I hate being all 'oh look, here's this thing you never had' but, seriously, look at this thing you never had. We knew THQ were working on an Avengers tie-in game but now there's footage and it's even more heartbreaking. Before the general sadness of the publisher's untimely end, THQ Australia was working on the project to release in the same year as Joss Whedon's first Avengers movie.
Revealed in the below video on DidYouKnowGaming from Unseen64's Liam Robertson, it was originally planned to be a third person action game but the Brisbane team decided to take a bold step into first person superheroics. Not only that but THQ planned this to be co-op for a true Avengers experience on PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U. Cue much fist pounding from the Hulk and a thumpy first-person view of Thor's hammer. Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk and Thor were planned as the original four heroes but Hawk Eye and Black Widow would be unlocked further through the game.
The video has some horribly teasy footage of life behind the eyes of each Avenger - complete with character specific attacks - and, unlike most tie ins, the game wasn't going to follow the traditional movie story. There were some similarities between the game and the Marvel cinematic universe but it wasn't official canon. The plot itself was very similar to Marvel's Secret Invasion comic series and writer Brian Michael Bendis was on board for story duties as Skrulls attempt to take over earth.
A sad end came to the game when THQ ran into financial difficulties after what I think we can safely call the 'U-Draw catastrophe' that saw 1.4 million of the plastic controllers left in warehouses. Add in the growing strength of the Australian dollar and THQ Australia had to close its doors to try and save money. A significant chunk of the game was complete and although Marvel was impressed with the project, it refused to take on such an expensive undertaking. So all we have now is this footage, the knowledge that it's now a generation too old and a sad face.
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