Sony announced that Marvel’s Iron Man VR will be released Feb. 28, exclusively for PlayStation VR. Brendan Murphy, lead writer on the game made the announcement on a blog post.
“With my colleagues at Camouflaj, we’ve spent the past three years creating the ultimate Iron Man game for PlayStation VR,” explained Murphy. “From day one, we’ve had our work cut out for us: not only do we need to deliver incredible Super Hero action and flying in VR, but we had to pair that with a heartfelt, original story about Tony Stark.”
Murphy explained that the development team at Bellevue, Wash.-based Camouflaj has been working closely with creative director of Marvel Games, Bill Rosemann, who encouraged them to “think big,” as well as famed Marvel writer Christos Gage to help with some additional writing.
“Given the fact that the game is built from the ground up for VR, we doubled down on the storytelling strengths of virtual reality,” explained Murphy. “This means putting the player in the shoes of Tony Stark – literally – as players embody Tony, interact with the world, choose some dialogue beats, and live his life in and out of the armor. Lastly, we sought to leverage the sense of presence in VR by populating the game with iconic Marvel characters to interact with.”
Murphy revealed that hacker-villain Ghost is the main antagonist in the game. Ghost is an all-time classic Iron Man super Villain, starting from the character’s first appearance in Iron Man #219. “In our game, Ghost is a great foil for Tony Stark,” he said. “She not only holds a grudge against our hero, but holds a mirror up to him. As a witness to the damage caused by Stark-made weapons years earlier, Ghost’s fight against Iron Man is both ideological and personal.”
The standard edition of the game will sell for $39.99 (USD) and it will be available both physically and digitally.
The Digital Deluxe Edition for $49.99 USD will also include four Deluxe Edition Deco Armors (Golden Avenger, Black Centurion, Sun Stinger, Stealth Armor), as well as 12 Research Points. Research Points are gained by analyzing combat data from Iron Man’s performance in the field. This research and analysis allows Friday to develop new technology (weapons and augments) for the Impulse Suit. Players can use these Research Points to unlock some weapons and augments early and customize to play style. The Deluxe edition also includes Iron Man VR’s Digital Deluxe Soundtrack and Marvel’s Iron Man VR Dynamic PS4 theme.
Players who pre-order either of these editions at their favorite retailer can receive a promo code that will allow them to download the four Custom Armor Decos.
For those who pre-order from PlayStation Store, you’ll also receive a free month trial to Marvel Unlimited and get a chance to read up on the comics that inspired this game.