‘Marvel Heroes’ Looks A Lot Like ‘Ultimate Alliance,’ Maybe ‘Diablo’

Remember that massively multiplayer online game, “Marvel Universe Online,” that occasionally floated to the surface in news, only to dive into the unknown abyss again? Well, it’s called “Marvel Heroes” now, and developer Gazillion Entertainment has just released the game’s first trailer.

“Heroes” is a free-to-play, browser-based action game taking place within a persistent world. Players can choose from what appears to be a large assortment of Marvel heroes, customizing their character with different items and costumes running the length of said Marvel icon’s career. Gazillion is promising both legendary and obscure characters will be on hand to flesh out a story penned by Brian Michael Bendis.

I’ve got to admit – this isn’t quite what I expected when Marvel started talking about an MMO. Personally, I just assumed the game would look similar to competitor “DC Universe Online;” a rather stereotypical action-oriented, quest based role-playing game. Instead, “Heroes” looks more like a third entry in the “Marvel Ultimate Alliance” franchise.

“I’ve been a big Marvel fan for all of my life. ’Marvel Heroes’ represents the combination of Marvel IP with all of the knowledge and experience I gained creating Diablo,” said Gazillion president, David Brevik. “It is a dream come true. I’m excited to unveil ’Marvel Heroes’ and share this revolutionary MMO with both gamers and Marvel fans.”

Brevik’s involvement – and subsequent “Diablo” name-dropping – is what’s actually piquing my interest in “Heroes.” The comparisons to “Ultimate Alliance” are completely obvious, but what if Brevik really is infusing the game with some “Diablo” flavor? Co-op play with friends through online “dungeons,” collecting superhero loot, sounds kind of amazing.

No word on a release date, as of yet.

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