenders, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, without any inclusion of the Fantastic Four or the X-Men, though this could change at a later date, just as it did with Future Fight.
In Marvel Strike Force, players will be able to "create powerful alliances, collect new gear and make their alliances stronger, and dominate the enemies of S.H.I.E.L.D. in strategic combat." Aside from fighting computer-controlled enemies, players can battle each other in 5-on-5 matches.
Marvel has released a trailer for the game that shows its characters in action. Fans can see actual gameplay footage of Captain America beating up the Red Skull. The trailer features a team of Spider-Man, Elektra, Iron Man, and the Hulk facing off against Kree soldiers. The teamwork aspects of the game come into play when Captain America reflects Iron Man's energy blasts off his shield to defeat the Kree. The trailer also teases the presence of a powerful Kree villain.
The game's mechanics differ greatly from Marvel's other mobile games like Future Fight and Contest of Champions. Contest of Champions is about one-on-one battles and in Future Fight players control a team of three, but only one character can fight at once. Strike Force, on the other hand, is all about properly utilizing an entire team of heroes, and picking the right characters for each mission. Victories and losses are largely determined by who the player picks for his team.
Players can sign up for pre-registration on the game's website.
Marvel Strike Force releases on mobile devices sometime in 2018.