When a fan’s life was nearing the end, Firaxis, 2K and Marvel came together to deliver Marvel’s Midnight Suns to him before he passed away.
When he was 14-years-old, this guy, Luke Wiltshire, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. As his story tells, then last year he found out the news that there were no more curative options available for him and that he would be at end of life care.
After he received the news, he told his family that he had three desires: to have a puppy for his mother to care for while he was gone, to eat a hog roast, and to play Midnight Suns.
Last year, the charity Solving Kids’ Cancer offered to help Wiltshire’s family with anything they might need, after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The only problem was that the release date for the game was still a full year away—they were raising money for clinical trials for rare cancers, and there were no approved drugs at that point.
The post from the charity’s CEO- Gail Jackson- quickly made its way around the internet and eventually reached Marvel’s Midnight Suns publisher 2K’s social team.
2K, Marvel and Firaxis Save The Day For A Fan Wanting To Play Midnight Suns
When 2K, Marvel and Firaxis asked to help with post-launch development, they didn’t have a playable build of the game available. With only a short amount of time to get it ready for Luke, they put staff members on the project “day and night” – which ultimately led to them developing a playable build in just 24 hours.
Asim Tanvir, 2K’s social media manager at the time, volunteered to personally deliver a gaming laptop to the fan in Wiltshire. The moment Tanvir handed him the laptop, he started crying tears of joy.
Bill Rosemann, 2K Games, and Firaxis developers all joined a video call with Wiltshire to speak about the game. Additionally, Wiltshire was able to play and evaluate the first act of the game firsthand.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns. Credit: Firaxis
“2K, Firaxis and Marvel did all of this not for publicity, nor for any credit, or any personal gain. Their focus was about Luke, and him only,” wrote Jackson on the charity’s website. “They did this purely from the purity of heart that drives the very best of humanity. They put all workloads and personal plans aside and worked solidly over that period to achieve what should have been unachievable, on behalf of a complete stranger.”
Three weeks after being rescued, Wiltshire passed away at the age of 23. The legacy he left behind is memorialized in the Marvel game credits and a carving of “Luke W was here” on a tree in Abbey Village. Wiltshire commented that he had been “forever immortalized in Marvel.”