At long last, Square Enix has finally lifted the veil over the oft-buzzed about Avengers Project and revealed… Marvel’s Avengers. Can’t say we’re too disappointed over it being exactly what fans of the Marvel characters wanted but sort of a straightforward name, innit?
As previously announced, Marvel’s Avengers is being developed as multi-studio collaboration with Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider) providing creative leadership with support from Eidos Montreal (Deus Ex) and will follow a brand new story. As we’ve mentioned on a previous episode of the TMG Podcast, the game was confirmed to be a service game – that is to say an ongoing adventure with years of content planned for release.
Marvel’s Avengers will arrive following a year in which the Avengers brand is at an all-time high but will not be related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That being said it’s a little strange to see characters who understandably don’t resemble their now famous Hollywood counterparts but also aren’t different looking enough to stand apart. The announcement trailer feels kinda rough too with some strange cuts from gameplay to cutscene.
Fortunately, some voice acting all-stars play them: Nolan North plays Tony Stark, Troy Baker is Bruce Banner, Laura Bailey plays Black Widow, Jeff Schine is Captain America and Travis Willingham portrays Thor. These are some of the all-time greats in video game voice acting to be honest, though I’m a little disappointed in a lineup that feels kind of samey considering how many video games they’ve already been in together.
The setup is intriguing at least. The Avengers are in San Francisco to celebrate “Avengers Day” and open a new West Coast branch of their operation as a global security initiative, but everything goes wrong and they get blamed for the tragedy. The crew ends up disbanding. “Five years later, with all Super Heroes outlawed and the world in peril, the only hope is to reassemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” Square Enix said in a press release.
The game will feature four player cooperative action gameplay that lets you work together as a true super group. And the roadmap of content includes new heroes and regions that will be completely free. Crystal Dynamics community manager Meagan Marie and executive producer Scot Amos also promised there’ll be no loot boxes, microtransactions and pay to win mechanics.
Square Enix and Marvel Entertainment have a “multi-year, multi-game partnership” in place, which means you can expect this game to either receive years of support or successive installments meant to build off one another. Marvel’s Avengers will be out on May 15, 2020, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and Windows PC. A beta will be available on PS4 for players who pre-order.
Hopefully we’ll get some more gameplay footage and details before then. When we do, you can tune in to Too Much Gaming to read more about Marvel’s Avengers. Meanwhile, you can continue to get the latest in E3 2019 news with us. Expect more as the rest of the E3 week continues.