Niantic, a Pokemon Go developer, has announced its next game, Marvel World of Heroes, which is expected to be released in 2023.
This weekend at D23, there were a couple of announcements, including a tease for Niantic''s next game, and another AR game, this time bringing the Marvel Universe into the player''s hands. "In Marvel World of Heroes, players will need to patrol their neighbourhoods to combat crimes, complete Super Hero missions, and thwart interdimensional threats."
The description also reveals that as players level up, they have the ability to unlock equipment and abilities and will be able to connect with heroes such as Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Captain America, where they''ll meet off against several villains in order to save the multiverse.
On Niantic''s website, the game''s lead designer Neil Melville and senior producer Lyza Faylona discussed the characters'' options, acknowledging that there''s "some variety of options available for players to express, gender expressions, and outfit customization."
Faylona said that they loved MMORPGs and that they''re interested in bringing it "to the real world" without feeling a need to use the AR game as a result of the earlier genre design-wise.
Players will also presumably be able to travel to "multiple alternate realities" in the Marvel Multiverse to explore different characters and stories in the same location.
Niantic shut down four of its employees earlier this year, including a Transformers game, a Hamlet, and two other unannounced titles. And last year, it announced that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was being shut down. So the developer hasn''t found out how big the impact it has had in Pokemon Go just yet.