Marvel’s Avengers game coming in 2020 but it's not the MCU you remember...

The Marvel universe, now reassembled in video game form.

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The Avengers took over Twitter after a new game was revealed Monday evening at Square Enix's press conference during E3, the world's biggest video game conference.

We've heard very little about Square Enix's Avengers Project since its reveal two years ago, save for a tiny leak, but Marvel fans are accustomed to that kind of secrecy. At Square Enix's E3 press conference on June 10, the lid was lifted and fans got to see Marvel's Avengers for the first time. 

The trailer showed Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and Hulk -- but not the Marvel Cinematic Universe versions of themselves. More like loose approximations. There seemed to be mostly cinematics involved in the trailer, rather than gameplay, but it was hard to tell. Square Enix announced it is playable at their booth during E3. 

You can see it below:

The new game is being developed by Tomb Raider team Crystal Dynamics, in conjunction with Eidos Montreal.

Bill Rosemann, vice president and creative director at Marvel Games, was on hand at the press conference to announce that this would be Crystal Dynamics' "interpretation" of the iconic superheroes and they are "unique to the game", rather than a tie-in to the MCU characters we've come to know and love.

The voice cast is pretty impressive, assembling Troy Baker as Bruce Banner, Jeff Schine as Captain America, Travis Willingham as Thor, Laura Bailey as Black Widow and Nolan North as Tony Stark. The story follows Earth's mightiest heroes in an all-new story where the Avengers have been disassembled... and need to reassemble to, you guessed it, save the world from a big bad.

We also got a release date: May 15, 2020.  

A few extra details announced during the conference:

  • Single player and multiplayer co-op
  • No loot boxes and no pay to win
  • Every new superhero and every new region will be delivered at no additional cost. 
  • A sneak peek of Hank Pym was revealed with a short teaser right at the end of the press conference.

Looks like we'll most likely be seeing more news about this game over the next couple of days. Stay tuned!

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