Marvel Powers United VR: Everything you need to know

Sanzaru Games, creators of other popular VR titles like Ripcoil and VR Sports Challenge, is bringing a Marvel-themed superhero game to Oculus Rift. Whether or not you're a fan of the Marvel universe, there's no doubt a lot to look forward to; here's everything we know so far.

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What's new with Marvel Powers United VR?

In an Oculus blog post published July 19, 2018, a Marvel Powers United VR launch trailer was unveiled to coincide with a presentation at San Diego Comic-Con. This trailer features some new playable characters, and we now have a full list of heroes and villains making an appearance in the game, including Thanos, Wolverine, Storm, and Spider-Man.

A new Oculus Rift bundle was also unveiled, containing a special edition headset, Touch controllers, sensors, and Marvel Powers United VR. The bundle will cost about $399 and is expected to be released July 31 at major retailers.

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How do I get Marvel Powers United VR?

Marvel Powers United VR is expected to launch July 26, 2018 exclusively on the Oculus Store. Expect to pay about $40.

What is Marvel Powers United VR?

Have you always wanted to wield Thor's hammer? Crack jokes like Deadpool? Smash concrete and steel with ease like The Hulk? Now you can, and it's all in VR. Take a first-person seat behind the eyes of your favorite Marvel characters as you battle it out in familiar locations.

You can go solo or you can team up with friends, and the bevy of playable characters means you can choose a playstyle that suits you best. Go slow and strong with The Hulk, throwing people around, or zip across the map as Deadpool for a first-person shooter (FPS) experience.

The main nut of gameplay has you and your team defending a main objective, with secondary objectives popping up throughout. Each round takes place in a Marvel location that fans will immediately recognize, and the number of extra unlockables and goodies will provide players with customization options to keep their squad original.

What playable characters are in Marvel Powers United VR?

We now know of all 27 playable heroes and villains in Marvel Powers United VR. For heroes, we have:

  • Black Bolt
  • Black Panther
  • Black Widow
  • Captain America
  • Captain Marvel
  • Crystal
  • Deadpool
  • Doctor Strange
  • Gamora
  • Hawkeye
  • Iceman
  • Rocket Racoon
  • Spider-Man
  • Star-Lord
  • Storm
  • The Hulk
  • Thor
  • Wolverine

For villains, we have:

  • Dormammu
  • Loki
  • Madame Hydra
  • Magneto
  • Scientist Supreme
  • Ronan the Accuser
  • Thanos
  • Ultron
  • Venom

Be sure to check out the Oculus website for more information about playable characters.

What are VR mechanics like in Marvel Powers United VR?

Thanks to VR, you're getting a front row seat behind the eyes of your favorite Marvel characters. Gameplay mechanics will no doubt change depending on the character you're using, but the game will take full advantage of Oculus Touch and a room-scale setup (though you can play sitting with a front-facing setup).

Standard locomotion will get you around, and depending on the hero or villain, you'll be able to jump, fly, or teleport around the map. It's fast-paced, colorful, and not without a bit of humor mixed in. One thing to note: if you're prone to nausea or motion sickness in VR, the game comes with a Moderate comfort rating.

How can I play Marvel Powers United VR?

Marvel Powers United VR is designed to be an Oculus exclusive, but third-party software like Revive should allow for those with HTC Vive or Windows Mixed Reality to play as well.

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You can preorder Marvel Powers United VR now from the Oculus Store for about $40, but you'll have to wait for the expected July 26, 2018 release date to play.

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What do you think?

Are you excited to get your hands on Marvel Powers United VR? Who will you play as first? Let us know in the comments section!

Updated July 19, 2018: I've refreshed this article to include the launch trailer, new information about playable characters, and a new special edition Rift bundle expected to be made available July 31.