The fictional African country of Wakanda that we so very badly want to be real is a place we’ll be able to visit in Marvel Powers United VR later this month.
Publisher Oculus confirmed today that the home of the Black Panther, who was announced as a playable character in the Oculus Rift exclusive last week, will serve as a level. In fact, we’re pretty sure we caught a very small sneak peak of the Wakanda location in the gameplay clips that debuted last week.
In the Marvel universe, Wakanda is a hidden African nation with advanced technology. Powers United’s rendition looks true to both the world first envisioned in comic books decades ago and the movie that brought it to life earlier this year. Leafy wilderness meets gold-plated structures and towering panther statues. It looks like a lot of fun to run around in, though now what we really want to do is cross our arms with Oculus Touch and shout “Wakanda Forever!”
Also joining Wakanda for a closer look today is the Sakaar Arena, which was first seen in the Planet Hulk storyline from the comics and brought to the big screen in last year’s Thor: Ragnarok. We’ve actually already played in the arena during a preview event but, judging by screenshots, developer Sanzaru Games has rejigged it a bit.
Marvel Powers United is launching on Rift on July 26th. We’ll have more reveals for the game in the build-up to launch.