MARVEL World of Heroes is an AR mobile game that brings the iconic Marvel Universe into the real world and is scheduled to launch globally in 2023.
As the first Marvel game where players become their own unique Marvel Super Hero, MARVEL World of Heroes breaks new ground by extending gameplay into the real world as only Niantic games can.
The development team has been hard at work to deliver on the fantasy of becoming your own Marvel Super Hero in the real world. We’ve interviewed two members of the MARVEL World of Heroes team to get their thoughts on what it’s been like working on the game, now that they can publicly talk about it!
We hope you enjoy these insights from Neil Melville, Lead Game Designer, and Lyza Faylona, Senior Producer on MARVEL World of Heroes:
What has it felt like working on MARVEL World of Heroes?
It has been a joy to work with this talented and passionate team in crafting a game that will let players get a taste of the Super Hero lifestyle right in their own neighbourhoods. It is my goal that this game instills in its players feelings of freedom, power, curiosity, and cooperation, and will inspire them to make the world a better place. – Neil Melville, Lead Game Designer
The best part about being a producer on MARVEL World of Heroes is I get to experience first-hand all of the awesome work by the team through the lens of both a player and game developer. Some days my world revolves around team operations, and other days it’s partnering with our creative and technology leads on upcoming features. – Lyza Faylona, Senior Producer
What are you personally most excited about for players to experience in the game?
I am very excited about the character avatar system in MARVEL World of Heroes, because it gives a lot of flexibility for players to express different body types, gender expressions, and outfit customization. I can’t wait to see what kind of characters the players will create on their journey to become famous local heroes. – Neil Melville, Lead Game Designer
I love MMORPGs, so I’m most excited about bringing that to the real world. To arrive at a location, view and interact with it through the lens of a Marvel Super Hero is what I’m really excited about. I can’t wait to see how players interact with these locations and form their own origin stories. – Lyza Faylona, Senior Producer
Who is your favorite Marvel character and why?
Spider-Man is my favorite Marvel Super Hero because despite being a really smart guy with super strength and incredible agility, he never gives up being a friendly neighborhood hero who has to deal with normal problems in addition to crime bosses, robots, aliens, vampires, and robot alien vampire crime bosses. – Neil Melville, Lead Game Designer
I honestly gravitate towards Super Villains but if you ask me for my favorite MARVEL Super Hero it would be Ms. Marvel, a.k.a Kamala Khan. Her origin story really resonates with me – how she navigates through labels imposed on her and how she finds her identity by embracing her super power. – Lyza Faylona, Senior Producer
What do you think may surprise Marvel fans when they play MARVEL World of Heroes for the first time?
We aren’t content with augmenting reality with a single version of the Marvel Universe, and will let you travel to multiple alternate realities in the Marvel Multiverse to engage with different characters and stories in the same location. – Neil Melville, Lead Game Designer
The Marvel Multiverse. There’s just so many stories to tell and MARVEL characters to interact with that we couldn’t limit ourselves to just one reality! – Lyza Faylona, Senior Producer