2019-06-11

Marvel's Avengers Game: The Internet Is Not Being Kind To Square Enix's E3 2019 Reveal Trailer


A new "Avengers" game was unveiled for the first time on Monday night — it's called "Marvel's Avengers," and it's headed to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia, and PC.

As the name implies, you'll control one of several "Avengers" characters.

Only a handful of those characters are announced as appearing in the game thus far: Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, The Hulk, and Captain America.
The characters aren't based on the movie versions, as you can see below:
 What the game actually is remains to be seen — a teaser trailer offers a taste of some drama between the characters following a tragic event.

A description on the YouTube trailer offers a better idea of what to expect: "an epic action-adventure game that combines cinematic storytelling with single-player and co-operative gameplay."
Square Enix’s Avengers game finally has a trailer, revealed this evening during the publisher’s E3 2019 press conference. The game was first announced two and a half years ago, when Marvel Entertainment revealed it was working with Square Enix and its studios Eidos Montréal (Deus Ex) and Crystal Dynamics, the developer behind the Tomb Raider reboot. News about the title has been sparse in the years since, but tonight we got our first look the superhero game and a lot more details.

Notably, the character models for the Avengers are drastically different than their Marvel Cinematic Universe counterparts. So no Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark or Chris Evans as Captain America. Instead, Crystal Dynamics has created custom looks for each character. The plot line seems to very loosely borrow some narrative threads from Marvel films like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. In the game, the Avengers are blamed for an attack and question the responsibility and accountability of superheroes in modern society. Yet it sounds like the storyline will be unique to the Marvel universe.
Among the playable characters includes Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor. Crystal Dynamics as recruited some notable voice acting talent, including Troy Baker and Nolan North, to voice the five heroes. The studio says the game will have four-player, online co-op play, and there will also be numerous games in the series, with a multi-year planned for the narrative. The game will be available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia, and it’s releasing on May 15th, 2020.
Square Enix finally gave the world a good look at its upcoming Avengers game (titled Marvel's Avengers) at E3 2019, and probably didn't get the full reaction from the internet it might have liked. The game doesn't feature the likenesses of the Marvel Cinematic Universe actors who fans might have grown accustomed to over the last ten years, and that resulted in the character designs getting dragged on social media.

The reveal was the last thing shown during Square's press conference at E3 2019 and finally showed something of the game that's being worked on by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos. Despite an extended look at Avengers, things are still pretty cryptic: though it seems to be a third-person action game, it's not especially clear how it plays. We do know that it's an original Avengers story (the same way Insomniac's recent game, Marvel's Spider-Man, was divorced from existing storylines). And it seems that Captain America buys it early in the game, with the story picking up five years later after they disband in response to taking the blame for destroying a big part of San Francisco.

There was plenty of news included in the presentation, including an upcoming Avengers beta coming to PS4 first and its release date. While the action is cinematic in the game's trailer and Square Enix's announcement included details like cooperative gameplay, free post-release DLC, and an all-star voice cast that includes Troy Baker, Laura Bailey, Nolan North, Travis Willingham, and Jeff Schine, it was the character designs that captured imaginations.

It's not just that the MCU actors' likenesses weren't used--although that was part of the reaction. Captain America's riot officer body armor and Thor's weird headlight shirt were among the issues many seemed to take with the designs. There were also plenty of people wondering where Hawkeye is. You can check out some of the meanest (or funniest) reactions below.

We've got plenty more E3 2019 coverage throughout the show, including rundowns of all the news out of the Square Enix press conference, and all the other press conferences, too--be sure to check back throughout the week for news, previews, and impressions from gaming's biggest show.

    Wow, this Avengers video game parody looks amazing
    — Charlotte Ariel Finn (@CharlotteBeyond) June 11, 2019

    Well, they finally announced the avengers games, oh boy, that announcement was something else, haha#SquareEnixE3 #Avengers pic.twitter.com/JdCw44Bidw
    — Eriksson (@MedinaEriksson) June 11, 2019

    I see why Hawkeye didn't show up. pic.twitter.com/8mSOD57RYK
    — smilesmorales 🌹 (@mode7heaven) June 11, 2019

    marvel fans pretending tony stark and captain america look good in the new avengers game pic.twitter.com/17oKLzfLZi
    — 🌸alexis moore💖💙💜 (@alexisparade) June 11, 2019

    live look at me watching Square Enix's AVENGERS game trailer at the precise moment where I realized they didn't get likeness rights for any of the actors pic.twitter.com/FMAGpV7c9p
    — Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) June 11, 2019

    Avengers game pic.twitter.com/wRq0Tx6OYG
    — Riv(ers) (@TheyCallMeRiv) June 11, 2019

    Marvel's Avengers (Dev. Crystal Dynamics.) pic.twitter.com/VrbnlM4zE1
    — Matt Kim (@LawofTD) June 11, 2019

    Tony Stark vs. Toney Stank #E32019 #SquareEnixE3 #Avengers pic.twitter.com/Ny3vohvK8l
    — Glendrino Juevos (@Bust0pher_J0nes) June 11, 2019

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