01/26/2017

Disney And Square-Enix Announce Avengers Game and More

Disney/Marvel is finally taking a stab at an Avengers game.Even now as the Batman Arkham rule the roost when it comes to comic book based video games, everyone always wondered why we never got a full fledged Avengers type game. The closest we got were last gen attempts from Marvels Ultimate Alliance and its sequel Ultimate Alliance 2 and the Lego versions. I mean it’s not like the company didn’t go the path of video game movie tie-ins which universally stink. Clearly something needed to change.

When Disney bought Marvel back in 2009, a unified front was the dream. Disney had a video game division and the means to put some serious $$ behind it. Sadly this future never came to pass and when films like The Avengers came out, many wondered where was the game tie in? Thankfully the company saw the trend and opted to not even bother if time and money were going to be key problems when putting out a product that was going to be less than average. Fast forward to 2016 and Disney had officially shut down their game division and shuttering Avalanche Software, the makers of Disney Infinity.

Disney has made a lot of money when it comes to knowing what people want and while it took them longer than any of us would like, it looks like the realized the best future is with a huge game company like Square-Enix. Today we got a fancy trailer that looked pretty but didn’t tell us all that much aside from, Marvel is working with Square to make an Avengers game. All we have is this description:

The Avengers project is being designed for gamers worldwide and will be packed with all the characters, environments, and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise. Featuring a completely original story, it will introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come.

Vague sure, but if we dissect this statement, it sounds like Marvel is cool with Square-Enix creating its own universe for developers to play in. The first game coming out is tentatively titled The Avengers Project. With #Reassemble getting tossed around as the buzzword, the goal looks like it’s all about getting the team back together. The trailer also name drops Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal which were behind the Tomb Raider reboot and the Deus Ex titles.

Obviously we won’t be expecting an actual game from the company anytime soon but hopefully we’ll see something at this years E3 in the summer.

 

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