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In 2019, the Infinity Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe reached its epic conclusion with Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. The next movie on the MCU slate is the long-awaited Black Widow standalone movie, coming to cinemas on 1 May 2020.
Developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers game was set to launch on 15 May 2020, linking in with the Black Widow movie nicely. However, the development team has now announced that the Marvel’s Avengers release date has been pushed back by just less than four months.
In a press release from Crystal Dynamics penned “To our fans,” the team has stated that they’ve had to make “the difficult decision to move the release date of Marvel’s Avengers” to 4 September 2020.
Marvel’s Avengers is set for release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and may even join the Google Stadia range of games if the streaming service is still running.
While it’s never nice for fans to see a game’s release date be pushed back, if it means that the game will be in a complete state when launched, the developers should always opt to release later if necessary.
In fact, given the early 2020 slate of games coming out, Marvel’s Avengers being moved back to 4 September may be a blessing in disguise. Here’s what you need to know.
Marvel’s Avengers to be its own original story
As stated in Crystal Dynamics’ announcement to push back the Marvel’s Avengers release date, the game will feature “an original story-driven campaign, engaging co-op, and compelling content.”
Even though the Square Enix-published game features its own original story and doesn’t draw from the MCU, in the upcoming movie and game, Black Widow faces supervillain Taskmaster.
As the title suggests, the headline characters are the core members of the Avengers, just as they were in the MCU. This story, however, sees Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and Black Widow fight a losing battle during a superhero celebration event known as A-Day – the fallout of which is blamed on the Avengers.
Five years after the events of A-Day, Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM) have taken over, but an inhuman by the name of Kamala Khan (Ms Marvel) tries to uncover the truth behind the conspiracies made against the Avengers.
Khan boasts some incredible powers of her own and is said to add to the original story of the game through her unique perspective. She’s both a fan of the disbanded superhero team and has the potential to become a hero herself.
In gameplay footage, it has been shown that, at least during the A-Day conflict, you will play as Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, the Hulk, and Captain America. After the time jump, you will then play as Kamala Kahn.
Each superhero has their own set of skills and abilities, with Thor’s gameplay looking a bit like that of Kratos with the Leviathan Axe in the latest God of War game.
As Iron Man, there’s more flying around and shooting energy bolts, while the Hulk is all melee, with punching, and grabbing, and throwing, and smashing, and the general destruction of everything in the way.
Cap’s shield-throwing mechanics look very interesting, especially when combined with hand-to-hand combat, as does Black Widow’s combination of fast-paced fighting and evading with pull-out guns for ranged attacks.
There’s a lot to get excited about in this game, and with the extra development time, Marvel’s Avengers should live up to its lofty potential.
As much as fans won’t enjoy having to wait until 4 September for the highly-anticipated Marvel game, gamers’ wallets may be thankful for the newfound breather.
Marvel’s Avengers pushed back to a less-clustered release window
With such a huge IP behind Marvel’s Avengers as well as the likes of Eidos Montreal, Crystal Dynamics, and Square Enix bringing the title to market, the game could face off even the strongest opposition. However, with such a clustered game release schedule around the planned 15 May release date, the push back was certainly a good idea.
At the start of April, we’ll see Resident Evil 3 and Final Fantasy VII Remake launch. Then, one month before the initial release date of Marvel’s Avengers, on 16 April, Cyberpunk 2077 will smash its way onto the shelves.
The CD Projekt Red game is one of the, if not the biggest of the year and will undoubtedly dominate channels for weeks after its release – if it lives up to the lofty standards of its developers and the rich lore established by the universe’s creator, Mike Pondsmith.
On top of these three in the month prior, Dying Light 2 is slated for a spring release, with The Last of Us: Part II coming on 29 May. As such, Marvel’s Avengers was facing some unnecessarily strong competition.
The 4 September release date currently looks like a far better time to hit the market. It’s in the sweet spot that’s currently not featuring another major title, and it comes out with plenty of time before the November wave of games is released.
November also looks set to see the next generation of consoles come out with their new launch titles. With Marvel’s Avengers now sitting at the start of September, other publishers may think twice about placing their release dates in the same window due to the appeal of the Marvel game.
Not only will postponing the Marvel’s Avengers release date hopefully bring about a much better product at launch, but it’ll also give gamers’ wallets a welcomed break from the onslaught of top titles slated to come out during its original release window.