Pokémon Go developer Niantic is making a mobile augmented reality game based on the Marvel universe.
Marvel World of Heroes combines the AR gameplay of Pokémon Go with the tight spandex of superheroes. Announced in a short teaser trailer (opens in new tab)lets you customize your own crime-fighting character to thwart villains in your local (AR) neighborhood
“Create your own hero, patrol your neighborhood to prevent crimes, and team up with your friends and iconic Marvel heroes like Spider-Man, Captain America and Wolverine to save the Multiverse,” the game’s description reads.
The game is set to be released in 2023 for Android and iOS. Watch the trailer below.
Marvel World of Heroes seems to draw on Niantic’s expertise in AR mobile games, but doesn’t replicate the mega-hit wholesale that is monster-catching. In a blog post (opens in new tab)Lead game designer Neil Melville says the game “offers players a lot of flexibility to express different body types, gender expressions and outfit customization”.
Senior producer Lyza Faylona says the dev team was inspired by MMORPGs and aims to replicate the expansive feel of that genre. The developers place great emphasis on exploration and interacting with the ordinary world with the supernatural powers of a Marvel superhero.
In a change from Pokémon Go, not only do you walk around catching critters to launch into battles, but it seems like you’re fighting the battles yourself. The short trailer shows players wearing Thor’s hammer Mjölnir, Cyclops’ laser-shooting eyes and Doctor Strange’s round orange energy shields. You can also team up with other players, although it’s not exactly described how co-op battles work.
World of Heroes will be launched “soon”. You can sign up for the beta test on the game’s website. (opens in new tab)
This certainly isn’t the first time Niantic has transferred the popular AR gameplay from Pokémon Go to another title. It released pet simulator Peridot earlier this year, though we’ll have to wait and see if World of Heroes makes its way onto the list of the best Android mobile games on the market.