Hey there, Marvel/video game fans! Today I wanted to tell you about the game I have the pleasure of working on for the past 4+ years. The game is called Marvel Heroes 2016 and I am the Lead Animator on the project.
Before I begin, here’s a trailer showcasing some of the elements of the game:
Marvel Heroes is an ARPG (which stands for Action Role-Playing Game) set in the Marvel Universe. Think Diablo in terms of gameplay. It was founded by one of the original Diablo creators, David Brevik, which explains a lot about its current aesthetic and mechanics. The gameplay features crafting, gear upgrades, achievements, etc. – all that’s expected in a traditional ARPG but also, RAIDS! You and a group of your friends can ban together and take on more challenging scenarios with better loot rewards. Our latest raid has you eventually battling this dude:
As a player, you get to take control of a number of Marvel characters and kick, punch, repulsor blast, etc. Marvel villains and enemies to your heart’s content. Currently, we boast a roster of 57 playable characters:
|Black Panther||Invisible Woman|
|Black Widow||Iron Fist|
|Captain America||Jean Grey|
|Emma Frost||Mr Fantastic|
|Squirrel Girl||War Machine|
|Star Lord||Winter Soldier|
Whew! Annnnnnnd we have plans to add Nick Fury, Ultron, Angela and Black Bolt!
Additionally, we have non-playable Team-Up characters that you can choose to have fight alongside you. These include:
Wait, but there are some playable characters on that list, does that mean I can play as Wolverine and have Wolverine as a team up? Yes….. yes it does… =)
Another great thing about the game is that we’re closely tied to what’s happening in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). From featuring Daredevil’s Netflix costume to adding in events directly inspired by the movies, we are constantly adding gameplay that allows you to relive and play through iconic battles. Over the years, we’ve had many events that coincided with the Marvel movies. Our latest is a gameplay mode mirroring the events in Captain America: Civil War. In it, you choose a side (either pro or anti registration) and get to fight the opposing side in an airport environment. Below is a little snippet of the action:
As Lead Animator, it’s always fun to be able to take what I see on the big screen and make it playable for our fans. Many character moves are directly inspired by their cinematic counterpart. Cap has an overhead spin kick taken from his fight with Batroc in The Winter Soldier and Iron Man has his “one-off” laser power taken from Iron Man 2:
Oh and the best part? It’s all Free-to-play! Yup! You can download the client RIGHT NOW and start playing immediately!
So what are you waiting for?!?!?! Download it now and give it a shot!