Marvel is getting back into role-playing games next year, as they’ve teamed up with author/game designer Matt Forbeck (Shotguns & Sorcery RPG, The Marvel Encyclopedia) to create the Marvel Multiverse Role-Playing Game.
They’ll start with the “Playtest Rulebook,” which will define the rules of play — the cleverly titled “D616 System” — and include profiles so fans can play as their Marvel favorites or create their own Marvel hero. According to Marvel, they’ll be looking for feedback from fans on the playtest rules before the game’s full release in 2023.
“As a lifelong Marvel fan and gamer, this project is a dream come true,” Forbeck told Marvel.com. “Fortunately, after writing a couple editions of The Marvel Encyclopedia and designing tabletop games professionally for over 30 years, I feel ready to help make this the best Marvel TTRPG experience ever. I can’t wait for everyone to have the chance to play it!”
Marvel Multiverse is the latest RPG from Marvel, who have licensed their characters or created their own RPGs several times since the 1980s. The original Marvel Super Heroes game debuted in 1984 from TSR, the creators of Dungeons & Dragons, who released rulebooks, modules and other supplements for a number of years. Marvel also released their own short-lived RPG in 2003, and in 2012 Margaret Weis Productions released the Marvel Heroic Roleplay Basic Game and several supplements that tied into the comic series Civil War. It was also short-lived.