With enough action and world altering cataclysms to rival the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Square Enix’s Avengers game has been revealed. In development at Crystal Dynamics with help from Eidos Montreal, Nixxes Software and Crystal Northwest, the simply titled Marvel’s Avengers will be out on 15th May 2020.
With four of Square’s Western studios working on the game, there’s a lot of resources being thrown at making the most of the license. From the trailer it really combines the epic cinematic visuals we’ve enjoyed over the last decade with video game action. You’ll have Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Iron Man in the roster, but they’re all in the sort of uncanny valley of not looking like their MCU counterparts. Similarly, there’s a kind of ever-so-slightly off brand Marvel humour from the trailer.
They’ve assembled a top tier cast of voice actors (or to put it another way they’ve picked some of the most commonly used actors). Troy Baker plays Bruce Banner, Jeff Shine is Captain America, Travis Willingham gets to play Thor, Laura Bailey is Black Widow and Nolan North is Iron Man.
The game opens on Avengers Day, to celebrate the opening of their West Coast headquarters, but their experimental Helicarrier is hijacked and its Terragen energy core causes enough devastation to have the Avengers outlawed. Five years later, they have to reunite to battle a new world-altering threat.
The plan is for this game to last several years – yup, it’s a games as a service model. An online component will have you team up in groups of four online, with new customisable super heroes and story missions and regions delivered for free, and with Square promising not to feature randomised loot boxes or pay to win scenarios. They will, however have early beta access for PS4 and platform specific benefits.
The game will arrive for PS4, Xbox One, Stadia and PC on 15th May 2020.