One of the highlights of Square Enix’s E3 2019 press conference was the first public showing of the forthcoming Marvel’s Avengers game.
Developed by Crystal Dynamic along with a litany of collaborators including Marvel Games, Eidos Montreal and the new Crystal Northwest studio, Marvel’s Avengers will be released on 15 May 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia. It will be a third-person action-adventure game in which you’ll be able to take control of Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow and Iron Man.
A cast of various individuals involved with Marvel’s Avengers’ development described various aspects of the game. Sean Escayg, creative director at Crystal Dynamics, provided an overview of the story: “Our story begins at A-Day as San Francisco celebrates the opening of the Avengers’ West coast headquarters, and the team’s custom heli-carrier, outfitted with a strange experimental energy source. However, the day turns deadly when an attempt to steal this new technology results in massive destruction. Blamed for the tragedy, the Avengers are outlawed, and our heroes disband.”
Marvel Games’ VP and creative director Bill Roseman continued: “Five years later, a horrific evil threatens the world and our only hope is to reassemble Earth’s mightiest heroes. You play as your favourite Avengers in an all-new original story.”
Later in the presentation, Crystal Dynamic’s head of studio Scot Amos and the developer’s social community manager Meagan Marie stepped up to add some detail about Marvel’s Avengers; post-launch roadmap. Marie said: “Marvel’s Avengers delivers a narrative over multiple years, with exciting new content released on a regular basis,” and Amos continued with: “Like the Avengers, you and your friends are stronger together. You’ll assemble into teams of up to four players online, where you can master extraordinary abilities, where you can customise a growing roster of heroes and defend the Earth from ever-escalating threats. And to make sure everyone comes on this journey with us, we’re incredibly thrilled to announce that every new superhero and every new region will be delivered at no additional cost.” To a chorus of cheers, Marie added: “Our promise to the community is that we won’t have random loot-boxes or pay-to-win scenarios.”
There was, however, one aspect of the game which generated something of an online backlash. Its characters look significantly different to the equivalents we have become accustomed to seeing in the Avengers films, which Roseman explained thus: “You will instantly recognise your favourite superheroes and villains. But you’ll also see that they are unique to this game, as this is Crystal’s interpretation of these iconic characters.”
The key characters will be voiced by a cast of top videogame voice-talent: Troy Baker plays Bruce Banner, Jeff Schine Captain America, Travis Willingham Thor, Laura Bailey Black Widow and Nolan North Tony Stark. But various Twitter users had a go at the characters’ unfamiliar appearances. They also highlighted the absence of Hawkeye.
Despite that Twitter snarkiness, Marvel’s Avengers remains one of the most hotly anticipated games around, and Square Enix announced that PlayStation 4 owners will get a chance to play the game at its beta stage before other platforms. For more information, keep an eye on Square Enix’s website.