What would you prefer? Yellow spandex?
Daedalic Entertainment has announced it has teamed up with Spitfire Interactive to create Capes, a turn-based super-hero strategy game coming to consoles and PC sometime this year. Spitfire Interactive is a developer formed by members of Defiant Development, creators of Hand of Fate. Perhaps more notably, the team is being headed by Morgan Jaffit, who was a member of Irrational Games during the development of one of the turn-based super-hero genre’s earliest members, 2002’s Freedom Force.
Capes takes place in a world where evil has long since triumphed, and the development of super-powers is illegal. Keep that in mind next time you forget to take the tinfoil off a baked potato before microwaving it or peel the do-not-remove tag off a mattress. You might inadvertently give yourself illicit abilities. You take command of a squad of super-heroes who, contrary to what the name implies, do not wear capes. Your job is to recruit heroes to your cause and complete a series of main and side-missions to take down evil and free the city.
A trailer dropped today which demonstrates Capes’ visual style and gameplay, which I’m honestly not digging. Not every super-hero game actually has to have underwear worn on the exterior of pants, but the characters look tired, and the environments appear drab. Also, if I play a super-hero game, I want to create my own, and nothing in the currently-available information even implies that it will be a possibility.
That said, even with Marvel’s own Midnight Suns out there on the market, there’s room for more tactical super-hero games. There’s definitely some solid pedigree behind it, so I’m thinking this trailer just might not be the best representation of what Capes has to offer.
You won’t have much time to squeeze into your spandex, as Capes will be super-punching PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S sometime in 2023. If you’re uncertain, you can try the demo for the PC version as part of the Steam Next Fest.