Readers may recall some months ago that when Hasbro announced a broad traditional games license for Marvel Comics, I predicted that we could expect a Marvel Supers RPG from Wizards of the Coast. Turns out I'm not all that good at making predictions, as news from Gen Con has stated that Margaret Weis Productions has acquired the rights to the Marvel Superheroes RPG license.
The game will use the Cortex Plus system, but considering how different Leverage was from Smallville, that could mean anything for the game's mechanics. The gameline will launch in February of 2012 with the Marvel Superheroes RPG Basic Game, a softcover manual retailing for $20, that will introduce the rules and a small adventure based on Brian Micheal Bendis' first six issues of The New Avengers. Following the launch, MWP will pursue an aggressive release schedule of 16 books in 15 months. These books will be focused on Marvel's crossover events, presenting them as open-ended adventures, each event will have 3 associated supplements.
Additionally, the main event books will be released in two formats; an Essential Edition containing just the setting and adventure material for $30 and a Premium Edition containing everything from the Essential book plus the rules text from the Basic Game at a price of $40. Also announced were the first three events to be covered by the game: Civil War, Annihilation and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse.