There were lots of exciting things shown off at the first War Table stream for Marvel’s Avengers, but it’s now been confirmed that the game will launch with six Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, The Hulk and Ms Marvel who will all take part in the main campaign.
Speaking to Combat Director, Vince Napoli who comes to Crystal Dynamics from his work on God Of War (2018), he wanted to make it clear that whilst the main campaign will focus on the origin story and Kamala Khan, there will be new stories, new villains and more heroes added as they continue to tell the saga of AIM and new threats.
“That begins at launch as well. That’s not like a teaser campaign for something happening later. These new things will come at launch” Napoli said.
There’s one thing that I’m more confident in after Marvel’s Avengers first War Table stream. The combat looks a lot more balanced and less repetive that the last time we got to see it with each of the six Avengers being quite deep in terms skill-sets.
Speaking about past experiences, Napoli said “The thing we’ve been able to pull of here is six fully-fledged characters. The skill trees are massive, the perks are massive. There’s no way we could have done this if we hadn’t pulled from the whole experience of the entire team. We’ve had to essentially create a full shooter and a flight shooter on top of a full melee game on top of a cooperative multiplayer game. I couldn’t have made this game, even five years ago, there’s just no way”
Speaking specifically to the concern from fans around combat from previous demos that were shown off, Napoli said: “We haven’t unveiled a lot of the advanced enemies. There’s different types of superhero moments. There’s overpowering lots of enemies, where you’ll feel heroic .. There’s other times where we don’t even think you’ll be able to tackle these enemies during the campaign play through. You’ll need to level these guys up, find lots of gear, and we’ll keep introducing more enemies in the Warzones and challenges”.
Marvel’s Avengers releases on September 4th for PS4, Xbox One and PC. PS5 and Xbox Series X releases are coming later this year as free upgrades to those who purchase on current gen consoles.