Will Marvel Rivals be free to play?

Nathan Warby
Magik and Black Panther in Marvel Rivals

Marvel Rivals draws plenty of inspiration from Overwatch, but does it follow its lead by going free to play? Here’s everything you need to know.

Marvel Rivals is a brand-new hero shooter that sees iconic characters battle it out in 6v6 PvP matches. The game has already been compared heavily with Blizzard’s Overwatch based on its gameplay, but players are wondering if this also extends to it being a free-to-play title.

So, is Marvel Rivals free to play? Here’s everything you need to know.

Is Marvel Rivals free to play?

Yes, Marvel Rivals will be a free-to-play title when it launches. Just like many other online titles, players will be able to download the game for free from Stream or the Epic Games Store, with a console release also reportedly being discussed for the future.

Will Marvel Rivals have microtransactions?

It hasn’t been confirmed if Marvel Rivals will have microtransactions, but it’s safe to assume it will based on how other games of its ilk tend to operate. While it’s free to hop in and start playing, we expect there to be a premium currency that can be used to buy in-game cosmetics.

These usually take the form of different skins and suits, or emotes and other items that are used to personalize your favorite character.

It has been revealed that Marvel Rivals will receive “seasonal drops,” which could also suggest there will be a Battle Pass, much like Overwatch and Fortnite. If this turns out to be true, it will likely be packed full of different rewards that can only be earned by buying the Battle Pass.

Of course, this is all just speculation for now, so we’ll be sure to update this page once we know more about Marvel Rivals and its approach to microtransactions.

In the meantime, check out how to sign up for the Closed Alpha, to give you an early taste of the upcoming shooter.

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About The Author

Nathan is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel. He’s an expert in EA Sports FC, Call of Duty, and Overwatch, as well as superhero games, including Marvel’s Spider-Man. With a master's degree in Magazine Journalism from Nottingham Trent University, he worked as a Trainee Reporter for Derbyshire Live before moving into games media, with bylines at Dexerto, Cultured Vultures, and more. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].