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Ubisoft assembling Avengers game

Right now "The Avengers" is dominating cinema screens twelve ways from Sunday, so naturally, the powers that be would like Nick Fury's super squad to dominate your TV screen, too. To that end, Ubisoft has announced the development of Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, a title specifically geared to the strengths of the Xbox 360 Kinect and Wii U platforms.

Ubisoft Quebec is the studio in charge of bring it all to digital life, working alongside Marvel Entertainment and taking inspiration from the comic's Secret Invasion story arc. All the obvious faces will be present and accounted for - Iron Man, Thor, Captain America - as well as a few others that are, for the time being, kept under wraps tighter than a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent's name, rank and serial number. 

Naturally, expectations are high on both sides of the contract. Says Ubisoft EMEA's Marketing and Sales Director Geoffrey Sardin: “We are excited to team up with Marvel Entertainment to bring some of the most iconic comic book characters from the Marvel line-up to life in motion-gaming. Fans of the Marvel universe and superhero games are going to love the extensive combinations of characters, motion-controlled moves and competitive game-play.” 

Marvel's senior vice president of games and digital distribution, Andreea Enache-Thune, also chimes in with a back-pat. “For the last few years, Marvel has positioned itself to deliver the absolute best in entertainment, be it in film, animation, comics or games. Partnering with Ubisoft is a big part of that ongoing movement. We are confident that Ubisoft’s talent matches Marvel’s own commitment to making the Avengers: Battle for Earth the best in the motion-controlled gaming category.”

To what extent the Kinect and Wii U capabilities will serve Avengers: Battle for Earth remains unknown. Kinect-powered Hulk smashing, perhaps? A chance to fiddle with digital Stark schematics via touchscreen controls? We're not sure. But a bigger question lingers over the whole enterprise: by the game's spring release date (or autumn for you Northern Hemispherian folk), The Avenger's cinema run will be long gone. What's a film tie-in without the momentum from its movie counterpart? Still, perhaps it's a sign that time is being taken to do the whole thing properly. 

Keen for an Avengers game? Thoughts on what the Wii U and Kinect platforms will bring to the table? Sound off below.

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15 comments

  • miked00d - May 11, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    Hold up, hold up guys. I know this is going to be shocking to a lot of you, but I'm gonna call it - this is gonna suck.
  • birdman1041 - May 10, 2012 11:33 p.m.

    Meh, I say. Meh.
  • Zeedar - May 10, 2012 10:42 p.m.

    Ohh damnit. Kinect? It's gonna be horrible, isn't it?
  • Corn - May 10, 2012 10:39 p.m.

    So since this has Skrulls in it, it's probably that 'cancelled' first person game right?
  • mijetman - May 11, 2012 5:06 p.m.

    Sadly not. That was a Sega joint.
  • BladedFalcon - May 10, 2012 10:20 p.m.

    *Reads title* Oooh! awesome! Maybe it could be good! *Clicks article and reads subtitle* ....Or not. GR, I'd appreciate if next time you put in the headline that an announced game is gonna be for Kinect (I.E: Crap) so that way I can avoid getting my hopes up, even if for a second.
  • jackthemenace - May 11, 2012 7:33 a.m.

    Agreed. Although, admittedly, I wasn't even tat hopeful, to being with. I mean, a movie tie-in game? wasn't the last one of those that was actually good teh one for batman on the SNES, 5 years before I was born?
  • BladedFalcon - May 11, 2012 2:08 p.m.

    Well yes, but after the Arkham games, one could always hope, no? besides, considering the movie was amazing, at first I had an irrational hope that somehow that would translate into the game they made for the movie.
  • bebl09 - May 11, 2012 8:51 p.m.

    Haha I had the exact same though. I saw it was for Xbox and Wii U and was annoyed cause I don't have an Xbox and I'm not planning on getting a Wii U. Then I saw 'Kinect' and all my anger quickly faded to be replaced by apathy.
  • GaryTheGuidoHunter - May 10, 2012 8:27 p.m.

    This is bull. Marvel could have pulled a "Rocksteady" magic trick of their own and completely revolutionise Marvel games. I'm still hoping that Amazing Spiderman will shock and awe but I think Marvel lack the ability to capture all the amazing factors of their comic book characters and translate them efficiently into video game format. One can dream.
  • comaqi - May 10, 2012 8:07 p.m.

    I think it might be good. I'll keep my expectations low with my wishes high.
  • daniel-siemens - May 10, 2012 7:32 p.m.

    I hope this game will be good but i seriously have my doubts... Like IMO the only good super hero games other than Batman AA and AC are the Ultimate Alliance games and Spider-Man 2 otherwise they pretty much always suck. But like *SpiritTemple* Said "Movie was awesome" lol
  • bebl09 - May 10, 2012 7:59 p.m.

    It's coming to Kinect. You automatically know it's gonna be crap.
  • SpiritTemple - May 10, 2012 7:23 p.m.

    Movie was awesome, but I'm not that interested in this game, but since it's coming to Wii U I'll probably give it a chance. In Nintendo we trust.
  • inkyspot - May 10, 2012 7:18 p.m.

    They can make a game that doesn't follow the movie, but one of the many stories of the story of this Super group. Not sure how they'll handle the the team mechanic. I am also assuming they'll try to tack on some silly multiplayer on there. The movie was good, I doubt this game will be.

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