Marvel and TT Games hosted a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con to give fans a closer look at their upcoming Lego adventure. They shared a new trailer and confirmed new characters like Gwenpool & Cosmo who will play a key part in the game.
The panel, made up of members from Marvel, TT games, and Lego and rounded out by comics writer and artists, showed fans new content and shared some of the processes and decision making that went into developing Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. We saw a new trailer focuses on the games Villian, Kang, and we also got to see more of the characters we can expect in an even bigger world than ever before.
Lego Designer, Justin Ramsden, spoke about the process of bringing Lego sets into the game and how Lego works with TT Games to create new digital assets for the game that have never been Lego sets. Dan Veesenmeyer, Lego Marvel artist talked about recreating heroes as Lego Minifigures, whose blocky components are a little more restrictive than most mediums. Lego and Marvel work closely with TT Games to bring the bricks to life in a way that stays true to both brands.
We saw several vehicle models, including Black Panther’s Jet and Crossbones’ truck that have been recreated for the game but there will be plenty others. Lego fans will be able to spot many of the builds and characters from official sets in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. The game allows Lego designers and Marvel to bring even more characters to life starting with its main villain: Kang.
Who’s This Kang Guy?
Kang the Conqueror is a powerful and deadly threat to the Avengers but under-represented in more modern stories says Marvel writer Kurt Busiek. Kang is a time-traveling supervillain bent on finding histories greatest warriors. He has collected Marvels greatest heroes not only from across history but also from alternative Marvel storylines into Chronopolis. Arthur Parsons, head of design for TT Games, was very excited about using Kang because he opens Lego Marvel Super Heroes up to all of the Marvel universe.
Busiek, who wrote the Kang Dynasty comics in 2001, helped bring Kang to life in digital plastic bricks and describes him a guy just looking for a good fight. He is gathering champions because he is bored, he wants to find someone who can challenge him. To this end, he is scouring history and alternate timelines in search of the best and using his Sword shaped ship, the Damocles, to collect them in Chronopolis.
During E3 we got our first look at Chronopolis and we saw a few of the cities that will be stitched together including Spider-man Noir’s New York, Knowhere, and Wakanda. There are 18 different worlds and you can also expect Medieval castles, ancient Egypt, the Old West, and more. Chronopolis will be 4-5 times the size of the previous Lego Marvel world and is packed with secret missions, puzzles, and challenges.
Will ‘That’ Character I love Be in It?
The chances are, yes. Lego Marvel Super Heroes featured just over 100 playable characters, not including DLC characters. Marvel and TT Games are stepping that number up to over 200 and are using the Kang storyline to bring characters from across the Marvel universe into one place. Of course, all the core Avengers will be there, we have seen Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, even Wasp in action already. The trailers reveal many more iconic Marvel heroes like She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, and all manner of Spider-people.
One of the best thing about Kang’s Chronopolis is that it will be made up of cities and characters from across Marvel’s history. Already confirmed in previous previews the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Inhumans would be joining the roster but that is just the beginning. At SDCC the panelists confirmed characters including Classic Doctor Octopus and Vulture from Spider-man Homecoming. They also revealed a few, more obscure, characters like Gwenpool, Cosmo, and Throg.
Parsons said that there are over 100 mechanics, including team up moves that allow characters to work together in order to complete an objective. We got a quick glimpse of that in the trailer at 1:09 where we can see Captain Marvel Climbing Groot. There will new mechanics such as time manipulation which allows specific characters to move time forwards or backward to change the state of in-game elements.
Aside from time manipulation, we have not seen too much from the different levels but we can likely expect some of the mechanics of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens to transfer over. This could include possibly more control of vehicles in levels perhaps that cinematic of Kang’s invasion could lead to a dogfight against his forces? Lego: SWTFA also featured blaster battles that allowed heroes to make use of cover and multi-builds which allowed players to rebuild piles of working bricks for multiple puzzles.
Of course, no Lego game would be complete without mini-kits and secrets to uncover. They add replayability to every level because it is impossible to get 100% completion in the story campaign alone. Players should be on the lookout for hidden areas in the levels and all around Chronopolis. Mini-kits will help you unlock new vehicles but be on the lookout for other collectibles as well.
Gwenpool will be taking a more active role than most, acting similarly to Deadpool in the original game. Enthusiastically breaking the fourth wall with her admiration for and thorough knowledge of the entire Marvel universe. Collect special pink bricks during levels and hidden around the city for unique rewards. Players can collect a series of Lego variants of famous Marvel covers like the Avengers 49 issue featuring Kang above.
She will also offer special missions like the one we got a brief glimpse of where players will have to sneak into a video game collection to help Howard the Duck pitch a game to increase his profile in the Marvel universe. Keep an eye out for Marvel’s own Ryan Penagos making a cameo. There are 12 missions around Chronopolis for you and Parsons promises each will have a unique feel.
Play With Friends
Lego games have featured two-player co-op for some time but TT has added a new four-player multiplayer mode for Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. The competitive and cooperative “Super Hero Battle” mode lets friends and family play together or against each other in a series of themed challenges and battle arenas. If you are playing on a Switch you will be able to play two-player co-op with a single Joy-Con.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 will be available November 14th, for Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One. If you pre-order the Deluxe edition you will be eligible for early access to the Classic Guardians of the Galaxy Character pack and receive a limited edition Giant-Man Lego Minifigure. Which is similar to the pre-order promotion for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens which included an exclusive Finn FN-2187 Minifigure.
There are a lot of interesting games this fall, Will Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 make your list for the holiday season?
This article first appeared on DVSGaming.org