During the Marvel’s Avengers Panel at San Diego ComicCon 2019, Square Enix revealed that the demo footage for Marvel’s Avengers will be releasing online a week after Gamescom 2019; a massive gaming convention scheduled to run from August 20 to 24. Gematsu reports that it’s likely we’ll see the “A-Day” demo footage releasing sometime between August 26 to 30.
The official Twitter account for Marvel’s Avengers had live-tweeted the ComicCon panel since it hadn’t been livestreamed. In the thread, Creative Director Shaun Escayg discussed that Marvel’s Avengers is a story-driven, third-person action adventure game. Players can reassemble and build their Avengers roster in the single-player campaign, then battle solo or online alongside friends in new missions around the world. “You’ll customize Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and then harness their unique powers to defend the world from escalating threats for years to come.”
Shaun also revealed that the team would continue to iterate and polish the game until it was time to ship, and that the footage previewed at the panel was still very much a work in progress. When the footage goes live online in August, Shaun promises that it will be more polished.
The demo showcased the Avengers during A-Day, which was meant to be a day of celebration that ends in tragedy. This event acts as the prologue for the game, and introduces players to the Avengers and how they control. After the prologue is finished, the world opens up for exploration with the Helicarrier acting as your base of operations. It’s from here that players can choose between single-player and co-op missions. Players can also unlock powerful new skills, gear and outfits to customize their heroes.
Shaun also took a moment to clarify a common question online: “This is a story-driven game, with certain missions designed for specific heroes, and many can be played using any available Hero in your roster. In the post-campaign world, play missions with any available Hero in your roster to defend the Earth from escalating threats. We’ll have more details about the campaign and co-op play, and how it all works, in the future!”
The demo, as described by the official Twitter thread:
“First up, The God of Thunder! Thor is the first to arrive at Golden Gate Bridge to help civilians and deal with the masked men wreaking havoc. He performs a variety of heavy and light attacks, both on the ground and in the air. Fan-favorite moments include Thor pinning an enemy in place with Mjolnir and leaving him suspended while finishing off other enemies with his fists. Calling his hammer back, Thor swirls it at an incredible speed to create a radial wind blast – one of his “Heroic” abilities.
Iron Man now flies across the ruins of the Golden Gate bridge, deftly dodging rockets as he speeds towards the threat. His pulsar blasts and micro rockets take out grounded and airborne enemies. Tony’s Heroic Unibeam Blast deals massive damage to a group of assailants.
Hulk’s up next, jumping out of the quinjet piloted by Black Widow. His goal is to take out the Pulsar Tanks causing massive damage below. Immediately upon landing, he picks up an enemy and uses him as a melee weapon against other nearby enemies. The crowd loves this move! Fan favorite moment – after arriving at the Pulsar tank, Hulk picks it up, flips it over, and kicks the driver out of sight. We’re sure he’s fine.
As the other Avengers try to secure the Golden Gate Bridge, Captain America is investigating why the Helicarrier autopilot has activated. The helicarrier is infiltrated by enemies, and Cap takes them on with a barrage of melee attack combos. We love Cap’s Heroic, which bounces his shield between nearby enemies and stuns them. His next move is equally impressive, with Cap slamming his shield to the ground and causing major damage to anyone in close proximity.
Back at the bridge, Black Widow confronts a newly arrived threat – Taskmaster – who brought a sonic disruptor bomb to the party. Taskmaster takes to the air, which doesn’t hinder Natasha’s pursuit. She jumps on his back and throws punches till the villain is grounded. Back on (semi) solid ground, Black Widow attacks Taskmaster with her wide array of acrobatic abilities and weapons, including electrified batons. Her Heroic cloaks her with invisibility, allowing Natasha to best Taskmaster’s photographic reflexes.
Despite their efforts, the Avengers realize the real target wasn’t the bridge, but the helicarrier. The helicarrier explodes with Captain America on it, and sinks to the bottom of the Bay. A-Day sets the stage for the rest of the game. Blamed for the tragedy, the Avengers disband. Five years later, with all Super Heroes outlawed and the world in peril, the only hope is to reassemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.”
Additionally, details regarding the early PlayStation 4 beta will be announced “in the months to come.” Similarly, information on the collector’s edition and where fans can preorder it will be announced before the end of the year, and will feature a Captain America statue created by Gentle Giant.
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Marvel’s Avengers is scheduled to release on May 15, 2020, on PlayStation 4, Xbox, Stadia and PC.