Marvel’s Avengers had its big debut at E3 2019, but Crystal Dynamics and publisher Square Enix have kept the public showings of it strictly cinematic. That has changed now with a full 18-minute capture of the “A-Day” prologue mission released at Gamescom.
As noted in previous behind-closed-door presentations, the Avengers game has you taking control of the five main team members: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Black Widow. The introductory stage both sets the story in motion and introduces the mechanics of each character. Cap is a brawler with his boomerang-like shield, Black Widow is a combination of melee and gun-play, Thor uses his lightning attacks, Iron Man flies, and Hulk, of course, smashes. The trailer gives a good look at all of them, including an extended boss battle against Taskmaster as Black Widow.
The presentation at E3 received a mixed reaction, perhaps in part because the public didn’t get to see actual gameplay. Even behind closed doors we were left with some lingering questions, especially around the online component and microtransactions. The game’s follow-up at SDCC shed more light on co-op play.
Marvel’s Avengers is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One relatively soon, on May 15, 2020. Crystal Dynamics is getting an assist from Eidos Montreal, which is also working on the game.
In fellow Marvel game news, Sony recently acquired Insomniac, the studio behind the hit Spider-Man game. While Marvel’s Avengers is multiplatform, Spider-Man was a PlayStation 4 exclusive. Sony has hinted it may still allow its studios to develop multiplatform games, as the situation demands.