Free-to-play MMO ‘Marvel Heroes’ gets first look

MMO giant Gazillion Entertainment has revealed the first official gameplay footage of their free-to-play online game Marvel Heroes.

Hopping on the superhero bandwagon, Gazillion is taking Marvel's 8,000-plus heroes and villains and bringing them together into one epic adventure.  In Marvel Heroes, you can become your favorite Marvel Super Heroes.  The game will include iconic characters like the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and the recently popular Avengers.  Gazillion isn't stopping with just the popular ones; the company announced plans to include some of the lesser known Marvel heroes like Squirrel Girl and Cable. 

Each character is completely customizable, taking costumes from each hero's history and choosing from an array of super powers along with thousands of other items.

“I’ve been a big Marvel fan for all of my life. Marvel Heroes represents the combination of Marvel IP with all of the knowledge and experience I gained creating Diablo. It is a dream come true. I’m excited to unveil Marvel Heroes and share this revolutionary MMO with both gamers and Marvel fans," said David Brevik, President of Gazillion Entertainment and creator of the massive hit games Diablo and Diablo II.

Aside from the impressive roster of Marvel Super Heroes, Gazillin promises that Marvel Heroes will combine the energy of action role playing games with the breadth and immersion of the MMO genre.  This includes social areas like the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning where players can meet up, discover missions, and buy items.  On missions, players will explore famous Marvel landscapes like the Savage Land, Hell's Kitchen, and Mutant Town.

Marvel Heroes marks a new era in gaming for us,” stated TQ Jefferson, Vice President of Games at Marvel. “For fans to actually become their favorite heroes in an original storyline, explore iconic Marvel landscapes and combat some of the most dangerous villains in a shared experience is unbelievably compelling.”

No release date has been announced, but Marvel Heroes will make its public debut at San Diego Comic-Con in July.