Save or Conquer the World in G.I. Joe: War on Cobra

The G.I. Joe mobile game uses a deck-building system that lets you build a team with characters and vehicles spanning the entire franchise.
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D3 Go!, Emerald City Games, and Hasbro have teamed up to create a brand-new G.I. Joe game launching for Android and iOS devices on January 20. It’s titled G.I. Joe: War on Cobra and is essentially a love letter to the franchise, both the 1980s animated series and the classic action figure lines.

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Players will build card decks featuring Hero, Vehicle, Command, and Troop cards. These cards represent characters and vehicles spanning the entire G.I. Joe line, both the Joes (good guys) and Cobra (villains). Each side has buildings and units unique to it as well.

Some of the units you can expect to find include:

G.I. Joe Heroes
  • Duke
  • Scarlett
  • Roadblock
  • Snake Eyes
Cobra Villains
  • Cobra Commander
  • Baroness
  • Destro
  • Storm Shadow
G.I. Joe Vehicles
  • Killer W.H.A.L.E.
  • V.A.M.P.
Cobra Vehicles
  • Piranha
  • Stinger

The goal is to complete missions or engage in PvP battles to defend your base and attack your opponents using your chosen team. These battles unfold strategically, requiring careful deployment and fast reactions when trouble arises. And trouble will arise, on land, in the sea, and from the air, forcing you to make good use of special defenses like mines, turrets, and troop depots.

The game’s PvP element will include an online ranking system, though it’s not certain yet whether ranks come with rewards or if they’re just for prestige.

It’s also unclear what role, if any, microtransactions will play in G.I. Joe: War on Cobra, but given the nature of the game and its card system, we can probably expect to see at least a few special units locked behind paywalls.

Card building strategy games seem to be the order of the day for famous franchises of late. Lego’s Star Wars Battles also launches this year and employs a very similar premise as War on Cobra.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more G.I. Joe: War on Cobra news as it deploys.

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Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.