At NYCC 2012, we had the opportunity to interview Fabien Pierre Nicholas, the Marketing Director for ngmoco that’s behind Marvel: War of Heroes. Marvel: War of Heroes is the upcoming card-based game coming to iOS and Android platforms. It will be a Free-to-Play game that will have micro-transactions if you want to purchase new card packs. Each pack you purchase is random so you’re not guaranteed to receive any specific cards you’re looking for. While people may find this jarring, it’s actually a clever idea in which it brings back that feel of going to the store, buying a pack of cards, and having the excitement of opening the pack to see what you got. Also, to bring a deeper social aspect to the game, you’ll be able to trade cards amongst friends as well. Fabien stated that Marvel provided them complete support with the title, giving them access to all the characters in the Marvel universe and not just the popular ones based on the movies within the last decade.
Based on the demo we saw, you start off working alongside Black Widow to take down average thugs that scour the environment while then coming up against an iconic Marvel villain. On the game’s screen, you’ll see the enemies in front of you (all drawn from Marvel artists) while having the bottom half of the screen to select your party member. and you’ll have to tap the enemy on screen to attack them. If you actually have multiple cards of the same Marvel character, you’ll be able to “fuse” them together to level up that particular character. In the demo, Fabien fused two Spider-Man cards together to rank him up to level 2, in which not only did his stats increase, but also gained the ability to shoot two webs at once by multi-touching the screen. However, he assured us that the game won’t be one that’s ever “done”. They plan to be providing continuous content via updates for the game so that players will always keep returning for more. There’s also an online competitive component so you can battle your friends to showoff who has the better card set. The game will be running off the DeNA’s Mobage gaming network.
Fabien stated that they chose to utilize the mobile platforms as they felt it would appeal to an enormous amount of people that utilize their mobile devices daily. It will run on the iPhone 3GS and up, and Android 2.0 and up. When we asked if they would consider bringing the title to the PS Vita or 3DS, he stated that at the moment they’re not looking at that and solely focused on the mobile versions but they wouldn’t rule it out entirely.
Marvel: War of Heroes releases next week for the iOS and Android platforms for free. It definitely has our interest and look forward to testing it the full version.
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