NetEase and Marvel Games are building a new team shooter called Marvel Rivals, with closed alpha in May


The lack of Marvel in the MMO space has always seemed kind of weird, especially given the vacuum left by the beloved Marvel Heroes, and I’m afraid today’s announcement isn’t going to fill it either – but it does put Marvel back in our orbit again. NetEase and Marvel Games have announced today that they’re developing a “free-to-play, superhero team-based PvP shooter” called Marvel Rivals. Just say it out loud a few times fast. We dare you.

“Set within an expansive and ever-evolving Marvel Universe, this game invites players to form unparalleled teams of their favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains, engaging in intense 6v6 third-person battles. […] Marvel Rivals offers limitless strategic possibilities and dynamic gameplay. Players will explore new worlds and challenges, where familiar faces become newfound foes while former enemies become the greatest of allies. The trailer showcases the game’s current roster, with the following Super Heroes and Super Villains on display: Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Groot, Hulk, Iron Man, Loki, Luna Snow, Magik, Magneto. Mantis, Namor, Peni Parker, Rocket Raccoon, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, Storm, Star-Lord and The Punisher.”

Playtest signups are already live through the official site, with closed alpha set for May.

This isn’t NetEase’s first go-round with Marvel, of course; it’s also a key investor behind Marvel Snap. The companies say the game is “in development for PC by a NetEase team composed of global talent who previously worked on hit franchises such as Call of Duty and Battlefield.”

So sayeth the press release:

Marvel Rivals will feature the following:

A Deep and Varied Marvel Roster: Choose from a vast array of fan-favorite and cult-classic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from across the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, and many more from across the Marvel Multiverse. With the Alpha Test in May, players will have access to more than a dozen playable Super Heroes and Super Villains, including iconic characters such as Black Panther, Spider-Man, Magneto, and Magik.

Fast and Fun 6v6 Action with Ever-Changing Game Dynamics: With intricate environments, fast-paced gameplay, and ever-changing battlefields, there’s never a dull moment in Marvel Rivals! Battle as Super Heroes and Super Villains with incredible abilities and combine your powers to bring unexpected fun to the battlefield in a matter of seconds.

Dynamic Hero Synergy: Coordinate unique combinations between characters to ignite surprising Team-Up Skills! Unleash the synergy of combined superpowers and invent new tactics that can turn the tide of combat. Ride on Groot’s back as Rocket Raccoon to take on your enemies as a dangerous duo, unleash Gamma energy as Hulk to charge Iron Man’s armor for massive damage, and so much more!

Creative Environment Destruction: Tear your way through iconic Marvel worlds across destructible environments! From Asgard to the Tokyo of 2099, use superpowers to alter these environments, reshape the terrain, and craft a strategic advantage on the battlefield. Take cover to dodge attacks or use makeshift weapons to strike down enemies. Players will find countless ways to utilize the environment to claim victory!

Continually Evolving Universe and Robust Post-Launch Updates: The Marvel Multiverse brings infinite possibilities! Each seasonal drop will introduce new Super Heroes to the battlefield along with challenging and diverse maps! Unlock new content to implement across various gameplay strategies while experiencing thrilling action and endless possibilities in these adventurous team battles!

Marvel Rivals features a storyline crafted by the NetEase writing team where the merciless clash between the tyrannical dictator Doctor Doom and his future counterpart from the year 2099 has forced countless universes to collide in the Timestream Entanglement, creating new worlds and crises still unknown. Now, Super Heroes and Super Villains from across the multiverse must fight together and against one another as disparate groups seek to defeat both Dooms before one achieves domination of these realities. Familiar faces become newfound foes while former enemies become the greatest of allies in Marvel Rivals!

Source: Press release, official site
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