‘Marvel Powers United VR,’ Hands-On
Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Do you imagine slicing your enemies to shreds with adamantium claws, or crushing them with a mythical hammer, or blasting them away with optic lasers? We do! Unfortunately, none of us are speedsters, super soldiers, or billionaire-playboy-philanthropists (at least, not that we know of). The next best solution might just be Marvel Powers United VR, which we tried out this past weekend during Disney’s D23 Expo.
Marvel Powers United VR is being published by Oculus and developed by Sanzaru Games, the studio behind Ripcoil. Development started about a year ago; with superhero flicks dominating both the big and small screen, Oculus decided that it wanted to develop a big superhero game. At around the same time, Marvel—having already gotten its hands in PC, console, and mobile gaming—decided to tackle VR. Oculus introduced Marvel to Sanzaru Games, and the rest is history.
Marvel Powers United VR throws you into a conflict against the Super Villains, who have gained possession of a Cosmic Cube. Their manipulation of the Cube is causing the very fabric of reality to tear apart, and it’s up to Marvel’s roster of heroes to stop them. The exact number of planned heroes hasn’t been revealed yet, but there will be at least a dozen at launch. So far, four have been confirmed: Captain Marvel, Rocket, The Hulk, and Deadpool.