The erstwhile Agent Carter becomes her own brand of Captain America!
With Peggy Carter entering the “Marvel Puzzle Quest” fray we got some folks from Demiurge Studios and D3 Go! to chat with us about the next Captain America.
Representing Demiurge Studios, we have Character Designer Paige Pettoruto and Artists Jae Tsai and Amanda Clarke, and as usual we’ve got Producer Josh Austin from D3 Go! ready and raring to chat some Peggy Carter!
Marvel.com: To celebrate Cap’s 75th birthday we’ve got a bunch of Marvel games rolling out all-new, all-different versions of Captain America. “Puzzle Quest” decided to Cap-ify Peggy Carter. Very cool choice, what was the thinking behind it?
Paige Pettoruto: Well, we really wanted to take advantage of this incredible opportunity by exploring a completely new take on Captain America that would resonate with us not only as players, but also as Marvel fans. A lot of us on the team were intrigued by the idea of creating a female Captain America, and Peggy Carter was the natural choice! She was already a character that we loved, and her existing connection to Steve Rogers and the Super-Soldier program made for a really compelling fit.
Peggy taking on Captain America’s mantle is really a natural extension of Steve Roger’s ideals. They’re both underdogs who’ve had to work incredibly hard to overcome the odds stacked against them, and they’re fiercely devoted to building a better world and paving the way for others.
The two characters’ differences are really exciting, too. The fact that Peggy’s got this tactical and espionage background means that her Captain America might have a very different approach to solving problems than Steve Rogers would, even if they have the same end goals.
With her ultra-determined, fearless personality, it’s easy to envision a world where Peggy doesn’t think twice before shouldering the burden of Captain America’s responsibilities. If there’s an opportunity for her to protect her allies and further their cause, she’s definitely going to take it.
Marvel.com: Her in-game art is jaw dropping-ly gorgeous. This is probably one of the first times Peggy’s picked up Cap’s signature shield so I’m wondering what kind of aesthetics was the team looking to hit here?
Jae Tsai: I wanted to infuse some of the 1940’s chic into this character and pulled from a lot of Ryan Meinerding’s concept designs for the first Captain America film. Originally her design had a helmet with the iconic “A” but I later decided to scrap it to expose the hairstyle. She wears a lot of the brown leathers used in older military garb. I borrowed extensively from the Cap suit from [“Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron”] in Peggy’s torso portion of the suit because we decided she needed that contemporary flavor. MPQ is sort of timeless—with Black Widow 1965—but yet contemporary—Ant-Man—and we eventually landed on a design that exists now, but evokes World War II nostalgia!
Amanda Clarke: Working on the cover art for Peggy was such a fun challenge. I wanted to create a piece that had a strong narrative and modern graphic appeal while referencing art of the WWII era. Focusing on the dynamic between Peggy and the Hydra soldier let me showcase her super strength and also pay homage to Jack Kirby’s 1941 [CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1] cover.
Josh Austin: We are blown away by how amazing Peggy came out and it really got our friends at Marvel excited about the addition of Peggy Carter to the game. And yes, from our understanding, we believe this is the actual first time Peggy Carter is featured in a game as Captain America. Someone, please prove me wrong if I’m incorrect!
Marvel.com: Steve and Peggy are very much their own characters; when designing her abilities how did the team give them that Cap feel while also keeping them true to Peggy’s identity?
Paige Pettoruto: Peggy and Steve actually share a lot of the same ideals, but they’ve got very different ways of accomplishing those goals. While Steve’s traditionally a bit on the defense-oriented side, Peggy’s more likely to jump straight into the action. Where Steve might follow due process and play things by the book, Peggy’s more practical and down-to-earth; she isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
Paige Pettoruto: We wanted to make sure Peggy’s personality came through in her design. Like other Caps, Peggy is a force of hope; she cares deeply about her allies, stands for what she believes in, and doesn’t back down. But she’s also unique. Peggy’s incredibly resourceful—an expert agent and a natural strategist—and makes one hell of a name for herself wherever she goes.
Marvel.com: And what exactly can she do in “Puzzle Quest”?
Josh Austin: Peggy’s first ability as Captain America is called Ultimate Soldier. It’s a red ability that costs 9 AP. When Captain America has a mission, no one gets in her way. Carter lands a well-placed blow, ignoring any Protect tiles and dealing damage to the target.
Her second ability, Legendary Presence, is a Yellow Passive—it does not cost AP and is constantly active. Tales of Carter’s combat prowess are told far and wide, so when she enters the battle, her enemies panic and falter. While Peggy’s health is great then 50%, all enemy abilities cost more AP to execute.
Peggy’s last ability is called Do as Peggy Says and it costs 11 Blue AP. Peggy lands a direct hit with her shield, disabling the enemy team and helping her allies get the drop on their target. Stuns all enemies but the target for three turns and places one countdown blue tile that deals damage for each active ally.
Marvel.com: What covers would you look to max out first? Who would you want to team her up with?
Josh Austin: I would go with 5/3/5. Ultimate Soldier hits hard and costs 9 AP, ignoring defense tiles to deal damage is a great benefit and I like being able to smash an enemy when they think they are safe behind defense tiles. Legendary Presence is great and at level three you are making the enemy require 3 more AP to use an ability while Peggy stays above 50% health. Lastly, Do as Peggy Says can really do a lot of damage especially if you match her with someone that either generates blue tiles or can stun a targeted character to disable the enemy. If you’re able to keep generating blue tiles and use this ability repeatedly the countdown tiles will do a lot of damage while the enemy is constantly getting stunned.
With the power layout above I like teaming Peggy up with Iceman (All-New X-Men) and Nova. Start by using Iceman’s Cold as Ice power to generate blue tiles and drain the enemy of 2 Red AP. Use this to feed into Do as Peggy Says and with her Legendary Presence ability making all the opponents powers cost more they will start hurting. After stunning two enemies, send the remaining enemy into the sky with Nova’s Rocket ability disabling them while they are airborne for three turns.
Marvel.com: And when do we get to recruit this Captain America to our squad?
Josh Austin: Peggy Carter as Captain America is earnable in the Unstable ISO-8 PVE event right now and for an added bonus, this event is double Iso-8! She is then available on June 30 in the Deadpool Vs. “MPQ” PVE event and in the For Victory PVP Tournament starting on Sunday, July 3. We may have another nice surprise up our sleeve for the week, but players will need to go to the game later this week to find out.