Midnight Suns has been confirmed as a sales failure, despite positive reviews, making it the third Marvel game in a row to do poorly.

You’d think that making a Marvel video game would be a literal licence to print money but, strangely, that’s not the case at all. Insomniac’s Spider-Man games have been exactly the sort of mega hits you’d expect but Avengers, Guardians Of The Galaxy, and Midnight Suns have all significantly underperformed.

Avengers wasn’t very good but the other two were excellent – at least as good as Spider-Man – and yet they’ve sold far less than you’d expect based on both the name and the quality of the games.

It was obvious that strategy game Midnight Suns wasn’t doing very well, as it had massive price cuts just a few weeks after it was released, but now publisher Take-Two has confirmed as much, admitting that ‘it’s possible the release window wasn’t perfect’.

Midnight Suns was released on December 2, which is a little late in the year for a major Christmas title, but not excessively so.

It did always seem optimistic to try and launch a strategy game, even one using the Marvel licence, as a major Christmas title but given 2022’s gift giving season was unusually quiet it wasn’t the stupidest idea ever.

The risk didn’t pay off though and, according to Bloomberg writer Jason Schreier, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick told him that the game had been a ‘critical success but a commercial flop’.

In the meantime, there’s free demos of Midnight Suns on both Xbox and PS Plus Premium, and we strongly recommend you check them out if you can.

Midnight Suns is 100% the game I wanted it to be. Take Two and 2K gave us all the time and resources we needed to make the game of our dreams. There is a free trial now on Xbox and PS Plus Premium, so go play it. No excuses at this point.https://t.co/X1NLIH1O3H

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