The Collector’s gathering up devils, this time recruiting the Man Without Fear’s persona from “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix for his Contest. Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Game Designer Justin Ostensen dropped by to chat about the newest brawler in “Marvel Contest of Champions.”
Marvel.com: How do the Collector, Kang, and the Maestro feel about street-level heroes? I mean when it comes down to it, a guy with radar senses doesn’t have quite the same wow factor as the Hulk.
Gabriel Frizzera: The Battlerealm is a little bit like a reflection of the Marvel Universe. And like the Marvel Universe, it has its own seedy underbelly, a place where blasting your way in won’t solve any problems. In these places, a more personal touch is needed. The Collector prefers to stay away from these messy situations, which he considers below him, and trusts people like Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to get their hands dirty instead.
Marvel.com: Daredevil’s looking super sharp in that armor! Why did you want this version of Matt Murdock instead of, say, his homemade black vigilante outfit?
Gabriel Frizzera: We love the black outfit! It has been on our list since the beginning, because we love Frank Miller and John Romita’s DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR so much. [“Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix] is so popular, but due to the slow burn pace of that story, we didn’t get to spend too much time with that particular costume. However, we thought it would be cool to give players a chance to play with the armored one and see all the cool details. But don’t worry; the black version is coming at some point for sure!
Marvel.com: World on Fire sounds like an awesome ability, and absolutely fits with DD’s down but not out attitude. When the team is designing abilities, what are some of the things you guys think about when translating from comics or TV to the game?
Justin Ostensen: When it comes to designing abilities for the Champions of the Contest, we primarily look at two factors: What is the Champion famous for, and, what makes for fun and interesting gameplay? When it comes to [this] version of Daredevil, he’s well known for his ability to take a beating and come back swinging. So, anytime his opponent lays a detrimental effect on him like Bleed or Armor Break, he just becomes more determined and strikes back with increased Critical Hit Rate.
Marvel.com: And billy clubs? Do we get to hit people with billy clubs?
Justin Ostensen: During special attacks, definitely. Other than that, Matt Murdock is the son of a boxer and trained by a martial artist, so he’ll be using his fists and feet to take down his enemies.
Marvel.com: It looks like all of the Hell’s Kitchen Hellion’s synergy bonuses are with fellow heroes that don’t mind busting skulls in dark alleys.
Justin Ostensen: This version of Daredevil is more grounded and has yet to become the famous hero we all know he’ll become one day. Because of this, he identifies more with street level heroes like Luke Cage and Elektra; heroes who help ordinary folks in the dangerous streets.
Marvel.com: Why should players snatch up this Daredevil? And when?
Justin Ostensen: This Daredevil is the more aggressive and offensive version. He’s got new armor to protect himself, and his training and experience taking down Fisk has made him more than ready for the Contest. The son of Battlin’ Jack Murdock will be getting called up from Hell’s Kitchen very soon.
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