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Marvel World of Heroes is Pokémon Go for superheroes

Marvel Go has arrived.

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The creator of Pokémon Go, Niantic, is creating a smartphone augmented reality game based on the Marvel world.

The AR gameplay of Pokémon Go will be combined with superhero tights in Marvel World of Heroes. It will let you to create your own crime-fighting persona to foil crooks in your local (AR) area, as revealed in a brief teaser film.

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The game’s description states that you may “create your own hero, police your neighbourhood to thwart crimes, band up with your friends as well as renowned Marvel characters like Spider-Man, Captain America, and Wolverine to preserve the Multiverse.”

The game is expected to be available for Android and iOS in 2023. the trailer is below.

Marvel Go

Marvel World of Heroes looks to pull from Niantic’s expertise in AR mobile games, but isn’t replicating the pocket monster-catching mega-hit wholesale. lead game designer Neil Melville says the game “gives a lot of flexibility for players to express different body types, gender expressions, and outfit customization”.

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Senior producer Lyza Faylona says the dev team was inspired by MMORPGs and wants to replicate that genre’s expansive feeling. The developers are placing a lot of emphasis on exploration, as well as interacting with the ordinary world with the preternatural powers of a Marvel superhero.

In a change from Pokémon Go, you won’t just be walking around catching critters to launch into battles, but it seems like you’ll do the fighting yourself. The short trailer shows players wielding Thor’s hammer Mjölnir, Cyclops’ laser-shooting eyes, and Doctor Strange’s circular orange energy shields. You’ll also be able to team up with other players, although exactly how co-op battles work hasn’t been detailed.

This is not the first time Niantic has adapted the popular augmented reality gameplay from Pokémon Go to another game. We’ll have to wait and see if World of Heroes gets it to the list of top Android mobile games available; it published pet simulator Peridot earlier this year.

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