While gamers will not be able to see THQ Australia’s vision for The Avengers in a fully realized state, a new video has appeared online that shows the game in a pretty rough form. Bundled in with concept art, and brief looks at key Avengers members in action, the footage isn’t going to blow the lid off the Avengers film with another villain revelation, but it will surprise you.
To say that there are a lot of interesting things going on in the video is a bit of an understatement. Not only is the first person perspective wholly unique for a Marvel superhero title, the ideas THQ Australia were trying to explore would have encouraged the best way to experience an Avengers story: co-op.
From the looks of the footage, up to three players could band together to take on the Super Skrull forces (some of whom have acquired the abilities of ancillary Avengers groups like the Fantastic Four and the X-Men) as either the Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, or Thor. The combat was traditionally melee-based, but, depending on the Avenger selected, players could alter the game’s play style with finishers, aerial attacks, and ranged weapons.
All of the traditional elements of a three person co-op title are on display, but from superhero to superhero there seemed to be a lack of inventiveness. The game was obviously still in the pre-alpha stages of development, but it would be hard to argue the game doesn't have that stereotypical look seen in Thor or Captain America.
It’s easy to see after each of the associated Avengers superheroes’ tie-in games were a bit lacking, why THQ pulled the plug on this title, but we can’t say it doesn’t intrigue us. Though it would have been fun to see how this game ties in with the movie, there was still the potential for this to be yet another sub-par tie-in for Marvel. It’s probably best we focus on what is sure to be an awesome movie, and worry less about the co-op Avengers adventure that could have been.
What do you think of the design choices made for this cancelled Avengers tie-in? Why do you think this project ended up getting cancelled?