For the past several years, there has been a near-constant stream of LEGO games released by TT Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. With the series’ biggest project set to launch in little over a month, it’s now been announced that LEGO Marvel’s Avengers will be delayed until 2016.
The second brick-built Marvel adaptation following LEGO Marvel Super Heroes in 2013 was initially set to hit shelves during fall of this year. However, this morning we received official word that it will now be launching a little later than expected, with a date set for January 26, 2016 in the United States.
Also confirmed was the game’s exclusive pre-order bonus, a vital piece of information for any LEGO fan. The mini-figures bundled in with the company’s various video game releases often give an added incentive for devotees to pick up the latest title as quickly as possible.
Players who pre-order LEGO Marvel’s Avengers at GameStop will receive a LEGO Iron Man in his Silver Centurion suit. This armor made its comic book debut in 1985, but will perhaps be better known to modern audiences from its appearance in the third Iron Man movie.
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers will cover both the first Avengers movie and this year’s sequel, Age of Ultron. However, there also looks to be a host of content from the extended Marvel universe — which was the case in Marvel Super Heroes, too.
We’ll see fan-favorite characters like Squirrel Girl, and the recently introduced female iteration of Thor, Jane Foster. It’s clear that the team at TT Games has some massive Marvel fans on its roster, so there should be little doubt that we’ll see a broad swathe of the weird and wonderful characters that have populated Marvel’s output over the last 75 years.
The game’s delay certainly doesn’t seem to raise any quality concerns — in fact, it’s much more likely that LEGO Dimensions is the reason the game has slipped to 2016. That title could well become a platform for future LEGO releases, so everything is being done to insure its success.
While that might be bad news for Marvel fans eager to get stuck into the brick-built adventures of the Avengers, LEGO fans will certainly be able to see the logic. Franchise specific titles like this have been a great success for the LEGO brand, but the future of the company’s video game output seems to be tied to the success of Dimensions.
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers will release for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and PC on January 26, 2016.