PAX East 2020: Marvel Future Revolution is Netmarble’s new open-world mobile MMO

    
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Yesterday at their panel at PAX East 2020, Marvel and Netmarble announced a new mobile open world online RPG, Marvel Future Revolution. Ahead of the reveal, we met with representatives from Netmarble America and Marvel Games to talk about what we can expect from this new game.

You may remember that Netmarble and Marvel have worked together before on a game called Marvel Future Fight, an isometric RPG with some social and multiplayer elements. Marvel Future Revolution is a spinoff of this game, but unlike Future Fight, which is more of an isometric action RPG, Future Revolution is much more of an MMORPG on your phone. The devs described several open world zones where players can see and interact with other players, and the camera will be third person chase-cam, with a control scheme mimicking that of more traditional MMOs.

By the way, if you are a Future Fight fan and are worried about the continued development of that game, the team was quick to assure me that it was not going anywhere. The studio reps said they will be continuing development on both games separately and side-by-side, and in fact they just got done planning out the next year or more of production.

The team was particularly proud of the graphics in Marvel Future Revolution, which the devs feel are “console quality” on a mobile device. They said that they are always looking to push the limits of what is possible on a mobile device, and it certainly shows! I am told that the videos provided to us are captured in-engine using game assets, and I must admit that it certainly looks impressive given the technical limitations inherent in phones and tablets.

The story of Marvel Future Revolution revolves around an event called the Convergence, where multiple parallel universes have begun to collide with each other, creating strange and interesting new worlds for the player to explore. The player’s chosen hero will be a newly recruited member of the Omega Flight, which is sort of like a multi-universal Avengers, the last hope for the universe’s survival.

The playable heroes that make up Omega Flight include Captain Marvel, Captain America, Peter Parker’s Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange. Netmarble was only ready to reveal these four heroes and was not ready to talk about any upcoming characters, or the final number of heroes available at launch. Rest assured, though, that as the game continues to expand and evolve, more heroes will become playable.

Locales in this newly converged universe that Netmarble showcased include Sakaar, the barren wasteland planet and setting of the widely popular Planet Hulk arc (which MCU fans will remember as part of Thor: Ragnarok); New Stark City, a high-tech, futuristic city from a world where Tony Stark’s technology reigns supreme; and finally Xandearth, a fusion of Earth and Xandar, the home of the cosmic space police force, Nova Corps. It sounds like Netmarble will have no shortage of fun new twists on settings familiar to Marvel fans old and new, from across all kinds of Marvel media.

Not only will players be able to explore a variety of zones from locations throughout the Marvel multiverse, but they’ll be able to customize their characters to match a variety of different realities. The footage I saw included hero variants from the comic books, such as Spider-Punk and Hydra Captain America. It also included outfits themed around the exotic locales of Future Revolution, including gladiator outfits for Spidey, Doctor Strange, and Starktech outfits for Captains America and Marvel. Beyond simply reskinning characters, players are able to customize certain dyes and textures on their character. The team explained that, since players will all be playing as existing characters from around the Marvel universe, they wanted each player to feel unique and distinct within the game world. The exact method of unlocking these customization options is apparently something that Netmarble is not ready to discuss at this time, so stay tuned for more information on that.

The team also wanted to convey the idea that this game was for anyone, casual gamers, hardcore RPG gamers, long-time comic fans, or someone who is entering the multiverse for the first time. Netmarble wants to include references to delight fans from across the entire spectrum of Marvel multimedia, including references reaching as far back as the silver age to as recently as last year’s Red Goblin, who is confirmed as a villain you face in the game. The scenario writer for Future Fight, Marc Sumerak, has been with Marvel for over 20 years, so it seems like the IP is in good hands.

I asked if they had any idea on a launch window for the game, and the only answer I was met with was “Stay tuned, true believers!” Also, because I know our readers will inevitably ask, I inquired about the possibility of a PC or console port. The studios told me that they never rule anything out but that Netmarble believes in the power of the mobile platform and are focusing on that at this time. But if you are interested in a superhero MMO experience you can fit in your pocket, you will definitely want to keep an eye on Marvel Future Revolution!

Massively Overpowered was on the ground in Boston for PAX East 2020, bringing you expert MMO coverage on everything (and everyone!) on display at the latest Penny Arcade Expo!

