The text below was posted on the Brazilian PlayStation Blog, while the video is from Game Informer.
With the release of Marvel’s Midnight Suns scheduled for October 7, players around the world will be able to experience the dark and supernatural side of the Marvel Universe with the Midnight Suns. As Earth’s last line of defense, this team of legendary Marvel heroes must band together to prevent Lilith, the mother of demons, from resurrecting the eldest god Chathon.
To prepare for the upcoming battle, the team at Firaxis were excited to not only create updated outfits for the iconic heroes, but also to give them the appearance of the Super Midnight Sun.
When creating these new costumes, we wanted them to be unique, but it was also important to preserve certain characteristics so that heroes could be easily identified even during intense combat sequences. Our first designs for Midnight Suns Combat Suits had a medieval look, but in the end we chose a more elegant mix of new and old elements to represent the combination of Stark technology and the magic of Doctor Strange.
Strange’s glyphs appear on gold-finish armor plates that are used in conjunction with Stark’s black ballistic plastic. Plus, the new clothes exude the magic of Hell! Our goal was to make the costume appear to radiate supernatural power, a modern twist on traditional superhero robes.
Here are some examples of how we handled the costume design for some of the Midnight Suns, as well as tips on the abilities that Stark and Strange’s new costumes include in the game.
We’ve kept the red and blue sections to ensure that Spider-Man is instantly recognizable. We also make sure that the web is designed properly so that it has a distinct look, design and rhythm. This also applies to his movements, which have a distinct acrobatic style and include extreme and stunning poses.
In keeping with Marvel’s Midnight Suns aesthetic, we added sharp, dagger-like designs to the chest, back, and arms of the Spider-Man suit, and used similar shapes in the design of the spider’s icon. Even in his black and gold combat suit, it’s unmistakable that Spider-Man uses his signature ability Midnight Suns, which leap through the air and strike iconic situations with hellfire behind him.
For the magical outfit, which has a punk style, we looked for inspiration from comics like the series Ghost Rider & Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance From 1992. The Enchantress wasn’t part of these comics, but with her uncanny ability to teleport through space and time, she fit right into the story. To keep her look consistent with the original team look from these comics, we added a black leather jacket, belt, and bracelet to her outfit in The New Mutants.
This black and gold Magic Combat Uniform is inspired by the magical Eldrich outfit you’re wearing new mutants And other comics. She transforms into a medieval fantasy heroine, perfectly matching the spiritual sword she uses. Wearing this outfit unlocks Magic’s Darkchylde’s powerful ability, allowing her to attack all enemies at the same time and become temporarily invulnerable.
For Wolverine, we relied on a brown leather suit created for him in the ’90s because we haven’t seen him represented in many other games. The most important aspects of the appearance we wanted to keep were the classic shapes of the claws and the helmet, which, along with its bodily type, set it apart from the rest of the midnight sun.
For Wolverine’s combat apparel at Midnight Suns, we’ve included signature silhouette sides on the shoulder pads, forearms, and boots. We’ve also expanded the wings on the helmet and added spiky shapes to the chest plate lines. The final appearance is appropriately fierce and matches the skill Wolverine gains from this suit: his brutal nature comes to the fore when his claws flare up and he attacks multiple enemies in a frenzy.
When designing the Ghost Rider theme for Marvel’s Midnight Suns, we drew inspiration from the above comic book series. Souls of VengeanceAs well as his appearance in the series All-new Ghost Rider With Robbie Reyes, released 2014. His head transforms into a metallic skull that mimics the lines of his traditional muscle car, while his uniform is based on the clothes worn by racing drivers.
With his exaggerated Ghost Rider symbol and distinctive golden shield, Robbie’s combat outfits in the Midnight Suns make him look like a demonic spirit of revenge. His suit unlocks the terrifying ability of the Gaze of Penance, which allows him to control the mind of the enemy before it is blasted by the fires of Hell.
Believe it or not: One of our main inspirations for the Iron Man Tony Stark suit was the iconic Italian sports car of the ’80s, which, given Stark’s flamboyant attitude and fondness for expensive cars, wasn’t as crazy as it seemed. Sharp edges and the resulting large vents give the Iron Man suit a distinctive look, but don’t make it any less recognizable.
On the other hand, Stark’s combat suit in the Midnight Suns is designed with exaggerated features to accentuate his abilities. We increased the silhouette of the armor, expanding the forearms, hips and legs. We’ve also added flames to the Arc Reactor, which transforms into a huge pillar of Hellfire when he uses the Midnight Suns suit ability, which hits many enemies with a powerful beam.
We hope you enjoyed learning about some of the new hero costume designs in Marvel’s Midnight Suns as much as we enjoyed working on them. We’ll be sharing more details about the Midnight Suns in the coming weeks on the official Marvel’s Midnight Suns website. We look forward to having Lilith battle it out on October 7th, when the game launches on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5!
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