Marvel Games confirms that it has multiple virtual reality games in development. There are already several games based on Marvel properties in development, including fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite as well as Insomniac Games’ yet untitled Spider-Man game.
In a recent interview, Jay Ong, Marvel‘s senior vice president of games and innovation, revealed that fans should “absolutely expect some announcements in VR,” adding that it’s “something [Marvel Games is] really excited about.” Ong added that “I think our fans are going to go crazy. The things we’re doing there are absolutely amazing.”
Moreover, Ong said that Marvel sees VR “in the same way we see the other platforms in terms of if you want to do something, you need to do something truly amazing.” The executive also said that the company has an “almost irrational ambition,” and that “it shouldn’t be just for the novelty of it. It should be something that defines the platform, that defines the experience.”
Unfortunately, Ong didn’t disclose which Marvel properties may make the jump to virtual reality and whether they would be full games or more brief, virtual reality game experiences. However, one obvious place where VR content could fit is the Marvel’s Avengers partnership with Square Enix.
No games have officially been announced yet but the project is described as a series that will include multiple games released over multiple years, meaning that VR could feature in any of these titles. From throwing Captain America’s shield in first-person, to swinging through the city as Spider-Man, there are a lot of possibilities that are sure to fit the ‘amazing’ descriptor that Ong used so freely during the interview.
Even without proper details about the company’s VR plans, many VR gaming supporters will be glad to hear how seriously Marvel is taking this. While properties like Batman: Arkham VR have helped to sell virtual reality headsets and Fallout 4 VR could be a ground-breaking game as well, the virtual reality market will need more of these high profile games in order to be a longstanding success. Few franchises have a draw like Marvel, which has dozens of well-loved characters and teams to choose from, and VR games based on these could really prove to be a headset seller.