Marvel’s Avengers game: release date, news, and first impressions

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After two years of secrecy, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics are almost ready to talk about their first game of the Avengers, or, as we know, the Marvel Avengers.


In the press event E3 2019 of Square Enix, we finally saw the game for the first time in a trailer of the story that seems riff in some of the most important moments of the Avengers comics. You will play as your favorite Avengers in a completely new story set in the Marvel universe that features many Avengers throughout the game (with the exception of Hawkeye) as you save the day from an evil force. According to Crystal Dynamics, the game has 'a cast of stars' that includes Laura Bailey, Nolan North and Troy Baker, some of the most prominent voice actors in the video game industry.


It was at E3 this year that we also learned that the game will have a multiplayer component along with a single player campaign, although it was not shown during the event. What we've heard from Crystal Dynamics in a closed-door meeting is that they will meet in teams of four online, customize their characters and fight online together through new scenarios. Crystal Dynamics says that this content will be free and will come in a constant clip. Last but not least, we have a confirmed release date: May 15, 2020.


Here is all we know about the great incursion of Square Enix in the Marvel universe.



Game impressions


While no one was allowed to play the game at E3 2019, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics allowed attendees to go through and see a detailed in-depth demonstration.


The way the game works is that you will control each Avenger individually and control the switches between segments, a flying sequence that you could play as Iron Man while a battle scene could use Hulk, for example. Each character has its own set of skills that reflect what we've seen in comics, movies, and other games, and the combat is largely like Marvel's Spider-Man, full of fluid dodges, combined attacks, and fast-time events.


It's a real oversight to finish the comparison in Marvel's Spider-Man, but it seems to be the look and feel of Crystal Dynamics, something that is easy to understand and makes you feel powerful. The problem here is that, while all the characters have their own combat abilities (activated by the trigger buttons), there really was not a ton of variation in the actual game. Most of the time, the characters are shuffled on a battlefield, fight for a few minutes with some enemies and then control the turns of the next Avenger in the sequence. It feels safe, but not so exciting.


What Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal (who are jointly developing the game) are right are the huge pieces that serve as the main stage of the action. In the demonstration we saw, The Avengers fought to save civilians at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco from terrorists led by (spoilers!) Taskmaster.


The game segment we saw involved the five playable Avengers of the game and culminated in a boss battle. The pace that led to the battle felt very good, as did some of the Quick-Time Event segments that emulated the big-budget action of the movies.



Marvel’s Avengers news and features


Game offline and only


It has been confirmed that Marvel's Avengers will offer players the opportunity to play offline and alone, despite their focus on the online multiplayer experience. In an interview with GamesIndustryBiz, Crystal Dynamics boss Scott Amos said players "can have a complete experience and have fun" even if they never connect.



No paywalls or loot boxes


Scott Amos also confirmed that the paywalls and Loot Boxes will not be a feature of the game. It seems that the monetization will come from cosmetic purchases totally optional. This will allow players to invest in their favorite heroes and make them look exactly as they want.


"The idea, from the beginning, is that we want you to be able to personalize your hero, how they look, how they play, the equipment they have and how they use it," said Amos.


"Your Black Widow could be different from my Black Widow, just a little, maybe a lot, depending on what you prefer and how you will unlock things."


Of course, players can also gain personalization items while they play.



Official revelation


The Marvel Avengers finally showed up at the Square Enix E3 2019 press conference on Monday night, which gave us a real first look at the game since it was announced in January 2017.



A "homage to Stan"


Crystal Dynamics has revealed that the game of Marvel's Avengers is a tribute to Stan Lee, who died in 2018. When we asked if Stan would appear in the game, the developer seemed shy but hinted that we will see the legend make an appearance.



Gameplay


The most important thing we saw was the gameplay, which seemed to be a third-person adventure in the same sense as the Spider-Man of Marvel. We know that we will have the opportunity to play like almost all the most famous Avengers at some point, with the exception of Hawkeye who, unfortunately, was not part of the opening.



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The Marvel Avengers will have a "continuous game for one player and cooperative", and players can "meet in teams of up to four players, master extraordinary skills ... and combine powers", that is, an online multiplayer component that Crystal Dynamics has not yet revealed. , but we hope to hear more about that later.



Focus on the story


The Marvel Spider-Man left us speechless last year with a story full of hearts, characters that we cared about and some sensational performances to boot. Square Enix and the developer Crystal Dynamics have a wonderful opportunity to offer a narrative according to the incredible list of Marvel characters they have inherited.


Fortunately, it seems that they are doing just that with the Avengers.


We know that the game takes place after Day A, the day when the Avengers are honored for their service to the community. However, this day of jubilation is quickly ruined, and our heroes are destroyed, which gives us a true feeling of Disarming.


Apparently, the heroes are back together and will have to face a new threat that was not revealed in the trailer.



Continuous content?


Crystal Dynamics emphasized the idea of a "continuous" game in a "constantly expanding world". All this content can reach PS4 first thanks to an agreement between Square Enix and Sony, but everything will be free on all platforms. The recent titles of games as a service, such as Destiny, Anthem and The Division 2 are not exactly praised for their first-level narratives, so we hope that the revelation confirms that the experience will not be diluted in favor of always durable income.



The cool and varied range of playable heroes.


Decades of comics and 22 films throughout 11 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe ensure that fans are well versed in many classic Marvel heroes. While we love Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor, we believe it is time to present some new and lesser-known faces in the Marvel Avengers.


Unfortunately, for whatever reason, Hawkeye was not part of the presentation and Hank Pym - a.k.an Ant Man - only got a supporting role.


We would love to see Khan take center stage, maybe even with other more recent Avengers, such as Iron Heart, Miles Morales, and Squirrel Girl. Why not?



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It is the largest Crystal Dynamics game


In a recent interview, the head of the Crystal Dynamics studio, Scott Amos, told GamesIndustry.biz that this is the developer's biggest game to date, which requires five studios from around the world to do:


"We had to change the way we work, how we organize as a team, the number of people we need to do this, the number of external partners ... We had to hire experts like Shaun Escayg, who is our creative director. He told stories for Uncharted and The Last of Us [in Naughty Dog], we needed him to help tell this story, Dave Fifield was a game director who worked on Halo and Call of Duty, we need you to help us with the multiplayer ", said Amos.


The five studies that work on the title are Crystal Dynamics at Redwood Shores, a new studio at Bellevue called Crystal North West, partners at Crystal Dynamics in the Netherlands, Nixxes, Eidos Montreal and even Square Enix Japan.



Our Verdict:


An excellent console complete with a fantastic catalog of AAA games, the reduced PS4 is better in almost every respect compared to the original, except for one notable exception.

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