Marvel and Square Enix both teased a ‘huge’ announcement last Wednesday, and this took the form of a brand new series of games based on The Avengers franchise.
A teaser trailer was released on YouTube, giving us little to go off of in terms of what the games will be about, and whether or not they will focus on stories from the films, or tell a brand new story.
To make matters worse, Square Enix says new details on the project will be revealed in 2018.
Why the long wait? By then, many people may have already forgotten about this announcement.
I figured I would take the week to de-construct the teaser trailer, and gather some intel to help explain what we already know, as well as what we can possibly expect or hope for from this Marvel-Square Enix partnership.
What we already know:
- Square Enix and Marvel Entertainment have formed a partnership, with a plan to create multiple games based on The Avengers franchise. Consider this a ‘better-late-than-never’ concept, as The Avengers have already been assembled on screen for the past five years.
- Based on what we’ve seen, we can expect some classic Avengers characters to appear, including The Hulk, Captain America, Thor and Iron Man.
- Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal are the lead developers behind the project. These companies are best known for their work on such action-adventure titles as Tomb Raider, Thief and Deus Ex.
- New details of the project will arrive in 2018. The next Avengers film, Infinity War, is also slated for a May 2018 release.
- The Avengers will ‘reassemble’…but what does this mean?
What we can expect, or hope to see:
TIMELINE: Seeing as the tagline for this unnamed project is ‘reassemble’, one can only assume that this game could take place between Captain America: Civil War, where we saw the heroes disassemble as a team, and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War film set for release in 2018.
STYLE: The hope is that this game will be fast-paced, with loads of action-adventure elements akin to games in the developers’ portfolio (i.e. Tomb Raider).
CHARACTERS: The Avengers project should definitely be a game with multiple playable characters at our disposal. With new film releases approaching (Captain Marvel) and films with characters who have already made their debut, but have yet to officially join the Avengers (Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man), one could only hope that we can play as all of these amazing characters, with all of their unique abilities at our disposal.
OPEN WORLD POTENTIAL: While the Tomb Raider, Thief and Deus Ex are not ‘open world’, one can expect that an Avengers-style game would involve the potential for open-world play, as previous Avengers films have seen our heroes travel the globe, battling in the big city of New York to the African community of Wakanda.
GREAT THINGS: With Triple-A names behind the development of this project, we can only expect great things, and therefore our expectations for this project should be much higher. Not only because you’ve got Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Marvel Entertainment, but because the Avengers brand is totally hot, and superheroes have dominated the film market for the last few years.
It’s sad that we have to wait so long for new news on this exciting project.
As a Marvel fanboy myself, I’ve always dreamed of playing as one of these characters, and wondered why we haven’t seen a true Avengers game. Perhaps it was due to the failure of such film-to-game concepts like Thor, Captain America and Iron Man that Marvel decided to keep its focus on the Entertainment side.
But with a new Marvel vs. Capcom game, a brand new Spider-Man game, and now an Avengers game project, it looks like Marvel is hoping to take the video game market by storm.
Watch the teaser trailer below:
UPDATE TO ARTICLE: Sources report that Eidos Montreal has cancelled a planned sequel to Deus Ex: Mankind Evolved, in favour of a Guardians of the Galaxy game that will be the second entry in Square Enix’s partnership with Marvel.