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Love your superhero stuff? Keep an eye on Capes, an upcoming turn-based strategy RPG full of people with superpowers. It's being developed by Spitfire Interactive, who have risen from the ashes of Defiant Development who created the Hand of Fate series.

Capes is set in a world where the villains won, brutally. Two decades later, a new generation of heroes are rising up and that's where you come in. You and your little band of heroes will be going out in tactical turn-base battles rescuing people, and it all seems a little XCOM or perhaps even like the upcoming Marvel's Midnight Suns.

"Combine superpowers to create iconic strategies worthy of their own comic book panel, like slinging a spiky-crystal-covered powerhouse head-first into a villain’s chest. Character diversity is at the forefront of Capes throughout its modern take on classic comic tropes. Not just in powers, but in the heroes themselves to showcase a variety of ethnicities, genders, hopes, and dreams. The future is in the hands of the nascent youth as they work together to fight against the overwhelming odds of the generation before them."

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Game Features:

  • Recruit new heroes, train them up, and save the city.
  • Fight across scores of different locations in turn based combat scenarios.
  • Team up with your allies to unlock unique abilities.
  • Stand against a variety of superpowered enemies.
  • Uncover the secret histories behind the heroes and villains of the piece.
  • Take your place amongst the champions in this high octane superhero drama.

"I started my career writing on Freedom Force alongside Ken Levine, so this feels like a return to where my journey began," said Morgan Jaffit, Director of Spitfire Interactive. “My team and I want to explore the ‘darker side of every coin’ and we have the best people possible to do it.”

Capes arrives sometime in Q1 2023 on Steam.

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scaine 19 Aug
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I think Cheeseness mentioned on Discord that he's had some (small) contribution to this one too. I'm looking forward to checking it out.
Liam Dawe 19 Aug
Quoting: seamooseNo capes!
Ah, what a classic bit :D
QuoteCapes is set in a world where the villains won, brutally. Two decades later, a new generation of heroes are rising up and that's where you come in. […]and it all seems a little XCOM[…]
That's basically the plot of XCOM 2, with superheroes. Which is not a bad thing, XCOM 2 is pretty high up there in my list of most-played games.
Quoting: Philadelphus
QuoteCapes is set in a world where the villains won, brutally. Two decades later, a new generation of heroes are rising up and that's where you come in. […]and it all seems a little XCOM[…]
That's basically the plot of XCOM 2, with superheroes. Which is not a bad thing, XCOM 2 is pretty high up there in my list of most-played games.
Wait, in XCOM 2 the aliens already won before the beginning? I feel like I was playing a different game.
Cheeseness 20 Aug
Quoting: scaineI think Cheeseness mentioned on Discord that he's had some (small) contribution to this one too.
Yep! I've been doing contract work on this one. Very happy to be supporting Defiant alumni.


Quoting: Purple Library GuyWait, in XCOM 2 the aliens already won before the beginning? I feel like I was playing a different game.
My reading of New New XCOM was that it reframed New XCOM as all entirely being a simulation run on you by Advent at the facility you're rescued from in the tutorial mission (with the implication being that that information was what they used to defeat humanity and take over earth).


Last edited by Cheeseness on 20 August 2022 at 12:21 am UTC
Quoting: Purple Library GuyWait, in XCOM 2 the aliens already won before the beginning? I feel like I was playing a different game.
We are talking about the same game, right? In XCOM 2 you start out as a tiny resistance force of rag-tag soldiers fighting from an underdog position needing to rely on stealth and ambushes, in a world that's been conquered and occupied by aliens for decades (long enough to reshape some cities into gleaming futuristic Utopian visions and let others crumble into zombie Lost-filled ruins) trying to reconnect with other resistance forces around the world to ultimately forge a strong enough resistance force to drive off the aliens* and retake Earth.

**Well, the Elders/Ethereals mainly – XCOM: Chimera Squad reveals a whole lot of the various aliens ended up settling down on Earth and integrating.
hardpenguin 20 Aug
Oh HELL YES!

You had me at "ex-Hand of Fate devs" <3
Quoting: Philadelphus
Quoting: Purple Library GuyWait, in XCOM 2 the aliens already won before the beginning? I feel like I was playing a different game.
We are talking about the same game, right?
I . . . guess not.
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: Philadelphus
Quoting: Purple Library GuyWait, in XCOM 2 the aliens already won before the beginning? I feel like I was playing a different game.
We are talking about the same game, right?
I . . . guess not.
Oh, OK!

To get somewhat back on topic, given how much I've enjoyed XCOM 1/2/CS, I'll have to keep an eye on Capes.
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