In January 2017, publisher Square Enix announced it had signed a multi-title contract to produce games based on Marvel Comics properties. As part of the announcement, the studio teased the first of these, which it called The Avengers Project, with a few production details and a short teaser.
Over the following months, other little details have dropped concerning The Avengers Project and what we can expect. Let’s take a look at everything we know so far, and see what sort of picture it adds up to!
What is ‘The Avengers Project’?
The Avengers Project teaser doesn’t show much, aside from basic imagery of the Avengers symbols surrounded by destruction and a vague voiceover, which seems to hint that a tragedy has befallen the heroes. The trailer ends with the hashtag #Reassemble, which, again, indicates that the story has something to do with saving or salvaging the Avengers. Marvel’s initial description of The Avengers Project promises a completely original story, but the details of that story are scarce. Will it parallel the upcoming film, Avengers: Infinity War?
Following the trailer, game developer Crystal Dynamics said that the teaser contains “hidden secrets” related to the game, leading to speculation, but no concrete information.
We’re thrilled with the response to The Avengers project trailer, but are surprised fans haven’t uncovered its hidden secrets… #Reassemble
— CrystalD (@CrystalDynamics) February 9, 2017
Who’s making it?
In their announcement, Square Enix and Marvel said two specific studios are expected to lead development — Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal. This is a bit of mixed news. Crystal Dynamics is known for the recent 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider and its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider. Eidos Montreal is best known for the rebooted Deus Ex franchise, including 2016’s, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
Former Naughty Dog creative director Shaun Escayg may be involved in the game’s development. Escayg, who led development on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, announced his departure from Naughty Dog in January 2018, sharing an image of the Avengers logo captioned with “to new adventures” on his Instagram page. Escayg has otherwise offered no details on his next project.
When will we hear more?
Square Enix and Marvel said they will announce more details on The Avengers Project in 2018.
Update: Added information on former Naughty Dog director potentially joining game’s development.
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