Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have announced that Marvel’s Avengers has been delayed until September 4th, 2020. The game built around a core of building your ideal superhero team must have needed some more training time.
The new game has had plenty of potential, as we’ve seen in previous coverage. The gameplay looked fast and intricate, with lots of different characters from the comic properties being smashed together and brawling it out. Each character also has their own customization options and a storyline attached, adding plenty of replayability. There’s even a loot system in Marvel’s Avengers that allows for further customization. As you build out your hero stable, you can add new heroes to the team, taking on tougher missions.
On the deeper side of things, the heroes themselves undertake a series of Hero Missions that allow them to flex their muscles in combat, showing off various in-combat abilities. Each character has their own set of missions, and of course their own gear and abilities too. There are solo and multiplayer options, with the more difficult Warzone Missions being scaled by the number of players in a game. Each mission dynamically scales based on the team size and player level.
So seeing all of this get delayed deserves an explanation, and now we have one. As Crystal Dynamics stated:
“At Crystal Dynamics our ambition has always been to deliver the ultimate Avengers gaming experience. In order to achieve that goal, we have made the difficult decision to move the release date of Marvel’s Avengers to September 4, 2020.”
Marvel’s Avengers being delayed is bad news for fans, who were looking forward to it. Those pundits and critics who weren’t are seemingly a little less surprised by the delay though. Some were left a bit dazed by the reveal of the game, that seemingly only has bare threads of any tie-in to the monster Marvel film franchises that have kicked off the current wave of Marvel mania. The game that brings realistic versions of these iconic characters together should have more believable likenesses, and it doesn’t.
Fans are expecting that Crystal Dynamics will use this delay to both polish and improve the look and feel of the game, though that remains to be seen.