Marvel's Avengers revealed: live-service game, single-player or co-op, more heroes and regions added for free after launch - watch the 3 minute story trailerPlatforms: Sony PlayStation 4 | Google Stadia | Microsoft Xbox One | PC
Marvel's Avengers was finally revealed at the Square Enix Live E3 press conference after two-and-a-half long years since its initial announcement and teaser trailer. We got a look at our playable heroes, a snippet of gameplay, story details, and a release date of May 15th, 2020.
First of all, check out the debut trailer which is full of lovely Avengers action.
Marvel's Avengers has been revealed as an "epic action-adventure game that combines cinematic storytelling with single-player and co-operative gameplay". The story sounds important to the developers, and luckily for us the premise is a great one.
The Avengers are celebrating the opening of their West-Coast HQ on A-Day when an accident causes immense destruction. The Avengers are outlawed and disband after taking the blame for the tragedy.
5 years later and the Avengers are still a thing of the past, but a new threat means the team has to be reassembled. That's where we come in.
The initial playable characters are: Iron Man, voiced by Nolan North; Bruce Banner/Hulk, voiced by Troy Baker; Black Widow, voiced by Laura Bailey; Captain America, voiced by Jeff Schine; and finally Thor, voiced by Travis Willingham. A blinding all-star cast.
I say "initial" playable characters because Marvel's Avengers is a live-service game, which will have more heroes added to it over multiple years. The developers at the Square Enix press conference announced that all updates to the game would be free, and that there will be no loot/random drop boxes. Music to everyone's ears. An image during the press conference seemingly showed Black Panther fighting in the background of the shot.
Marvel's website reveals a few more interesting things about the game, including campaign and customisation details:
"Marvel’s Avengers is a unique take on these iconic Super Heroes, including Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor. This character-driven story celebrates authentic Marvel heroism and humanity in a cinematic campaign filled with single-player and co-op missions."
There's an emphasis on a "cinematic campaign", but, as a live-service game, will the story evolve over time too? Or will we be getting contained, story-light DLC sections? I'm sure everyone would love an evolving story over many years, how feasible that is to develop is questionable, however.
Gameplay was sparse in the game's E3 2019 reveal, but IGN's Destin Legarie has compiled all the clips that look like they are player-controlled:
Last week's leak was accurate, but the customisation aspect of it has now been fleshed out more:
"Unlock powerful skills and new gear to build your ideal version of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. When combined with original, fan-favorite and classic outfits, there are nearly limitless ways to customize these iconic Heroes."
This will give the developers the chance to really go wild with outfits, with the Marvel universe spanning decades of comics, TV, shows, games, and of course, movies. You can bet we'll be getting Marvel Cinematic Universe costumes down the line.
During the reveal, Square Enix announced that PlayStation 4 owners will be getting exclusive content and the beta first. There was no further information on what exclusive content would be coming, but the word "surprises" was definitely used. Is it too much to expect a Marvel's Spider-Man crossover? It is, isn't it?
Marvel's Avengers will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC on May 15th, 2020.
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