Second Dinner, the indie company founded by former Hearthstone director Ben Brode, is finally revealing the secret Marvel project it’s been working on for years. Marvel Snap is a free-to-play collectible card game and battler published by Nurse, a division of ByteDance.
Marvel Snap certainly wears its Hearthstone DNA on its sleeve, right down to Brode’s booming voice in the formal reveal demonstrating mechanics. The brevity of the contests is their biggest allure, with the typical Marvel Snap game lasting roughly three minutes. It achieves this by eliminating back-and-forth turns and allows participants to play at the same time, layering turns on top of each other. It also limits each game to a 12-card deck for both players.
The games are played in three randomized locations (out of a total of 50) that have an impact on strategy. It’s difficult to understand how the game works or flows from the reveal, but one feature mentioned in the war for “cosmic cubes,” in which players compete to have the most cubes at the end of the round. The ability to “snap” an opponent to double the number of cubes at stake is linked to this.
Marvel Snap will launch with over 150 base cards featuring Marvel heroes and villains, as well as variants of characters featuring diverse graphics and artists. As new seasons are launched, more cards will be released, and all cards can be obtained in-game without spending any money, though considering that it’s a free-to-play game, microtransactions will likely be there.
So far, we’ve seen cards of Cosmo, Captain America, Multiple Man, Shang-chi, Scarlet Witch, The Infinaut, Iceman, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Professor X, White Tiger, Gamora, Hulk, Mysterio, Venom, and a tonne more in various images and footage from Second Dinner. As a result, we may anticipate a diverse lineup.
Marvel Snap is “mobile-first,” but not exclusively, and Second Dinner is planning an early PC release to coincide with its imminent mobile release. Although no official release date has been set, a beta is expected to arrive “soon.”
Brode and fellow Blizzard veteran Hamilton Chu unveiled Second Dinner back in 2019, and they’ve since been joined by Jomaro Kindred, Yong Woo, and Michael Schweitzer — all of whom are also from Blizzard’s Hearthstone team, among whom whom whom other projects. Marvel Snap is being published in collaboration with Marvel and Nurse, the gaming division of TikTok parent firm ByteDance.