After almost two and a half years of silence, Square-Enix revealed yesterday that the world will finally see the Crystal Dynamics/Eidos Montreal co-developed title, Marvel’s Avengers, during E3 on June 10th. While all that was officially released by Square-Enix yesterday was the name of their Avengers game and when they’ll be showing it off, intrepid Marvel video game fan and founder of the Spidey Squad, Evan Filarca, uncovered some details about the game via a now taken down E3 coliseum listing. It read as follows:
“Embrace your powers and join key members of the development team at Crystal Dynamics and the creative team 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, customize your heroes to fit your playstyle, and combine powers to defend an ever-expanding world under constant threat.”
From what little can be gathered from this information, it seems that Marvel’s Avengers will cater to those who couldn’t be bothered to play online while also playing up the team aspect of the franchise with room for co-op. The “customize your heroes” line sounds very much like what NetherRealm does with their fighting games like Injustice 2 and the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 where players can add their own personal touches to make a character unique to them. What will hopefully get explained at E3 is the “continuous single-player and co-operative gameplay” that seemingly paints this game in the coveted games-as-a-service model that has been chased after this generation with mixed results. For every success story like Fortnite that keeps players engaged for months and years on end, there’s stories of games like Fallout 76 and EA’s Anthem from BioWare that have been misfires for important franchises and studios with otherwise stellar track records.
We’ll find out more about Marvel’s Avengers on June 10th.