First ‘Marvel Heroes’ Trailer Looks Happily Familiar

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Just about a year ago, Marvel announced that a new Marvel MMO was in development, bringing back an idea first started with the scrapped Marvel Universe Online years prior. Few details were revealed at the time for the now-renamed Marvel Heroes outside of the fact that it would be free-to-play for PC and that it was being developed by Secret Identity Studios is teaming with Gazillion Entertainment off a story by Brian Michael Bendis.

From the get-go, Marvel stated that it would launch with more characters than any other Marvel game but Secret Identity kept true their name and refused to share any details about actual gameplay. Would it compete with traditional MMOs and offer something similar to DC Universe Online? Or would it embrace something different, perhaps gameplay similar to the beloved X-Men Legends and Marvel Ultimate Alliance titles?

After the first in-game assets of some of the key characters like Spider-Man, Cable, Wolverine and Deadpool released, reaction was somewhat mixed. The characters embraced exaggerated, almost cartoonish proportions so any hopes of a gritty or realistic game with a serious tone were thrown out the door. These images did not speak to gameplay however so we remained cautiously optimistic since they were keeping true the Marvel Comics source material and it is a game that lets players play as their favorite superheroes.

Today, Secret Identity has unveiled the first Marvel Heroes details and trailer, revealing the game to similar in style to that of Diablo, fitting considered that David Brevik – one of the creators of Diablo is behind it.

Drawing upon the 8,000-plus heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe, Marvel Heroes allows players to become their favorite Marvel Super Heroes — from the popular Iron Man, Thor, Storm and Black Widow to the lesser known Squirrel Girl and Cable. Fans will be able to completely customize their characters by constructing costumes taken from each hero’s rich history, choosing from a huge array of super powers for each character, and finding thousands of other items. There are countless ways for players to tailor their experience.

In the game’s social areas, including Midtown Manhattan and the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, players can meet up with other players, discover missions, and buy items from legendary Marvel characters. While pursuing missions, players will explore such famous Marvel landscapes as the Savage Land, Hell’s Kitchen and Mutant Town.

The gameplay featured in the trailer above is rather stuttered and disjointed but from the brief glimpses of action, it appears to be the successor of sorts to the Marvel Ultimate Alliance cooperative console games we loved back in the day. If the game’s RPG elements and its gameplay mechanics are deep and not repetitive, we at Game Rant might find ourselves this quite a bit.

Marvel Heroes Trailer

From the sounds of it, players will be subject to and “endless” amount of loot to further customize their characters and they progress through countless randomized dungeons which hints at some of the best parts of the Diablo series so if the game is anything like that, we’re excited.

We now wonder how the social areas work if players can play as Marvel heroes. Does this mean we can see a bunch of Iron Men running around? How big can player parties be and is it really an “MMO”? Recently confirmed characters include Black Widow and Ms. Marvel and we expect many, many more to show up in the coming months.

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TAGS: Gazillion, Marvel, Marvel Heroes, PC, Secret Identity Studios

  • scarpreston

    i ll buy if frank castle is in this one aand y not maverick or cable


    Kinda looks like X-Men Legends for the original xbox and ps2 O_o i played that when it first came out i think i was 9 or 10 o_o

  • The mighty avenger

    Any word on ps3?

    Also release date. Def interested.

  • lolwhut13375

    Meh. I don’t really fancy another Diablo clone, especially not if it is based upon Marvel. I’d much rather have an actual console Ultimate Alliance 3.

    If I wanted Diablo, I would buy Diablo. However, I have completed every Marvel beat-em-up game since X-Men 1 on Xbox twice on max difficulty! I want Ultimate Alliance 3!

  • Kholdstare89

    This looks great, but I want to play as either Nova or Wiccan. Either would work for me. :)

    • Jon B

      Nova was confirmed as a playable character in the livechat from last year.

      • Kholdstare89

        Yessss. This’ll be the only place I can get classic Nova besides from a game company I refuse to buy from. >_> As long as it isn’t Loeb-Nova.

  • Jon B

    I hate when people question if this is an “mmo”. MMO means “massively multiplayer online [game]”. So yes, it will be. I know we haven’t forgotten what the MMO stands for, but people tend to lump the WoW clones into that and dismiss the fact that, hey, Modern Warfare is an MMO. So is Battlefield 3, and by definition, even old games like Unreal Tournament and Jedi Knight 3. This is a massively multiplayer online game with a gameplay style very similar to Ultimate Alliance and X-Men Legends. Now, who DOESN’T want that? I am positive this game will be amazing and blow everyone away.

  • mongoose

    Guess I’m a bit confused. I get to play a well known character but yet I get to completely customize their powers? So does this mean I will be able to give Hulk wings or have Spider-Man casting a magic spell if I want? Seems kind of contrary to what the chosen hero is if I can do that.

    Also not getting the costume thing. So my only options are choosing from different versions of a characters costume they have worn over the years? Forgive me but that sounds a bit lame and I have little desire to be running a particular scenario with 3-5 Spider-Men or a full group of Captain America’s. If they are going to potentially have vastly different powers then why not just allow people the choice of making a unique hero if they desire (like CoH or CO)? At least this way if someone chooses to look like Wolverine they won’t get flagged and forced to change their costume.

    • Jon B

      I have a feeling the gameplay is going to be instanced. So you’ll go in and be joined with other people who queued into the same instance. You’ll probably enter a quick lobby to choose your character. At this selection screen, I imagine something like League of Legends, where the characters are first come first served. So if you want to be Wolverine on the instance, you have to select him and toggle “ready” before anyone else. Then everyone has to be someone different. So when everyone is ready, you enter the instance and you got a 4 man team with Wolverine, Iron Man, Spiderman, and Captain America.

      • mongoose

        That’s not how I’m reading it. They are talking about customization, leveling and gear but picking a character every instance would have none of that.

        At this stage in MMO evolution, if I am not able to play the character I want then what exactly is the point?

        • The Avenger

          Mongoose, IGN did an article where they pretty much address all your questions (like the customization, characters you play as, upgrades, etc). It’s pretty long, but if you’re interested in the game, give it a read:

          • mongoose

            Yes, unfortunately it does. Guess I could have done some googling to find out myself but it didn’t occur to me. 😛

            So bullet points:

            – It’s more like Diablo than anything else
            – You collect characters (Pokemon…gotta catch em’ all)
            – Powers are only customizable within that characters defined set.
            – Outfits are crafted and are not tied to stats.
            – Items have no effect on character look (ala CO).
            – And indeed you can have entire groups made up of the same exact characters (although the powers you slot might not be the ones the other “Spider-Men” have chosen.)

            So it’s not really soundly like something I’m not all that excited about it and have to wonder where the micro-transactions will come into play. Only the best outfits cost money? The best/coolest powers? Maybe some of the best characters are pay to have?

            This might appeal to some but just not me.

    • Rob Keyes

      I think the customization of powers is through a list of powers specific to that character. I’m don’t think (and hope not) that you can have Hulk shooting Cyclops eye blasts at people, lol.

      • mongoose

        (read my reply to Avenger’s post just above yours 😉 )

  • The Avenger

    I’m liking what I’m hearing so far… it sounds different from your run of the mill MMO game.
    I don’t think people should be complaining though (seeing as it’ll be free to play)

    I’ve also heard a few rumors that this game will indeed be available on PS3 as well, along with X-Box360 and PC (at least, that’s what IGN is saying). I’m hoping so because my PC can’t run ANYTHING! 😉 and I only own a PS3.