The X-Men film universe may not be tied into the official Marvel Studios world, but that hasn’t slowed down the live-action Children of the Atom. The seventh installment in the comic book-inspired franchise is due to hit theaters this May and we can expect all the usual tie-in merchandise to arrive in time for the summer release. This time around, video game fans have something to look forward to, as well.
A handful of official video game adaptations and spinoffs have been released to tie-into the film universe throughout the years and it looks like gamers will have another mutant adventure to dive into this summer. Unlike many of the previous tie-ins, this one will be exclusively for mobile gamers.
Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past is a mobile game being developed by Glitchsoft. The creators of the upcoming 2D side-scrolling mobile game are also responsible for He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe and Destructopus. Marvel released the first details about the game this week…
“Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past will be rendered in a unique side-scrolling 2D format. Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past is designed for mid-core gamers and will deliver a fast-paced, rewarding, and combat-focused experience.”
Regardless of whether the movie delivers or not, the game has a classic comic book to draw its plot from, so the story should be plenty engaging. The early 80s Days of Future Past storyline in Uncanny X-Men follows the same basic plot as the upcoming film, except in the comics Kitty Pryde is the ‘time-traveler’ instead of Wolverine.
Neither Glitchsoft’s He-Man game or Destructopus were without flaws, but they were definitely worth the less-than-two-dollar price tags in our opinion. With any luck, Glitchsoft may be able to recapture the magic of the iconic side-scroller X-Men 2: Clone Wars and capitalize on the nostalgia of aging gamers.
We are a bit disappointed that there won’t be a console companion to the new film, but a mobile game may end up being for the best. None of the previous console tie-ins were particular amazing and these days we have plenty of other superheroes setting an incredibly high bar for console games (Batman Arkham franchise, Lego Marvel, inFamous). A well-crafted, simple 2D side-scroller could end up being the best X-Men film tie-in game yet.
Are you disappointed that the Days of Future Past game won’t be a big-budget console game or do you like the idea of a mobile game? Sound off in the comments.
Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past is coming to iOS and Android devices in May 2014.
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