The collaboration of Marvel Entertainment and Square Enix was first announced back in January 2017, and it was confirmed as a multi-year, multi-game licensing agreement between the comic and movie giant corporation and the video game publisher. Their first game was then called simply The Avengers Project. Today a Twitter account has been set up, confirming the game title as Marvel's Avengers, and announcing a worldwide reveal of the game at Square Enix Live E3 2019 on June 10.
Tune into Square Enix Live E3 2019 for the worldwide reveal of Marvel’s Avengers.— Marvel's Avengers (@PlayAvengers) May 29, 2019
🗓️ The event - complete with closed captions – begins June 10 at 6PM PT: https://t.co/KNimbY3Ze7 #SquareEnixE3 #Reassemble pic.twitter.com/zYibKtcPS1
The 2017 announcement included a brief trailer of The Avengers Project, which is more of a teaser. It consists in showing brief segments of a few iconic artifacts of the Avengers, such as Thor's Mjölnir, Iron Man's gauntlet, Captain America's shield, all in a state of broken disrepair or defeat. Later in 2017, we reported that the game will likely be a third-person cover-based action-adventure game, which sounds about exactly what you would expect from a Marvel game. However, it's possible that the project has undergone some changes since then, as it usually happens with games in development.
Following the great success of Marvel's Spider-Man (Our Review), we can expect the game to be independent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unlike Spider-Man, however, it's very possible that Marvel's Avengers will include some sort of multiplayer mode, or at the very least a co-op mode, since this is a supergroup game after all. We'll definitely learn more about the title on June 10 during the Square Enix Live at E3 2019, which we will cover both on-site and online in real time. So stay tuned for more news.
Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal are both great studios and I'm sure they will do a great job with this game, just as Insomniac Games did, but it's odd that Marvel hasn't set up their own in-house game development studios instead. Not only they can afford it, but they would also have closer creative control of the games. It does make sense to outsource the franchises to experienced and established studios, but will these studios focus on the franchises in the long-term as in-house developers would? I guess we'll find out in the next few years.
Are you hyped for Marvel's Avengers? Are you hoping for a single-player action adventure like Marvel's Spider-Man or more of a co-op experience? Let us know in the comments below!