Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2 has officially launched across mobile platforms today after an extensive beta available only to players in Denmark and Australia. Western audiences clamoring for a way to level their favorite heroes no longer have to rely on emulators and VPN services, today’s launch is extending the chance to play to a global audience. Following the hugely successful Marvel: Avengers Alliance by game developer Playdom, the sequel features a more robust experience with new modes, new heroes with a greater range of customization, PvP tournament battles, and fully animated 3D graphics.
Much like the original Avengers Alliance, the sequel is a turn-based RPG centered around collecting and strengthening a constantly evolving roster of heroes and villains as players make their way through both iconic and original Marvel storylines. While only three characters are active on the battlefield, a spare fourth can tap into battle, replacing wounded allies or filling in for sudden weaknesses. Players will go up against powerful enemies lead by villains like M.O.D.O.K. and signature Guardians of the Galaxy antagonist, Ronan the Accuser. Along the way, they will earn gear and even cash shop currency to purchase new heroes with, and new abilities that customize their team with. Heroes, however, cannot be purchased directly, either by free players or those willing to invest in the cash shop, all playable characters instead having a chance to drop from a slot machine with some also earnable through events and PvP tournaments.
Unlike the previous game, Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2 is developed by Marvel Entertainment, a direct branch of Disney and its brandname comics. While game producer Justin Woods has stated in an interview with Comics Alliance that support will continue for the original game, both he and creative director Scott Rudi seem keen on surpassing it as quickly as possible, touting the deep connection to ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe storylines revolving around upcoming Captain Amercia: Civil War movie and its roots in the current Civil War II comics. Thanos’ story within the Avengers Alliance universe takes the forefront in one of their trailers, and both developers state in said interview that this decision was in part to provide continuity between the first and sequel games, offering a sense of familiarity for long-time players while newer players can dive in on a new, branching story without feeling left out.
Woods and Rudi further boasted about expanding the roster at a tremendous rate, exceeding Avengers Alliance’s turnout as their total hero roster nears 40 with the worldwide launch. Unfortunately, it seems that no X-Men characters are currently planned, yet more fuel for media-wide speculation on the downgrading of “mutant” character importance as a consequence of the ongoing feud between Marvel and Fox over film rights. The roster soft launch included fan favorites like Iron Man, Daredevil, Black Widow, She-Hulk, and Aldriff Odinsdottir, otherwise known as recently acquired Neil Gaiman creation “Angela”, originally from Spawn comics. Since then, playable heroes have grown to include iconic characters like Vision and Electro, as well as very unlikely candidates for playable such as Heimdall and Yondu. Promised also are the addition of Inhuman characters, a mysterious race of super-powered entities that have long existed in isolation in the comics, but have recently become a more mainstream topic of discussion thanks to their birth on Marvel’s Agents of Shield.
Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2 is available on iPhone, Android, Amazon and Windows Phone device stores, free to download with in-app purchases, and an option to earn free gold by allowing advertising. Spins on the wheel for chance to earn a hero cost 25 Gold, though the wheel may also give skills and other items instead. For those of you who are interested, we’ve listed some details on the in-app purchases below
Top In-App Purchases (iPhone Store):
- Starter Bundle $9.99
- Cache of Gold $19.99
- Shipment of Gold $9.99
- Crate of Gold $4.99
- Case of Gold $1.99
- Vault of Gold $99.99
In-App Purchases (Android):
- 12 Gold – $1.99
- 32 Gold – $4.99
- 68 Gold – $9.99
- 140 Gold – $19.99
- 360 Gold – $49.99
- 750 Gold – $99.99
Are you interested in Marvel Avengers Alliance 2? Do you think the choice to develop it inhouse instead of having Playdom do so will work out? What do you think of the in-app purchases? Share your thoughts in the comments below!