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

i dumped enough money into marvel heroes to know that none of these games will be around long enough for me to enjoy long term. i bought all those costumes already and POOF! they shut off the marvel heroes servers.

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Mewmew

Netmarble also has Marvel Contest of Champions, I believe that it’s their highest earning game that they have right now. It’s a character draw fighter game like a Mortal Combat type fighting game with big pay to win elements.

They really are enjoying the profits they get from Marvel stuff, so I get them wanting to do more.

It’s rare I’m excited about playing something on mobile, but this looks fairly decent and I can’t wait to try it out one day in the future. In the Marvel Future. In the Marvel Future Revolution. (rofl, sorry I had to do that).

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mysecretid

I’ve mentioned on Massively before that there’s a free-to-download-and-use program called Bluestacks, which will allow you to play mobile games on your PC desktop like a regular game, in full screen, using mouse and keyboard controls (and /or a joystick, depending on the game).

The program is up to version 4.x as I type this, and it’s very slick — it’s not some shoddy low-end thing somebody slammed together in their basement. Also, it’s legal. It doesn’t steal anything, it merely allows you to play mobile games on a proper screen, with proper controls.

If you want ,more information, or feel like downloading the program to give it a spin, go to Bluestacks.com

This has been a Gamer Public-Service Announcement. :-D

Cheers,

Secret

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mysecretid

P.S. Netmarble’s previous Marvel-themed mobile game — Marvel Future Fight — is available through Bluestacks for PC as I type this.

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Mewmew

There isn’t just Bluestacks, there are Android emulators for PC that a lot of people like better such as Nox, MEmu and a number of others.

Netease themselves have released an emulator too called MuMu for people to play their Android stuff on PC. They specifically make sure it does their own stuff well as that’s the whole purpose of it, so for games like this maybe that would be what people would want to look into.

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mysecretid

I posted what I know works, as did you.

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Jarette Domongatt

PC Master Race.

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mysecretid

Me? Not at all. But I do like to game on a larger screen than most phones can provide. It’s just an “ease of use” thing. No mastery here. :-)

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hachibushu

I played Marvel Heroes, and as long as this is similarly real-time and not some bastardization of it, I’ll probably try it.

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James Crow

I liked marvel heroes and I would happy to play game like that again but sorry… Mobile is not for me

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Mewmew

Netease has their own Android emulator for PC so that people who want to play their Android titles on PC can do so. It’s not the only option available, but I’m guessing it would be a fairly solid one for their own titles.

It’s called MuMu (not to be confused with MEmu, which is another Android emulator).

It’s an official NetEase product for playing their Android stuff on PC, so I don’t see any reason why I can’t link it:

https://www.mumuglobal.com/

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Vitor Braz

After playing Dragon Raja and Black Desert Mobile, why not? Perhaps this is the time for good mobile MMORPGs to show up.

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Tuor of Gondolin

“Mobile MMO.” LOL.

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Natalyia

Mobile phones are tremendously more capable computers than MMOs have existed on for most of the lifetime of “MMOs”.

That they’re run on a smaller screen with a different control scheme presents challenges, and the predatory business model many mobile titles embrace is a concern, but neither of those things makes the very idea of a “Mobile MMO” implausible.

They’re a powerful computer with great graphics and an always-on, available-anywhere network connection. If someone can do it right, there’s no reason to believe one couldn’t be fantastic.

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Tuor of Gondolin

That might be true for you, but not for me. There will NEVER be a mobile “MMO” that I would find acceptable, let alone want to play. The interface is tiny, and I didn’t grow up texting on cell phones. I find even consoles to be restrictive when it comes to MMOs (though they’re better for some kinds of games). But the idea of playing an MMO on a mobile device is ludicrous to me. It’s not even worthy of serious discussion, though this one time I felt obliged to be at least a little serious in my response.

Mobile devices may have high processing speed (relative to old computers), but their tiny screens and lack of a proper interface is fatal to creating a competent MMO experience, at least for me. If you’re happy with them, then more power to you, but you’ll never convince me that they’re anything but a joke, regardless of how lucrative they are for the companies that make them.

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Kurt Shadle

I was so excited when I saw this headline and then I saw I missed the word “mobile.” I don’t begrudge those that like to play on their phones but that’s not for me.