Practice your poker face and get ready for some 52 Card Pickup as the Ragin’ Cajun makes his explosive debut in “Marvel Contest of Champions.”
Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Game Designers Dominic O’Grady and Justin Ostensen dropped by to talk Gambit and all the TLC the team put in to make the card-slinger stand out.
Marvel.com: First things first: I am digging Remy’s look! Did The Collector pick him straight out of the 90’s?
Dominic O’Grady: You know it! Both us and Collector are big fans of the 90’s X-Men look. Bold, colorful, and dynamic costumes and designs make each of the classic X-Men stand out, and Gambit is no exception. The Collector would be remiss if he didn’t add this version of Gambit to the many Champions present in The Contest.
Marvel.com: He’s got his staff, the duster, even the blue steel boots!
Dominic O’Grady: He’s the real deal, right down to the kinetic cards! He’s absolutely one of our most flashy characters; the animators and artists really went to town with Gambit.
Gabriel Frizzera: Our team even created a specific animation rig to make sure Gambit had an extra-long coat, like in the comics! We spared no expense!
Marvel.com: On to gameplay! Tell us a little about his Ragin’ Cajun ability. What’s going on there?
Justin Ostensen: Ragin’ Cajun is all about Gambit powering up his existing abilities for even more effectiveness. An upgrade to his signature Flak Jacket allows him to soak up even more Physical Resistance than before and give him more survivability in long fights. Additionally, Ragin’ Cajun also powers up Gambit’s new Buff in The Contest, Prowess, by granting him a large boost to Critical Damage during his already explosive Special Attacks.
Marvel.com: And what about Ante-Up? Does he get to throw some cards around or something a little less on the nose?
Justin Ostensen: Well, he’s already throwing cards during his Special Attacks and base moves, so Ante-Up is a little different. We wanted to capture Gambit’s high stakes, push-your-luck mentality with this ability. As Gambit holds Block, he builds up Kinetic Charges, which he can trade in for Prowess Buffs that boost his Special Damage. However, he has to be careful, because whenever Gambit is struck by a combo he has a chance to Fold and lose all of his Kinetic charges. It’s all about risk vs. reward and how far the player wants to push to get that extra bit of bonus damage for a massive Special Attack.
Marvel.com: Now Gambit’s no stranger to fighting games, having made appearances in multiple Marvel vs. Capcom titles. Was the team inspired by any of those games or is the Contest of Champions Gambit totally his own man?
Gabriel Frizzera: Like good Marvel fans, we all love the Marvel vs. Capcom series. But every time we develop a character, we always go straight to the source, in this case the comic books. Re-interpreting the source material always gives us a better chance to create something original and authentically Marvel, instead of echoing past successful products. Of course there are classic moves that any version of Gambit needs to have, but awesome X-Men comics were at the core of our inspiration.
Marvel.com: And when can we expect to add him to our roster?
Justin Ostensen: Gambit has stepped in to help his fellow mutants against the new Terrigenocide event and is ready to enter The Contest now. Make sure to check for in-game messaging and arenas to see how you can get your hands on the Ragin’ Cajun himself.
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