Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are coming to video games as part of Square Enix’s ambitious and mysterious The Avengers Project, and now we have some fresh intel on what gamers can expect when it hits.
The project aims to be a massive, AAA experience from one of the biggest video game publishers in the business (Square Enix is best known for the Final Fantasy franchise), telling an ambitious story set within the Marvel universe. That’s pretty much all we know at this point, though many fans assumed it might fit into the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers 4 continuity in some way, since typically It’s All Connected when it comes to Marvel.
That’s apparently not the case with The Avengers Project, though.
In a recent statement touting an influx of creative talent to the game’s development team, Marvel confirmed the game will feature “a completely new and original story” designed to “introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come.” That means it’ll tell its own story, and seemingly not be tied to the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). That said, Marvel promises it will feature fan favorite characters, environments and “iconic moments” fans will recognize.
The more we hear, the more it seems like Marvel is eyeing something not unlike the Marvel Comics universe itself—huge, evolving and loaded with characters and stories going in all different directions. It should give the game the freedom to operate outside the MCU framework, which should be a good thing for fans. Lined up alongside Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man game for PS4, it looks like its never been a better time to be a Marvel fan and a gamer.