Oculus announces the first ever Marvel-based VR game, entitled Marvel Powers United VR, during the Marvel Games panel at D23 Expo 2017. Between the MCU's continued box office dominance, the various Defenders-verse series in many ways serving as the crown jewels of Netflix's original programming lineup, and plenty of successful Marvel-based video games on the market and coming soon, it feels safe to say that Marvel currently sits at or near the top of the pop culture world. The many big announcements and reveals coming out of today's D23 Expo are only serving to add fuel to that fire.
One area of entertainment in which Marvel has yet to stake its claim though is the realm of virtual reality, which is actually a tad surprising. The idea of experiencing a VR version of the Marvel universe is one sure to appeal to many fans, as really, who wouldn't want to escape a particularly boring day in the real world by going web-slinging as Spider-Man or embarking on an epic smashing rampage as The Incredible Hulk?
Well, per yet another big announcement to come out of D23 today, fans will soon get the chance to interact with their favorite Marvel heroes and villains in a fully VR environment via the Oculus Rift exclusive game Marvel Powers United VR. A co-op multiplayer title, Marvel Powers United VR, allows up to four players to pick from one of over a dozen playable Marvel characters, and team up to battle with dastardly villains and complete missions, all while competing to see who can rack up the highest score. The game will release in 2018, although an exact date has yet to be specified.
For those who just can't wait until 2018 to try out Marvel Powers United VR, attendees of San Diego Comic-Con will get the opportunity to give the game a test run during the show next week. Thus tallies up another reason for those who can't attend SDCC to be insanely jealous of those who'll be going to the event.
As far as playable characters go, Oculus has yet to reveal a full list, although the company did release a short trailer for the game - embedded above - which confirms Hulk, Captain Marvel, and Rocket Racoon as being among the list of heroes that players can choose from. Lockjaw also makes a cameo appearance near the end of the trailer, although it's unclear whether the Inhumans' resident giant pooch will be playable or not.
Marvel Powers United VR comes to Oculus Rift in 2018.