Pokémon Go developer Niantic is making an augmented reality mobile game based on the Marvel universe.
Marvel World of Heroes will mix Pokémon Go AR gameplay with the tight spandex of superheroes. announced soon teaser trailer (opens in new tab)it will let you customize your own crime fighting character to stop bad guys in your local neighborhood (AR)
“Create your own hero, patrol your neighborhood to thwart crimes, and team up with your friends as well as iconic Marvel heroes like Spider-Man, Captain America, and Wolverine to save the Multiverse,” reads the game’s description.
The game is scheduled to be released in 2023 for Android and iOS. Watch the trailer below.
Marvel World of Heroes appears to leverage Niantic’s expertise in AR mobile gaming, but it’s not replicating the wholesale pocket monster catching mega-hit. On a blog post (opens in new tab)game designer Neil Melville says the game “gives a lot of flexibility for players to express different body types, gender expressions, and clothing customization.”
Senior producer Lyza Faylona says the development team was inspired by MMORPGs and wants to replicate the expansive feeling of that genre. The developers are putting a lot of emphasis on exploration as well as interacting with the ordinary world with the supernatural powers of a Marvel superhero.
In a change from Pokemon Go, you won’t just be walking around picking up creatures to launch into battles, but it looks like you’ll be doing the fighting yourself. The short trailer shows players wielding Thor’s hammer Mjölnir, Cyclops’ laser-firing eyes, and Doctor Strange’s circular orange energy shields. You’ll also be able to team up with other players, although it hasn’t been detailed exactly how co-op battles work.
World of Heroes will be released “soon”. You can sign up for the beta test on the website game website. (opens in new tab)
This isn’t the first time Niantic has ported Pokémon Go’s hit AR gameplay to another title. It released the Peridot pet simulator earlier this year, though we’ll have to wait and see if World of Heroes makes it to the list of the best Android mobile games out there.