Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ Marvel’s Avengers War Table live stream presentation took place earlier today, and it revealed a lot of exciting new details about the upcoming game.
Marvel’s Avengers Thor Gameplay
The new Marvel’s Avengers gameplay trailer focuses on one of the Hero Missions in the game, which puts the spotlight on specific heroes in the single-player campaign. In this case, the mission’s name is Once An Avenger, featuring Thor who only just picked up his hammer Mjolnir again after having abandoned it ever since A-Day.
Players can string together light and heavy attacks for combos, as well as utilize the skills and abilities of the heroes they choose. For example, Thor has a Manual Targeting skill, allowing him to lock on to enemies and throw his hammer before having it return to him.
Charging the Heroic Meter will enable players to unleash one of three types of Heroic Moves, including Assault, Support and Ultimate. For instance, Thor’s Ultimate Heroic Move has him summoning the full might of the Bifrost Bridge come crashing down on enemies.
Marvel’s Avengers MODOK & Super-Adaptoid
Another important detail that the developer finally unveiled is the main antagonist of Marvel’s Avengers, who will be none other than M.O.D.O.K. (Mechanized Organism Designed Only For Killing) AKA George Tarleton. He is the leader of the evil organization, A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics). His powers and abilities include psionic powers (generating force fields and shooting lasers), and the fact that he is a genius.
We already know that MODOK and AIM will be the villains, but there was one other interesting villain who was also unveiled in the same trailer; the Super-Adaptoid. In the game, they’re called the Adaptoids, which is what they were originally called in the comics as well.
In the comics, there was only one Adaptoid created by AIM to defeat the Avengers. The android received the Super-Adaptoid moniker when it could replicate the powers, abilities and fighting skills of the Avengers. This makes it a formidable foe for the Avengers, and it looks like there’ll be more than one Adaptoid or Super-Adaptoid in Marvel’s Avengers.
Last but not least, there’s also a glimpse of the iconic Hulk villain; The Leader. He can be seen in the car speaking Kalama Khan about how ‘dangerous’ the Avengers are.
Marvel’s Avengers Co-op Elements & War Zone Missions
War Zone missions are expansive and explorable spaces loaded with side content including concealed caches to uncover, powerful enemies to defeat, AIM depots to take over, faction allies to rescue, and hidden loot to claim.
While there is a main objective in each War Zone Mission, it’s up to players how to approach them. If the mission objective is outdoors, for instance, the heroes can approach from any direction and tackle the challenge as they see fit.
Each War Zone Mission will display the difficulty and suggested Power Level before launching. Although difficulty can be adjusted, the higher the challenge, the bigger the rewards will be. Once players select a War Zone mission, they will board the Quinjet, and if they have matchmaking enabled, they can be matchmade with up to three other unique Avengers for a party of four heroes.
However, you can also choose to take on War Zone missions solo, where you will be able to choose from AI companions whom you’ve reassembled, unless the narrative prescribes a specific team composition. They will reflect the skills and gear you’ve previously equipped them with.
War Zone missions really shine when players team up and use their abilities in tandem, especial;y when combining heroic powers. For example, Thor can send a large group of enemies flying up in the air, and while they are immobilized, Iron Man will volley missiles at them; it is an amazing sight.
Another fun and highly-destructive combo has Kamala Khan sending an enemy flying with a mega high-five, followed by Hulk’s Thunderclap on the stunned enemy. Not many enemies can survive these Team Finishers.
Marvel’s Avengers Customization & Gear
Playing through the single-player and War Zone missions will reward players with an array of items including gear, resources, artifacts, and cosmetics.
As players gain experience, they can increase their Hero level and unlock new character-specific skills. For example, players can choose to equip Iron Man’s iconic Repulsor, Micro Rockets, or lasers to take enemies down. Each hero has several categories of unique skills that allow players to fine-tune their playstyle.
Here are the customization options in Marvel’s Avengers:
- Gear: These are gameplay items equipped across seven different slots to enhance hero abilities such as damage dealt for ranged or melee, defensive enhancements to protect against AIM advanced weaponry, or special combined technologies such as Gamma radiation damage or integrating Pym Particles into your arsenal.
- Resources: Crafting resources – such as Uru – can be found through exploration, be rewarded from vendors, or collected by breaking down unwanted Gear. Then it’s applied to improve existing equipped gear or traded with vendors for advanced gear.
- Artifacts: Artifacts are specialized gear that comes in two flavours. Marvel fans will be most excited about exotic artifacts that are pulled from Marvel lore and give unique abilities when equipped.
- Cosmetics: Cosmetic items include outfits, emotes, and nameplates. They can be gained in a variety of ways, including unlocked through the campaign, dropped in War Zones, bought from faction vendors, or purchased through the in-game marketplace.
Additional unique cosmetics can also be unlocked through accomplishing challenges on Hero Chase Cards, which have tiered reward paths tied to completing challenges.
In addition, there are special abilities that come with certain gear and artifacts; tailored to encourage specific play styles. For example, certain perks apply Gamma or Cosmic damage to your attacks. When combined, Perks and Attributes can help define your playstyle. There are even branded gear to help identify builds, like Stark Tech for ranged ability augmentation, and SHIELD gear for defensive play.
Marvel’s Avengers is slated to release for the PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC on 4 September 2020. In the meantime, you can watch the full War Table presentation below.