With Avengers: Endgame still fresh in our minds, the thought of being able to dive into a new original Avengers-themed game is more exciting than ever. Square Enix announced it was teaming up with Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s Crystal Dynamics, and Deus Ex developers Eidos-Montreal, to bring us this brand new Marvel's Avengers game back in 2017. The game description in the announcement trailer states that it will feature a completely original story, and will introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come, but we didn't get much more to go on until now. During the Square Enix E3 2019 showcase, we got our first proper look at the project, which is officially called Marvel's Avengers. We've finally gotten some insight into its story-line with a shiny new trailer, as well as an official release date. Read on below to find everything you need to know including gameplay details, what platforms it will release on, and more.
Marvel's Avengers game is coming to PC, Stadia, Xbox One, and PS4 in 2020
It’s now been two years since we learned about this game’s existence, and now that it's been shown at E3 2019, the wait to reunite with the much-loved heroes in the gaming world isn't so far off. Head of studio Scot Amos and Crystal Dynamics senior community manager Maegan Marie brought the Marvel's Avengers appearance at the Square Enix 2019 showcase to an end by revealing the heroes will land on PC, Stadia, Xbox One, and PS4 on May 15, 2020. PS4 owners will also be getting soon-to-be-revealed exclusive content, including early beta access to the game.
Marvel's Avengers game will introduce us to its game universe with an original story
Marvel's Avengers will introduce us to its game universe with a new, original story that isn't associated with the MCU, so players can expect a wholly new Avengers experience. The latest trailer which dropped at E3 2019 gives us our first look Crystal Dynamics take on the famous heroes we know and love. Bill Rosemann, Vice president and creative director at Marvel games, and Shaun Escayg, creative director at Crystal Dynamics, took the stage during the game's reveal at E3 to tell us more about the story.
It begins during an event called A-Day, as San Francisco celebrates the opening of the Avengers west coast headquarters on the team's custom helicarrier. The helicarrier is outfitted with an experimental energy source that leads to disaster. When an attempt is made to steal the strange technology, the celebrations are cut short and the day takes a "deadly turn." The tech wreaks havoc on the city, and the Avengers get blamed for the tragedy. Outlawed and turned on, the heroes disband. Fast forward five years later, and a new danger threatens the entire world. So, we have to reassemble the heroes and save Earth. It's all very heroic. Escayg said it's "a story about self acceptance in the face of adversity. It's about embracing our individual powers. Because together, we are mighty." With cinematic story-telling and plenty of action, we'll reunite the Avengers and work to save the save the day as Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Iron Man.
Marvel's Avengers game assembles an all-star cast
During E3, the all-star voice acting cast was revealed, with some very familiar faces bringing life to our beloved heroes, including: Troy Baker as Bruce Banner, Jeff Shine as Captain America, Travis Willingham as Thor, Laura Bailey as Black Widow, and Nolan North as Tony Stark.
Marvel's Avengers game will establish a universe "gamers can play in for years to come"
“The world will always need heroes, we just need to reassemble.” What a line. As we mentioned above, the announcement trailer landed back in January 2017, and the video description outlines that it “will be packed with all the characters, environments, and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise.” As you can see in the short clip, flashes of multiple iconic weapons wielded by our Avenger heroes are shown, such as Captain Marvel’s Shield, and Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir. The most exciting statement however was that this project is the start of a “multi-year, multi-partnership,” and will establish a “universe gamers can play in for years to come." Marvel's Avengers is set to get post-launch free content to continue building on the universe and the hero roster. This is no doubt the longevity the first trailer was hinting at. As a live service, Crystal Dynamics senior manager confirmed there will be no loot boxes or pay-to-win features at E3 2019.
Marvel's Avengers game will have continuous gameplay, four player co-op, and customisable heroes
Just under a week away from Square Enix’s E3 appearance, a listing on the E3 Coliseum page (where the studio’s showcase will take place) leaked some information that finally gave us insight into the gameplay we can expect. The listing has now done away with the original paragraph that appeared, but thanks to the good folks over at PC Gamer, we still know the original description was as follows:
“Embrace your powers and join key members of the development team at Crystal Dynamics and the creative at Marvel Games as they talk exclusively about the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers. This is the defining Avengers gaming experience: an epic action-adventure that combines cinematic storytelling with continuous single-player and co-operative gameplay. Moderated by Andrea Rene, assemble in teams up to four players, master extraordinary abilities, customise your heroes to fit your playstyle, and combine powers to defend an ever-expanding world under constant threat.”
Since we hadn’t had any sort of news about the gameplay until this point, the listing gave us a good chunk of information to work with. The key takeaways here are: cinematic storytelling, continuous single-player and cooperative gameplay, four player teams, customising heroes, mastering extraordinary abilities, and combining powers in an ever-expanding world.
And now we know that this listing was accurate, as pretty much all of the features mentioned above were confirmed during Marvel's Avengers showcase at E3 2019. You'll be playing as Captain Marvel, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Iron Man, in both single-player and co-operative play. 4 player online co-op was also confirmed with the ability to customise the heroes and kit them out to your liking. Other heroes will also be joining the roster in future, and every new hero and region will be added for free. At the end of the E3 showcase, we saw a teaser of Hank Pym, so Ant-Man is sure to be joining in on the action soon.
Marvel's Avengers game - who's behind it?
Crystal Dynamics who brought us Shadow of the Tomb Raider is working in collaboration with Deus Ex developers Edios-Montreal to bring the project to life alongside Square Enix and Marvel Entertainment. While the news front was pretty quiet since the initial announcement, Marvel did post an article on its official website back in 2018 revealing some of the folks who have joined Crystal Dynamics to work on the Avengers game. The post revealed “top industry talent” has been recruited, including the likes of former Naughty Dog creative Director, Shaun Escayg, and EA and Visceral Games veteran, Stephen Barry. Escayg is most known for working on titles like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and The Last of Us and is now the creative director of the game at Crystal Dynamics. Ron Rosenburg, co-head of studio at Crystal Dynamics, said they’ve hired 15 “world-renowned industry veterans, spanning production leadership, animation, design, art and engineering, who have previously worked on games such as Batman: Arkham Origins, Dead Space, Star Wars: Battlefront and many more.” There’s certainly no shortage of talent involved, and it’ll be interesting to see how they assemble the Avengers game.