Fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Action-MMORPG Marvel Heroes and at the PAX East panel many details were revealed about the game which is written by Brian Michael Bendis and developed by Gazillion Entertainment.
For those who aren’t familiar, Marvel Heroes is an isometric Action MMORPG that features randomly generated zones that are massive. At launch there will be twenty-two playable Marvel characters, special event missions, and costumes from the classic comics up to the costumes worn in the latest Marvel movies including Iron Man 3. The full roster for Marvel Heroes is : Black Panther, Black Widow, Cable, Captain America, Colossus, Cyclops, Daredevil, Deadpool, Emma Frost, Hawkeye, Hulk, Human Torch, Iron Man, Jean Grey, Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel, Nova, Punisher, Rocket Raccoon, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, Squirrel Girl, Storm, Thing, Thor, and Wolverine.
The panel announced some of the voice cast and many of them had voiced the same characters that they’re voicing in the game in past animated series such as Steve Blum as Wolverine and Fred Tatasciore as The Hulk. Ultimate Spider-Man’s Drake Bell will be Spider-Man (apparently the crowd wasn’t happy about that but cheered when it was revealed that Christopher Barns from the 90s Spider-Man series will be voicing the special preorder Symbiote costume Spider-Man). More casting announcements included Scott Porter as Cyclops, Keith David as Nick Fury, Lex Lang as Doctor Doom, April Stewart as Jean Grey, Chris Cox as Hawkeye and Colossus, David Boat as The Thing, and gaming VO mainstay Nolan North as Deadpool (and Pirate Deadpool!).
At launch each character will have five costumes-some of which can be bought with real money and some of which will only drop as rare loot. The panel announced that on the Marvel Heroes website, there is a poll to decide The Hulk’s last launch costume: White Tux Mr. Fix-It, Age of X Hulk, Hulk as War of the Horsemen of Apocalypse or ‘Tibetan’ Ultimate Hulk. Personally I’m going with the White Tux Mr. Fix-It look. The Hulk can smash and look stylish at the same time.
Alright so we’ve got the voice actors, who the playable characters are and the costumes. Now for the game play itself. The panel also announced plans for PvP. It’ll be available at launch with account-based factions in specially designated PvP only zones. PvP will also have a story based element to tie it back to the main game. Experience will even transfer between PvP and PvE, but individual hero powers will be tweaked to balance the experience.
In Endgame play (crafting and looting) each hero has a special Ultimate power which aids them in competing special team-based challenges that arrive for high level characters. Ultimate Powers are only upgradeable by locating the hero-unlocking tokens for characters you have already unlocked to encourage more looting and raiding.
There are three digital founders packs-Starter ($20), Premium ($60), and Ultimate ($200).Each pack offers a character with exclusive costumes and XP boosts as well as bonus in-game funds packaged in. The Ultimate Edition gives you all starting game content-characters, costumes, exclusive costumes and permanent boosts. Everything. The panel reiterated that the only way to guarantee that you get the launch character you want is to buy it pre-launch and they announced the release dates: May 28, 2013 for Ultimate, May 31, 2013 for Premium, and June 2, 2013 for Standard. If you have no cash or don’t want to spend your cash, the general free-to-play release date is June 4, 2013. The game will ship playable on PC and Mac OS was also confirmed for post-launch release but no exact timetable was given.
So there you have it folks, all you need to know about the upcoming Marvel Heroes game. While you await its release enjoy the new “Villains” trailer follows below. Also tell me your thoughts about the news from the PAX East panel.