The long-awaited Marvel’s Avengers has finally been announced. Initially unveiled at Square Enix’s E3 2019 press conference, the game is a collaboration between several high-profile studios. These include Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal, Crystal Northwest, and Nixxes Software. Most companies give gamers a little tease when first revealing a new game. Not Square Enix. The company went all the way and showcased a near story trailer alongside the announcement.
Not Quite the Same Characters We Know From the Movies
Marvel’s Avengers seems to take place in the same (or at least a similar) universe as the MCU movies. Popular superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and the Hulk are all here. However, they look a bit different when compared to their big-screen counterparts. The in-game characters aren’t voiced by the Hollywood actors we all know and love either. That’s a bit disappointing but not unexpected. After all, hiring the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans would have probably cost a fortune.
The story of Marvel’s Avengers beings with the unveiling of the team’s HQ in San Francisco. In addition to their official headquarters, The Avengers also reveal their hi-tech helicarrier The same one we see in the movies. As it’s often the case with these things, however, the celebration doesn’t last long. A catastrophic accident swiftly destroys the helicarrier and causes massive devastation to the surrounding area. The Avengers end up getting blamed for the tragedy and disband. That doesn’t last long, though, because the world calls up them again to fight against a new threat.
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Avengers Assemble Like Never Before
We can all agree that the MCU movies were an incredible experience. However, nothing quite compares to the feeling of taking direct control of your favorite superhero. That’s what Marvel’s Avengers aims to provide. Players will have the opportunity to only play as one of five superheroes at launch. But don’t worry because even more being introduced further down the line. The lineup will not be particularly huge at first but we expect to see it gradually increase over time.
According to the developers, Marvel’s Avengers is a cinematic experience that will take place over several years. And not just in-game. The teams involved have put together a roadmap that includes periodic content updates for the game. As such, players can expect to see even more superheroes being added post-launch, as well as brand new story chapters.
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Gamers worried that Marvel’s Avengers will follow the ‘live service’ model can rest assured. That won’t be the case. Crystal Dynamics Head of Studio Ron Rosenberg stated that the game will not feature any random loot boxes or pay-to-win elements. Instead, every new superhero added post-launch will be available for free to those who own the base game. The developers also revealed that the game will feature both single-player and a co-op mode.
Marvel’s Avengers is set to launch on May 15, 2020, for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and even Google’s Stadia. An upcoming Beta testing phase has also been announced and will become available first on the PS4. Players looking to get early hands-on access to the game can pre-order the game from the official website. Pre-ordering for PS4 guarantees Beta access.