Following a soft launch for beta testing in New Zealand, we’ve finally seen Marvel World Of Heroes character customization and gameplay details. Here’s what you can expect from the create-your-own hero aspect.

Marvel World Of Heroes is expected to launch worldwide later this year, through a soft launch rollout method. It’s currently been released in New Zealand, with other countries soon to follow.

If you haven’t heard of the game, you can read our previous post about it. It’s a geolocation/augmented reality RPG that’ll have you protecting your streets from multiversal threats and villains.

Sounds interesting, right? Bundled with its looter-like aspects, and comic book-esque design, the game is definitely shaping up to look like a blast. We’ve gone through the trouble of watching every gameplay video we could to detail the character customization aspect.

Can you create your own character?

Can you remember the last time there was a superhero game with customization? It’s rare, with only a few titles letting you live out your superhero fantasies, and they’re mostly just old MMOs like DC Universe Online.

In Marvel World Of Heroes, you are just a normal person that has suddenly been selected to be a Nexus Being. This also means you get special—superpowers that come along with it.

The game opens up with Spider-Man and Dr Strange finding you, explaining the situation, and getting you to team up with them. They’ll also offer you clothes to get started with—either:

  • An X-Men Suit
  • Web-Warriors Costume
  • S.H.I.E.L.D Uniform

You’ll then get to customize your character completely, which includes changing your body shape, face, and skin color. You’ll also pick out a name, and the outfit customization includes:

  • Eyewear
  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Ears
  • Footwear

As you progress and play through the game, you’ll also unlock more gear, clothes, and outfits to deck yourself with. From what we’ve seen so far, it mostly seems like you’ll be mix-and-matching other iconic superhero suits.

The customization for the character’s body shape and face is pretty in-depth. You’ll be able to customize smaller elements like hair, facial hair, jaw, nose, mouth, eyes, eyebrows, and even your eyelashes. If you want to keep to a human-look, you can, or you can go all-out Alien-vibes.

For the body, you can change your character’s size/weight, their chest size, lower body shape, upper body shape, and skin tone using sliders. This looks to be the most in-depth avatar customizer that Niantic has ever included in their games. It’d be great if something similar could come to Pokémon GO.

It’s great for inclusivity and representation.

Combat Customization & Allies

Along with customizing your character’s looks, you’ll be able to customize your “team and allies”. These are the heroes that’ll fight alongside you, and the game has a long list implemented, including fan-favourites like Black Widow, Captain America, and Spider-Man.

It also seems like you can customize & craft gear for your allies to boost their stats. Allies have their own special attacks and abilities.

Interested in Marvel World Of Heroes? We’ll be covering gameplay details more in the upcoming week. Just make sure to keep an eye out.

We’ve also recently covered Niantic’s other new RPG, Monster Hunter Now quite in-depth. It is set to release worldwide later this year in September.


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By Camellia Hao Ren

Camellia Hao Ren is an Australian journalist and editor. When they aren't writing, they are usually playing games or reading.

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