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Battle Lines: Heroes and villains collide in virtual Marvel card game — watch the trailer

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Oct 24, 2018, 10:54 AM EDT

Marvel Games has partnered with Nexon to create Marvel: Battle Lines, a virtual card game in the vein of Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!

Following a similar PvP format, Battle Lines (available now) allows players to collect cards of famous Marvel heroes and villains. Once their decks — consisting of a max of 12 cards — are powerful enough, they can challenge other players, pitting these iconic characters against one another in battle. As time goes on, players can upgrade the powers of their cards, thus upping the effectiveness of their strategies.

"Marvel: Battle Lines brings an entirely new level of immersive competition to card battle games by breaking the traditional molds of the genre and giving players more control of the game board itself,” said Lawrence Koh, general manager at Nexon M, in a statement. “At Nexon, it’s our goal to create fun and engaging games that can be played for years, and Marvel fans and competitive gamers alike can expect a steady roll out of new cards to collect and shake up strategies, regular live events and challenges, and much more in the days, months, and years ahead.”

Watch the launch trailer below:

In addition to the PvP capabilities of the game, Battle Lines also has a single-player campaign mode, featuring an original storyline by Alex Irvine, a famed sci-fi and fantasy writer, who has done work for Marvel in the past. Other single-player modes follow familiar comic book storylines and events, allowing room for player-oriented challenges and rewards.

“Marvel has a hallowed history of bringing the heroes we love and the villains we love to hate to the world through trading cards and we’re thrilled to continue and build upon that long legacy in Marvel: Battle Lines,” added Bill Rosemann, executive creative director at Marvel Games.

The current playable roster is large and diverse, consisting of over 200 characters like Captain America, Spider-Man, Venom, Captain Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Thanos, Black Panther, and even M.O.D.O.K.

The game can now be played on Apple and Android devices.