The Sentinel of Liberty gets an all-new reimagining as a medieval crusader!
From medieval times to the modern day, Knight America rides into “Marvel: Avengers Alliance”!
To celebrate Captain America’s 75th anniversary, the “Alliance” team huddled up and created their own brand new take on the most classic of characters. We spoke with Associate Producer Tony Sherrill about all to expect from this original hero.
Marvel.com: How did the concept for Knight America come about?
Tony Sherrill: The design team and I sat in a room and bounced ideas off of each other, until everyone agreed on which idea was best. Knight America was almost a truck driver, cruising the endless highways of outer space in a space semi dealing with space problems. Then we heard the pitch for Knight America and we were all on board.
Marvel.com: What cool powers and abilities does he have? What class is he?
Tony Sherrill: Knight America has a several passives: Battle Ready, Land of Opportunity, and Valorous Knight. As a dual class Hero, Battle Ready counts as both an Infiltrator and a Scrapper, gaining the advantages and disadvantages of both classes. Land of Opportunity gives a chance to interrupt incoming enemy attacks, applying Focal Point—Attacks against this target are guaranteed to hit and crit—to the enemy. Valorous Knight applies Valor to Knight America when attacking and when an enemy is defeated. He has some great moves and I love the names the designers came up with for those moves: Sword of Liberty, Shield of Freedom, Spirit of American, and War Stories.
Sword of Liberty is a slashing Vibranium attack that has two special properties: Act of Valor, which deals extra damage for each application of Valor on Knight America, and Determination Attack, which deals more damage according to how high this character’s health is.
Shield of Freedom is single-target Ranged Melee attack. In this attack Knight America throws his shield at the enemy. The shield makes contact delivering damage, and then drops to the ground. Knight America charges toward the enemy with a shoulder tackle, then picks up his shield and follows up with a shield bash, followed by two more quick shield bashes. This attack applies Off-balance—Removes and prevents Counter-Attack effects—Cornered—Removes and prevents Protect effects—and Focal Point to the enemy.
Spirit of America is a team buff that applies Blessing—increases the effect of healing received—Recuperation—Restoring stamina every turn—and Soulstice. Soulstice gives all allies a chance to join in on single-target attacks, retaliate when an ally is hit by single-target attacks, plus increases Accuracy, Attack, Defense, and Evasion.
War Stories is my favorite ability of his. In this move Knight America kneels before a bonfire giving all allies a buff. This buff will Heal, Remove Debuffs, and apply Inspiration for one round. Inspiration makes all Buff Action Cooldowns reduce to 0.
Marvel.com: How does Knight America compare to Captain America in his various costumes?
Tony Sherrill: They both are loyal, selfless, and more importantly they have the morals and beliefs of what is right and wrong and the courage to act on it. They both set out to encourage others to work together and fight for what they believe in and what they believe in is American greatness.
Marvel.com: What types of challenges will Knight America be the most effective against?
Tony Sherrill: As a dual class hero with interrupts, counters and two team buffs, including team debuffs and heals, I’d say Knight America would be great for any challenge.
Marvel.com: How do you earn Knight America?
Tony Sherrill: Knight America will be available through a covert task. Players that complete the small quest chain will unlock him. This will be playable for a limited time.
Marvel.com: What was it like adding the first original character to the game? Is this something you’d like to do more often?
Tony Sherrill: This was a great opportunity that we owe Marvel a big thanks for. Creating and building our own original character was great for morale and we would absolutely love to do it again. Maybe we can make that space trucker after all.
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