In a report on Marvel’s official website, the company announced the arrival of Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics to Facebook. The game is a follow-up to 2012’s Marvel Avengers Alliance, which has remained a popular game on the social networking site for the past two years.
Tactics gives players the opportunity to “take on the role of a S.H.I.E.L.D. Commander” and recruit a team of super heroes from a pool of Avengers characters such as Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America as well as a number of other Marvel heroes to help “protect Earth against threats from other dimensions.” Unlike its predecessor, which focused predominantly on RPG-style turn based combat, Tactics utilizes a grid-based 3D perspective not unlike a traditional strategy game, adding the extra dimension of movement and positioning to gameplay. Tactics also endeavors to build on the RPG elements of Avengers Alliance by allowing players to “manage the improvements of their heroes, choosing and upgrading their powers” as they progress through the game.
Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics promises to bring new content and new playable heroes into the game “with frequent story and character expansions” as well as through PvP seasons in which players can fight their friends to unlock new content. With the original Avengers Alliance having boasted a roster of one hundred playable heroes after two years of patches as opposed to Tactics’ launch lineup of twenty, there’s plenty of room into which Tactics can expand before it can truly fill the shoes of its predecessor, which was shut down on April 20, 2014 to make room for Tactics.
In a press release, AJ Glasser of Facebook Games commented that she’s looking forward to Tactics’ sense of “intimacy with individual units on the battlefield” and “level of detail that you don’t get in most of the asynchronous turn-based strategy games currently on Facebook and mobile.” The game is also a significant cooperative project between Facebook Games and Marvel parent company Disney, whose partnership began in 2012 with Avengers Alliance. Glasser continues on to say that she’s “excited to see what the sequel can achieve.” If Tactics succeeds in emulating the success of Avengers Alliance, it will doubtlessly create pave the way for even more Marvel and Disney products to make their way onto social media.
If you’re interested in trying out Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics for yourself, the game is available now on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MarvelTactics.