Everything we know about Marvel’s Avengers, which is being developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix.

At E3 2019, two and a half years after announcement, Square Enix properly unveiled Marvel’s Avengers. The game is developed primarily by Tomb Raider creators Crystal Dynamics. It’ll also feature work from Eidos Montreal, responsible for both recent Deus Ex games and Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Nixxes Software.

This is the first part of what’s described as a “multi-year, multi-game partnership” between Square Enix and Marvel. Avengers won’t be the only Marvel game you’ll see from Square Enix, then.

When is Marvel’s Avengers coming out?

At E3 2019, Square Enix announced that Marvel’s Avengers will release on May 15, 2020 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia.

The previously leaked demo shown to press at E3 2019 and panel attendees at San Diego Comic-Con is finally live for anyone to watch. The demo covers the opening of the game, walking the player through a section with each of the four avengers.

Game Features.

From what we gather from Square’s press release, Marvel’s Avengers will have separate missions designed for single player and co-op. There will also be an extensive multiplayer component. “Master extraordinary abilities, customize a growing roster of Heroes, assemble into teams of up to four players, and defend the Earth from escalating threats,” the press release reads.

“Featuring regular content updates, the game will take players on an epic journey delivered over multiple years. This is what’s next for the Avengers.” This makes us think it’s probably going to be a Destiny-ish game with a lot of repeat play, but we’ll know more about this leading up to release. 

Who’s developing the game?

Crystal Dynamics, creators of Tomb Raider, with Eidos Montreal (creators of the last two Deus Ex games), Crystal Northwest, and Nexxes Software. Considering the game has big plans for post-launch content and multiplayer, it makes sense that so many hands are on deck to make Avengers work.

What we know so far.

After the E3 2019 reveal, we have a good idea of the kind of game Marvel’s Avengers will be. A balance between continuously singleplayer and co-op 3rd person ‘action-adventure’ game, with few RPG elements. You can unlock “powerful skills and new gear to build your ideal version of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.” Mention is also made of an ‘ever-expanding world under constant threat’. Could this be another entry on the growing list of ‘living games’? We’ll have to wait and see.

Some further details can be garnered through Crystal Dynamics’ careers page. The listing for a Camera Designer role (assuming this is for Avengers and not something else, which isn’t made clear by the page) mentions that the right candidate will ensure “a smooth and seamless player experience through a rich and epic narrative experience. A successful Camera Designer will be able to collaborate with Artists and Designers to create tools and camera solutions to create a dynamic and living world.” ‘Living world’ is usually a term we associate with open world games.

The same listing asks for someone with 3-5 years of working on “3rd person action adventure titles.” That’s a pretty vague steer as far as genres go, but it suggests this’ll be a third-person action game, which is clear from the trailer anyway.

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