Square Enix recently confirmed that Marvel’s Avengers, otherwise known as The Avengers Project, is set for a worldwide reveal during the company’s annual E3 showcase. Announced two years ago, the game is still mostly shrouded in mystery, though a leak suggests that it could be a third-person action-adventure title. While we don’t know a lot about Marvel’s Avengers at the time of this writing, the following are a few features we hope to see during the upcoming presentation.
Marvel’s Avengers Reveal | Playable superheroes
The aforementioned teaser trailer from 2017 gives fans a glimpse of Bruce Banner’s glasses, Thor’s hammer Mjölnir, Iron Man’s robotic hand, and Captain America’s shield before revealing the Avengers’ logo and a hashtag that reads “Reassemble.” One can assume that Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal will have players rotate between the heroes and that each will have his own unique combat style. Iron Man may be able to fly and shoot projectiles, for instance, while Captain America may be able to take down foes up close. Fans may be given the freedom to switch characters in the midst of battle during single-player or assign themselves one hero when in a four-player multiplayer team.
When taking the recent leak’s mention of customizable heroes into consideration, players may be able to level up their preferred mascots and upgrade their powers throughout the course of the game. This could also mean that fans will make their own characters and outfit them with attributes they’ve learned or acquired from each Avenger. Whatever the case may be, Square Enix needs to show how players will interact with each superhero if the company hopes for Marvel’s Avengers to make a splash at E3.
Marvel’s Avengers Reveal | Iconic locations
Part of what makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe so exciting is its the spectacular set pieces. Marvel’s Avengers could give fans an opportunity to revisit some of the franchise’s most iconic locations so that they can relive the Battle of New York, the Battle of Sokovia, or the Avengers’ final showdown with Thanos. That’s not to say that the game should focus solely on emulating the film universe’s clashes, as places like Asgard or the Avengers’ headquarters could serve as backdrops for bases of operation for multiplayer teams to figure out where they should head to next.
While Square Enix would be wise to save some locations for players to discover themselves, a brief overview of where fans can expect to fight can help elaborate the game’s plot and shed light on what additional characters may appear.
Marvel’s Avengers Reveal | Multiplayer
Last week’s leak mentioned Marvel’s Avengers would feature “continuous single-player and co-operative gameplay” and take place in an “ever-expanding world.” This indicates that the game may borrow elements from Destiny, The Division 2, and Anthem in that players will be able to complete missions together in an in-game universe that’s constantly being updated and tweaked. While a main campaign may be included, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal may introduce community events and post-game content to keep fans engaged after they’ve completed the story.
A look into how teams can tackle missions together and how each member can play a unique role in battle may help differentiate Marvel’s Avengers from the get-go. The reveal could play out similarly to how Ubisoft and EA revealed The Division and Anthem, respectively, with a squad of real-life players interacting with one another in order to foil Loki’s siege of New York or Thanos’ attack on Wakanda.
Given the skepticism that players have had toward live-service games recently, Square Enix can assuage fears by being upfront with its plans early. Though it’s likely the company will reveal a roadmap closer to release, having one sooner rather than later can show its willingness to alter the game according to community feedback.
Marvel’s Avengers Reveal | A compelling narrative
Should Marvel’s Avengers adopt a live service model, there’s a good chance it may not be as narrative-driven as Marvel’s Spider-Man. This being said, Square Enix and the game’s developers would be wise to show off some of the “cinematic storytelling” hinted at by the leak. Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man may be fun to play as in battle, but having some indication that these characters will build relationships with one another can be a great thing. This human element is part of what makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe so successful, after all.
With Avengers: Endgame still fresh in the minds of many fans, Marvel’s Avengers could present its own daunting challenges and fearsome foes for Earth’s mightiest heroes to take on. Galactus is a particularly menacing opponent that Marvel’s entertainment enterprises haven’t featured enough of. Given the theme of reassembling, players could be tasked with gathering every Avenger together for one last bought to save the universe from the Devourer of Worlds.
Some heroes could die permanently at the hands of Silver Surfer or other villains, propelling the player and his or her friends to delve further into the plot. Of course, with this possibly being a live service game, new characters could appear to aid or impede one’s progress. All of these could make the story a more unique tale while also showing the game’s commitment to narrative.
With Avengers: Endgame smashing box office records and Marvel’s Spider-Man selling faster than any other PlayStation 4 exclusive before it, it’s no wonder why Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics, and Eidos Montreal are taking their time to deliver Marvel’s Avengers. Here’s hoping that it lives up to the pedigree that Marvel has established so far and that Hulk gets to smash a few more things this time.