Prior to E3, it was well known that Square Enix was planning to officially reveal its game based on Marvel’s Avengers. As such, seeing the familiar heroes at their press conference came as no surprise.

We knew it was coming. We simply didn’t know what kind of game it would be.

Unsurprisingly, Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers is an action-adventure game. It’s one that prioritizes storytelling, and promotes being able to live out your superhero dreams through interactive gameplay. As such, fans can look forward to mastering extraordinary abilities, customizing a growing roster of heroes, assembling into teams of up to four players and defending the Earth from escalating threats.

Marvel’s Avengers begins at A-Day, where Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor are unveiling a hi-tech Avengers Headquarters in San Francisco — including the reveal of their own helicarrier powered by an experimental energy source. The celebration turns deadly when a catastrophic accident results in massive devastation. Blamed for the tragedy, the Avengers disband. Five years later, with all Super Heroes outlawed and the world in peril, the only hope is to reassemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

“Crystal Dynamics is one of the industry’s most talented and respected game development studios, and we couldn’t be more excited about their ambitious vision for Marvel’s Avengers,” said Jay Ong, EVP, Head of Games at Marvel Entertainment. “It will thrill our fans and serve as a key part of Marvel’s storytelling, delivering an authentic and innovative take on our heroes as never been seen before. This game is what’s next for the Avengers.”

Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal promise a high octane story, as well as regular content updates that are aimed to keep people playing.

“As super fans, working with Marvel and these characters is a dream come true and we are excited to finally reveal Marvel’s Avengers to the world,” said Scot Amos, Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “This is our original take on these iconic Super Heroes. Leveraging our companies’ combined experience in epic action-adventure storytelling, we’re building a universe that fans will immerse themselves in for years to come.”

“We’ve assembled world-class developers from across the industry to bring players on an unforgettable journey,” said Ron Rosenberg, Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “To ensure a truly heroic experience for all players, we’re announcing that our narrative will be delivered over multiple years, with no random loot boxes or pay-to-win scenarios. Every new Super Hero and region will be delivered to players at no additional cost if you own the core game. This is just the beginning of what we’ve got in store for our fans.”

Marvel’s Avengers will assemble on May 15th, 2020, and has an exclusive partnership with Sony. Details pertaining to that deal have yet to be revealed, though.

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