After more than two years since it was first teased, Square Enix finally removed the curtain over Marvel’s Avengers, the first game in a multi-part, multi-year deal between the two companies.
The trailer (above), unveiled during Square Enix’s E3 2019 showcase, featured the game’s overall plot. Contrary to expectations though, this Avengers game is an all-new story, set in a Marvel Universe different from the MCU. Sorry MCU fans. No Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, or the rest of the MCU stars here. Even the character designs are slightly distinct from its MCU or comic book counterparts, like Captain America’s riot armor costume, and Thor’s more elegant-looking armor.
The game is set in a timeline years after the tragic events of “A-Day,” which caused the split of the team and the apparent loss of Captain America. During A-Day, a band of highly-armed terrorists caused some chaos over the Manhattan Bridge, which served as a distraction while the Avengers Helicarrier containing a “Terrigen” core was blown up. The impact of the explosion affected nearby New York and caused the deaths of thousands.
It’s worth noting that Marvel’s Avengers will be a service game, much like Destiny or Anthem. But unlike those aforementioned games, all the content like new areas and new characters will be free. Square Enix has promised that the game will have no paid additional content or pay-to-win microtransactions.
The heroes are backed by an amazing group of veteran voice actors too:
- Jeff Schine as Steve Rogers / Captain America
- Nolan North as Tony Stark / Iron Man
- Travis Willingham as Thor
- Troy Baker as Bruce Banner / Hulk
- Laura Bailey as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Developed by Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics, and published by Square Enix, Marvel’s Avengers will be out on May 15, 2020 for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia. Beta access and pre-order perks will be detailed later on.