Long known for its console releases and fighting crossovers, Marvel made the decision in 2010 to venture into mobile games. After several hits and misses, awkward video game ports, and action-adventure solo titles barely optimized for smartphones, the company found success in such titles as Marvel Puzzle Quest, Spider-Man Unlimited, Marvel Avengers Academy, Contest of Champions and Marvel: Future Fight.
During the Marvel Games presentation held Thursday at Comic-Con International in San Diego, several new additions were announced to the lineup, along with notable updates to current titles -- in particular, Marvel: Future Fight, which will introduce new characters.
A new teaser, seemingly intended to capitalize on the success of Deadpool 2, depicts Cable taking on Domino inside a warehouse. Deadpool can be seen minding his own business in the background, seemingly preoccupied with flicking the light switch on and off, inadvertently interrupting the battle. He soon joins the fight, and the scene fades to black.
The game's soundtrack, introduced here as an authorized accompaniment to the update, is available beginning today on iTunes.
Deadpool and Domino are the first of numerous playable characters expected to arrive on the platform this year. The Merc with a Mouth's on-again, off-again partner Cable was recently made available in Future Fight as a Tier-2 character, accessible through the game's World Boss missions.
Several other titles were teased Thursday during the Comic-Con presentation, including a new mobile card game, Marvel Strike Force and Marvel's first foray into PC-based VR, which features Oculus Rift compatibility and four-man co-op gameplay involving characters like Captain America, Iron Man, Gamora, Thor, Iceman and Storm, and several Marvel-exclusive locations such as Wakanda and the Nine Realms. The panel was headlined by the company's current flagship console game, Marvel's Spider-Man.
Marvel: Future Fight was developed in 2015 by Netmarble Studios as a complement to Kabam's Marvel: Contest of Champions, which was released for Android and iOS around the same time. It tells the story of a dystopian world in which Thor, Black Panther and Black Bolt are all that's left of a dying civilization, the other heroes having been annihilated by an unknown force. The prologue features a dying Nick Fury sending his robotic assistant Jocasta to the past to appeal to the World's Mightiest Heroes for aid, while also begging the player to help save the future. The narrative involves plenty of interdimensional travel and alternate versions of the same characters, some more volatile and aggressive than the rest. It also foretells the invasion of Thanos and the Black Order in Avengers: Infinity War.
Marvel: Future Fight is free for download on both Android and iOS.