Marvel Battle Lines Combines Superheroes and Card Games This Year

Tired of the overabundance of fantasy-based collectible card games? Marvel and Nexon are teaming up for something a little more contemporary.


The collectible card gaming (CCG) space has been getting crowded over the years. But while there's plenty of fantasy representation in this genre, mainly from games like Hearthstone, Gwent, and The Elder Scrolls: Legends, there aren't too many card games that utilize other genres. Nexon and Marvel are hoping to change that with a new CCG game that's based on the superhero world.

Marvel Battle Lines will challenge players to build the best decks based on the comic publisher/movie studio's pantheon of heroes and villains. One of the game's main focuses will be single-player content, with a full campaign written by Marvel's Alex Irvine (Iron Man: The Rapture, Hellstorm: Son of Satan). On top of that, Marvel is teasing further storylines that touch on the past decades of classic storylines. The announcement post on the Marvel website also points to a PvP mode. Players will be able to earn new cards by playing both single-player and multiplayer.

In terms of mechanics, there are few details available. Marvel is only pointing to cards that will based on their heroes and villains. Among the ones shown were Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Panther, Gamora, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Elektra, The Green Goblin, Jessica Jones, Spider-Gwen (indicating that the card game will reach beyond the standard "616" Marvel Universe), Spider-Man, Star-Lord, and Thanos. No word on whether Thanos can [JOKE REDACTED DUE TO AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR SPOILER].

It should be noted that, like other Marvel games, certain Marvel properties appear to be missing. Anyone hoping to find the Fox-owned Marvel properties, like Deadpool and the X-Men are in for disappointment, at least for now.

Marvel Battle Lines is set to release on iOS and Android later this year. It's being called a "free-to-download" game, but look for a pricing model similar to its CCG brethren when it releases.

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