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Image: Marvel/Netmarble

Marvel may be a better-known company in the west, but Korean mobile gaming giant Netmarble will be the creative force to watch when the companies launch an open-world role-playing game called "Marvel Future Revolution" later this year.

Why it matters: The power of modern phones is emboldening studios to make the kinds of games that previously would have only been expected on PCs and consoles.

  • "Marvel Future Revolution" will let players fight and talk their way through zones based on various interpretations of the Marvel super-hero universe.
  • The developers say players will explore huge areas that they'll share with other players.

What they're saying: "We forecast open world will become one of the major genres [on mobile] in the future," Netmarble U.S. president Simon Sim told Axios during a demonstration of the game.

  • Open-world games allow players to explore vast worlds, freeing them from the restrictions of linear corridor-based layouts.
  • Such games are rare on mobile due to their technical complexity and the presumed appetite of the audience, but miHoYo's open-world "Genshin Impact" proved a huge hit on mobile last year, earning $1 billion in its first six months, according to Sensor Tower.

What's next: Netmarble is promising hosts of characters, costumes, multiplayer options, added zones and additional story, suggesting this is a long-term project for the studio.

  • Marvel's last ambitious super-hero team game, "Marvel's Avengers" from Square Enix, was one of the most high-profile flops of last year due to disappointing gameplay, but Marvel and Netmarble officials declined to say if they learned any lessons from that.
  • Instead, they pointed to their last collaboration, "Marvel Future Fight," a simpler game which has drawn 120 million players.

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Sep 29, 2021 - Sports

Reports: NBA outlines COVID protocols plan for 2021-22 season

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The NBA released its tentative health and safety protocols for next season to teams on Tuesday, detailing how different it could be for vaccinated and unvaccinated players, ESPN reports.

Why it matters: Roughly 90% of NBA players are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, per an earlier statement from National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). They would have fewer restrictions under the NBA's plan, but unvaccinated players would have to undergo daily testing including before games, per ESPN.

Biden headed to the Hill as Democrats struggle to reach deal on spending bills

President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leave a House Democratic Caucus meeting in the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 1. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday morning will meet with the House Democratic Caucus on Capitol Hill to provide an update about his Build Back Better agenda and the bipartisan infrastructure deal, according to a White House official.

Driving the news: The meeting comes as Democrats struggle to reach a deal on the spending bills. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN on Sunday that Democrats were planning to reach an agreement on the infrastructure package this week, before Biden's departure to Europe, which is slated for later on Thursday.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
48 mins ago - Economy & Business

Why it's so hard to tax wealth

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The wealth tax that wasn't a wealth tax isn't even a tax, now. The Democrats had a meticulously constructed 107-page proposal to pay for a large chunk of their spending plans with a tax on billionaires, but it died ignobly on Wednesday, the same day it was unveiled.

Why it matters: The dream of a wealth tax will never die as it so neatly generates revenue by reducing inequality. But there are three main reasons why that dream is likely to remain just a dream for the foreseeable future.

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