Marvel is bringing its superheroes to VR with a new Oculus-exclusive game


The Incredible Hulk and some of his other box office
money-grabbing super pals will be coming to the world of
virtual reality.

Marvel Powers
United VR
, announced at Disney’s D23 event on Saturday,
will allow players a chance to step into the shoes of some
familiar heroes as they destroy lots of stuff in VR.

Powers United VR, an
Oculus-exclusive, looks pretty similar to
existing VR wave shooters like Robo Recall, though its
multiplayer could spice things up a bit. The main highlight
will obviously be having IP from Marvel; players will be able
to choose from 12 different Marvel characters as they exact
righteous mayhem.

The title is being developed by Sanzaru Games, which has
already done a couple VR titles for the Rift, including VR
Sports Challenge
and Ripcoil.

Facebook and Oculus have devoted $500 million to funding
made-for-VR content. Oculus has been doing so largely with the
hopes of attracting exclusives and interest from top AAA game
publishers who have been reticent to invest significant cash
into a space with so few users relative to console and PC
audiences.

With Marvel, Oculus has found a partnership that allows it
another big name exclusive to show off its highest-end Rift and
Touch controller hardware, which it has heavily discounted in
recent months as Facebook looks to sell units and keep up with
competition in the niche VR space.

Building a hefty library of exclusives is even more important
to the company following E3, where Oculus was largely
overlooked as the highly influential ZeniMax-owned Bethesda
announced a number of titles from blockbuster series, including
DOOM, Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, that it will be porting to
competing virtual reality systems like HTC’s Vive and Sony’s
Playstation VR. This comes as Facebook fights an injunction
from the Oculus/ZeniMax lawsuit, for which it has already been
ordered to pay up a half-billion dollars.

Marvel Powers United VR is bring slated for a 2018 release.

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