Don’t expect the Avengers to assemble at the press of a button anytime soon.
In an interview with IGN, TQ Jefferson, Marvel’s head of games, said an Avengers video game will arise “when we have the right partner.”
Stressing the importance of an Avengers game staying true to the characters and having a compelling story, Jefferson mentioned some of the poorly-received titles like Thor and Captain America – though the two Iron Man games were far worse than Captain America – adding they influenced Marvel’s decision to hold off on an Avengers title.
“We got a bloody nose on both of those,” he told IGN.
This simple acknowledgment of past failures, and the fact that an Avengers video game wasn’t rushed to release alongside the movie itself are admirable steps in the right direction.
Personally, I would love to see an RPG-themed Avengers game, similar to the Marvel Ultimate Alliance titles, but there are other ways an Avengers title could function. Character development was not exactly something the MUA titles excelled at, so tweaks would have to be made to this formula if it were used. Despite MUA 2’s mediocrity, the fusion powers were insanely fun to pull off, and would be an excellent gameplay mechanic with Avengers. Sure there wouldn’t be as many characters to combine powers with, but as the game progresses, you unlock more powerful combinations, perhaps based off of the relationships you develop within super heroic roster. Just a thought.
We’re likely going to have to wait a while for something like this to emerge, but earlier this week, Marvel revealed Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, featuring The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and more. It’s set to release in the fall later this year.