Comic-Con 2011: Marvel Announces New F2P MMO “Marvel Universe Online”
More news from Comic-Con today. Our indefatigable GameFront reporters checked in at the Marvel panel, and were not disappointed. The comics behemoth is fresh off the release of Captain American and its video-game tie-in (check out our Super Soldier walkthrough and review round-up). Not content to rest on its laurels, however, Marvel made a huge announcement: They’re working on a free-to-play MMO called “Marvel Universe Online,” to be released sometime in the distant future.
According to today’s panel, the game will allow players to play as classic Marvel heroes. Not sure how that’s going to work, exactly — one imagines an entire raiding group full of Wolverines — but the developers have plenty of time to figure it out. Playable characters announced so far? Deadpool, Squirrel Girl, Spiderman, Captain America, Wolverine, and Iron Man. Stay tuned for updates on that front when Marvel announce more.
On a slightly different note, the panelists discussed Marvel Pinball, which will have four new tables this winter. Also on the docket was Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom, which was announced towards the beginning of this year’s Comic-Con. New revelations today concerned the inclusion of Ghost Rider (who can use his “Penance Stare”) and Hawkeye (who can fire Antman at enemies on the tips of his arrows). All of this is overshadowed, however, by the news that Marvel has thrown its hat in the ring to compete with DC Universe Online and the venerable City of Heroes. Who will emerge victorious in the superhero MMO market? Only time will tell.