First Look: 'Marvel Heroes' MMO

Gamers seem to have strong feelings about the upcoming MMO, Marvel Heroes. Let’s see if those feelings are strengthened or changed based on this very first look at the game in action. Plus: a complete list of all playable Marvel heroes that we know about so far.

Marvel Heroes is making headlines because: 1) it’s free-to-play, 2) comic scribe Brian Michael Bendis is writing the story, and 3) you get to play as any Marvel hero you want (instead of a new one you create just for the game). Seems like this thing’s been in the making forever (MMOs are probably the most complex games to build), but at long last, here’s our first peak at how it’s looking. It’s embedded above, and even though it’s just a teaser, you do get to see several shots of in-game action. The trailer also gives the first plot point about the game’s storyline, which appears to have something to do with big baddie Dr. Doom possessing the Cosmic Cube (aka the Tesseract).

So what do you think? Does the trailer get you excited for the game, or are you still not sold?

Based on the information currently available, here a list of the known Marvel superheroes who will be playable in the game.

  • Black Widow
  • Cable
  • Cyclops
  • Captain America
  • Colossus
  • Deadpool
  • Emma Frost
  • Iron Man
  • Hulk
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Spider-Man
  • Storm
  • Thing
  • Thor
  • Wolverine

Note that as the official MMO of the Marvel universe, there’s no reason why virtually any of Marvel’s thousands of characters couldn’t be playable — aside from the technical challenge of putting so many differing heroes and power sets into a single game. We’ll have to wait and see how many Gazillion Entertainment and Secret Identity Studios choose to include.

The game’s website also mentions that you’ll be able to customize your hero’s powers, costume, and gear. This is pure speculation, but the “powers” end of that could mean that every player who picks Iron Man, for example, would be given a basic set of armored-suit powers like flight and the repulsor rays in his palms. Then players might be able to acquire other armor powers they can choose to add on, like an EMP blast, a magnetic field emitter, or or the ability to create holographic decoys of himself. The catch being, you can only add so many powers, so you have to be selective.

One of the better bits of fan service the game includes comes from the costumes; Marvel Heroes will let you customize your superhero using a full wardrobe of costumes from your character’s past. So Spider-Man fans could use his usual red-and-blue, or they could pick the black Venom suit, his white Fantastic Four outfit, or maybe even the gold-and-red “Iron Spider” suit.

Oh, and also: you won’t be limited to just one playable hero. You can “collect” as many as you like, and play as any one of them at any time.

My interest has been further piqued by each new bit of information to be released, and I can’t wait until E3, where we’re sure to see and hear lots more.

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