Marvel & Ubisoft Officially Announce ‘The Avengers’ Game [Updated]

May 10, 2012 by  

Avengers Game In Development Ubisoft

Marvel Studios’ latest film (their sixth) is not only their most successful film to date (with the biggest opening of all time), it’s also the first to not have a video game tie-in coincide with its release. Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor: God of Thunder and Captain America: Super Soldier all released alongside their respective films and much to the chagrin of fans and the industry, they all more or less sucked.

The Avengers did have a game in development from THQ but it wasn’t directly tied into the film from what we gather and it was canceled. With the popularity of the brand and the success of the film however, it was inevitable (Marvel was already looking for development opportunities) and so came the speculation when Ubisoft registered an Avengers domain over the weekend. Say hello to the now-official Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth.

Ubisoft’s game based on The Avengers was confirmed by Ubisoft Toronto via Twitter where they announced a partnership with Marvel and that it’s being developed at Ubisoft Quebec for Kinect on Xbox 360 and for the Wii U. Moments ago, Marvel shared a few details.

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Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth is a fighting game based on the Secret Invasion story arc (Skrulls!) from the books. It’s inspired by Marvel Comics artwork and features 20 playable characters, including Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor. Villains will be playable as well.

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Tony Key, US senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft:

“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. Fans of the Marvel universe and superhero games are going to love the extensive combinations of characters, motion-controlled moves and competitive gameplay.”

Andreea Enache-Thune, senior vice president of games and digital distribution at Marvel:

“For the last few years, Marvel has positioned itself to deliver the absolute best in entertainment, be it in film, animation, comics or games. Partnering with Ubisoft is a big part of that ongoing movement. We are confident that Ubisoft’s talent matches Marvel’s own commitment to making the “Avengers: Battle for Earth” the best in the motion-controlled gaming category.”

The good news is that it’s not a direct tie-in, the bad news may be its strict focus on motion controls since that worked out poorly with Kinect Star Wars. Better and deeper gaming experiences motion controls rarely make, so fans looking for the next X-Men Legends or Marvel Ultimate Alliance may not be getting a similar experience.

Marvel The Avengers Battle For Earth

We’ve yet to see in-game screenshots or any hint at the type of gameplay but count us intrigued to see how motion controls factor in and what characters are involved. Hulk Smash?

Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth will undoubtedly be a part of Ubisoft’s presentation at E3 and we look forward to checking it out and sharing what we learn.

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Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes.

Sources: Ubisoft Toronto, Marvel

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  1. I wouldn’t say the Captain Anerica game sucked. It was a decent Arkham Asylum knock off that was fun for its brief length. Nothing amazing but not in the it sucked category.

    • All right, it can fit in the does nothing new but is boring and unnecessary category, which still screams “suck” to me since its less than the competition.

    • I thought the Captain America game was really,really good.

  2. I miss movie tie in games that were exciting. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was phanominal. Then it all went downhill.

  3. Motion controls only? Oh boy! Can’t wait to do the Hulk Hustle or maybe the Iron Man Mambo. What a joke! Why are developers/publishers so excited to use motion controls? I like to relax after a long day of work by playing a video game for a while. Having to wave my arms and jump around like an idiot to play a game just isnt for me- I’ll keep my controller. I’m fine with motion controls being used as an add on feature to a game (GRFS using kinect for gunsmith is a cool and well implemented idea) but when you build a game specifically for them it has no chance of being more than a novelty game because motion controls themselves are a novelty. I hope for the interested gamers’ sake that this turns out to be a good game but I certainly wont hold my breath.

  4. Sooo no ps3??

  5. A fighting game? That’s disappointing. Still could be fun I guess. I’d love for them to extend the Marvel Cinematic Universe with games.

    • Well, they have been expanding the MCU with the tie-in games that Rob mentioned in the article, but they are all so freakin terrible IMO (with the exception of Cap: SS- which was ~okay~) that I, a MASSIVE fan of the movies and the MCU, didn’t even bother to give them a play through.

  6. I’m assuming it’s an accident, but I actually prefer the opening and closing tags for identifying where the update is, lol.

    [Sarcasm]
    Oh sweet! Motion controls?! Alright! I hope there’s an Avengers Dance-Off mode!
    [/Sarcasm]

    • I actually did that intentionally – didn’t want the whole thing bold :)

  7. Typo: Captain America’s movie subtitle is ” The First Avenger”

  8. Whoops, nevermind. I read it wrong the first time. My mistake, not yours!

  9. Well… that’s disappointing news.
    Another rushed movie game :(
    Why don’t they just take the time to develop a good game (like Ultimate Alliance) and release it next year? – they might as well because by the time it’s released, all the focus will be on TASM (and it’s tie-in game) and TDKR anyway…

  10. Not the avenger game I want. I want a Arkham type style gameplay.

  11. Sad, I already figured out tons of ways to do these superheros’ moves with the PSMOVE + NAVcontroller/another MOVE controller…oh well, I really would like that other cancelled game cause it looked like it had really fun gameplay and was pretty intuitive with the whole FPS view mixed with Cinematic 3rd person views..oh well..wth Ubi?? :’(
    BTW: I wrote a pretty lengthy way of controlling each of these hero’s using the MOVE controllers but GR gave me a message that it thought my comment was SPAM and it blocked it…O_O what gives?

  12. i knew they wouldn’t get rid of all the assets they already had from the avengers game that got cancelled, it would be a waste of time to remake al;l those assets again just b/c someone new it taking over.

    look forward to it, it certainly goes in a different direction to what we’re used to with these dodgy hero games (only decent ones i’ve played are hulk ultimate destruction, ultimate spiderman and the punisher).

    • I loved Hulk Ultimate Destruction. Still one of my favorite games ever. Played through more times than it was probably worth. Of course, even with comics, I’ve alway been a Hulk fan. Great game.

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