Square Enix has been toiling away on an Avengers game for years now and all we’ve had to take as confirmation of this was a small teaser trailer released about two years ago. The original teaser was little more than a good faith offer that someone was working on something involving the Avengers. Well, yesterday, at E3, we got out first look at a gameplay trailer featuring the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and probably a short list of other Disney-approved heroes.
The trailer, as a concept, works very well. It shows that the player will get to possibly choose their own Avenger and take part in a multi-sided mission involving a bridge collapse in San Fransisco, many stranded civilians, an exploding Helicarrier and…Taskmaster?
I’m going to be honest with you here, I think this trailer is very underwhelming. I’m no developer and I don’t want to take anything away from their hard work, but this trailer looks so detailed and cluttered that it hurts the eye to take it all in. I get a lot of Bloodborne vibes from it where everything is so detailed that it just looks ugly. Plus, I’m really tired of everything needing to resemble the MCU. I know that Marvel makes the bulk of it’s income from the movie side of things, but that should be an incentive to shake things up a bit since your bread and butter doesn’t come from comic book readers anymore.
(plus I’m not a fan that this game is seemingly telling an Endgame-style story instead of something wholly original)
All of my feelings about this trailer are kind of shut down when the cast was revealed yesterday. Nolan North, Laura Bailey and Troy Baker need no introduction and can be guaranteed not to phone in a performance in search of a paycheck. Troy Baker’s excitement for playing Bruce Banner is incredibly infectious when you find out he’s never portrayed Banner before.
Avengers has a targeted release date of May 2020 but is not yet available for pre-order.
Oh, and apparently, the crowd at E3 was loudly chanting “Where’s Hawkeye” and the developers almost shit themselves. #whereshawkeye