D23 Disney Expo: 8 Marvel & Star Wars Gaming Reveals to Expect

  D23 is nearly here, and with it comes the first Disney & Marvel Games Showcase. The streaming event will be a celebration of what is to come for Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel when it comes to the world of interactive entertainment.

In recent years, Disney has retooled their video gaming strategy, allowing a variety of developers to pitch their dream projects within the various universes that the House of Mouse holds as a part of its vast portfolio. The fruits of this labor have been plentiful with games like Marvel’s Spider-Man and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order headlining this renewed effort from the Hollywood giant.

The Disney & Marvel Games Showcase is set to air on Friday, September 9, at 4 pm ET being hosted by Kinda Funny’s Blessing Adeoye Jr. and is set to feature plenty from fan-favorite franchises like Marvel, Star Wars, and so much more.

So with the big event sitting close on the horizon here are the games fans can expect to see.
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1.) Marvel’s Midnight Suns

The most imminent Marvel gaming project comes in the form of Marvel’s Midnight Suns. The upcoming strategy RPG is set to hit consoles sometime early next year (after being pushed out of September 2022) and will surely at least be mentioned at the Disney & Marvel Showcase.

Developed by veterans of the genre Firaxis Games (of XCOM fame), Midnight Suns follows a group of Marvel heroes headlined by Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Wolverine, and Spider-Man, as they look to take out a villainous supernatural force. The game will be a bit of a departure for Marvel Games, showing off what the super-powered universe could look like as a straight strategy RPG. And as the title is seemingly the closest on the calendar, now would be the perfect time for another glimpse at what fans can expect.

2.) Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

After being announced earlier this summer at Star Wars Celebration, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is primed for another marketing beat at the D23 gaming extravaganza. The game is set for a March 2023 release date, with a pair of books tied i nto the adventures of series protagonist Cal Kestis being recently unveiled as well.

Back in May, fans got a brief glimpse of the Jedi: Fallen Order sequel with an entirely CG trailer. So, if Survivor were to reappear at D23, a vertical slice of gameplay would likely be the thing that developer Respawn Entertainment brings for fans to ogle at. Again (like Midnight Suns), this is another game that is coming up quickly, so now feels like the perfect time for more information on the title.

3.) LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga DLC

As is the case with most gaming showcases these days, the Disney & Marvel Games event will not be exclusively about things fans haven’t played yet, but could also potentially offer up some tidbits on games that have already hit store shelves. One of the most likely of these to appear at D23 is LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

The brick-based intergalactic adventure feels primed for some DLC now six months post-release. Since The Skywalker Saga’s early April debut, the title has become one of the best selling games of the year. So, having already accumulated a fairly expansive list of extra downloadable characters, a full-on expansion for the title could fit perfectly into Disney’s release calendar. Some DLC that rounds out the Skywalker Saga, allowing gamers to play through the events of Rogue One and Solo would feel like an apt addition to an already superb title.

4.) Marvel’s Avengers

Another game that has some DLC that could be talked about on Disney’s D23 stage is Marvel’s Avengers. Despite the game’s troubled tenure up to this point, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have continued to support the game albeit in a very slow drip-feed fashion. However, a new update is on the way with Bucky Barnes (aka the Winter Soldier) having already been announced to be coming to the shared-world RPG.

Now, no release date for Bucky (and the new content he will come with) has been given, but with an expected September debut, the Disney & Marvel Games Showcase feels like the most obvious place to reveal the exact specifics.

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