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All Articles: The Avengers: Battle For Earth
With the 2012 E3 Expo over, the arguments over which of the Big Three “won” E3 have just begun. But no one can deny that from all the developers, it was Ubisoft who stole the show with the likes of Assassin’s Creed III and the surprising ZombiU for Nintendo’s new console. However, the company also showed a trailer for its upcoming Marvel Comics title, The Avengers: Battle For Earth.
The ambitious title is a beat ‘em up utilizing motion controls, and is being designed to be played with either the Wii U or the Xbox 360’s Kinect sensor. There will be initially be twenty playable characters, which will not be limited to those who appear in the film, as the game is instead based on Marvel’s 2008 comic book event Secret Invasion, which saw the shape-shifting Skrulls infiltrating superhero teams from the entire Marvel universe. While Brian Michael Bendis, the writer of that story arc, is not involved, the great and often hilarious Peter David, writer of the Multiple-Man led “X-Factor” comic, is working with Ubisoft on the storyline.
Since it is not attached to the movie, fan favourites such as Spider-Man and Wolverine will be involved in the action. My fingers are crossed that Wade Wilson, the Merc with a Mouth known as Deadpool, will make a wise-cracking appearance. While the full roster has still to be revealed, the E3 demo showed off the ability to tag up to two other players in, allowing the initial character to regenerate some health.
It is not known how the Wii U version will differ from the Xbox 360 game, or how it will utilize the new Wii U GamePad, but it’ll be available this Fall.
Well that didn’t take long.
Three days after Marvel confirmed that an Avengers game was in the works, Ubisoft has gone and announced The Avengers: Battle For Earth. The game will be released this Fall as a Kinect-required Xbox 360 game and for the Wii U as part of its launch lineup.
“We are excited to team up with Marvel Entertainment to bring some of the most iconic comic book characters from the Marvel line-up to life in motion-gaming,” said Geoffroy Sardin, Ubisoft EMEA Marketing and Sales Director at Ubisoft. “Fans of the Marvel universe and superhero games are going to love the extensive combinations of characters, motion-controlled moves and competitive gameplay.”
The Avengers: Battle For Earth will take its storyline from 2008’s “Secret Invasion” arc and star 20 different Marvel characters including Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, and Thor… in other words, The Avengers.
With over $200 million in box office business, The Avengers has scored the biggest theatrical opening ever. So where’s the video game adaptation? According to Marvel, it’s coming. Scratch that, according to Forbes, multiple Avengers games are coming.
“We launched Marvel: Avengers Alliance on Facebook; which is just the tip of the iceberg,” said TQ Jefferson, Vice President of Games Production for Marvel. “This is the first in a much larger effort to support the Avengers franchise across not just one but multiple video game touch points. The Avengers are bigger than just one game, and we’re planning to allow consumers to enjoy The Avengers regardless of their preference in gameplay style or platform. Look for more announcements in the weeks to come.”
What happens in a few weeks? The 2012 E3 Expo, of course. It’s likely that an Avengers game will be announced at the big show, possibly for a Fall launch alongside the Blu-ray/DVD release of The Avengers. The first game based on The Avengers film/comic book will likely be titled Avengers: Battle For Earth, as Internet sleuths recently discovered a domain registration for AvengersBattleForEarth.com by Ubisoft.
Other Avengers action will hit your platform of choice in 2013 and 2014 as the Forbes report also confirmed that Disney’s video game arm is hard at work on projects based on Iron Man 3, Captain America 2, and Thor 2.