Marvel's Avengers: Release Date, Gameplay Details and Everything Else We Know So Far

By Heidi Nicholas,
Marvel's Avengers, an ambitious new third-person superhero game, is only a few months away. We've had quite a few trailers, reveals, and announcements, and so whilst we wait for it to release, we've made a roundup of everything we know so far about Marvel's Avengers.


What is Marvel's Avengers release date?

Marvel's Avenger's release date is scheduled for later this year: 15th May 2020. There aren't as yet many other big releases in May, but Wasteland 3 will also be out that month. Cyberpunk 2077 comes out a month earlier, in mid-April.

What are the Marvel's Avengers Xbox achievements?

While they haven't arrived just yet, we'll have a full list of Marvel's Avengers achievements as soon as they hit Xbox servers.

What kind of game is Marvel's Avengers?

Marvel's Avengers is an action-adventure superhero game, featuring several heroes from the Marvel universe.

Marvel's Avengers is set in the aftermath of A-Day; the event intended to be a celebration of the opening of their new San Francisco headquarters, and where they'd unveil their Terrigen crystal reactor, an experimental source of energy they're using to power their helicarrier. The day is shattered by an explosion, which the Avengers are blamed for. This sparks a turn in public opinion, and the world decides it no longer wants superheroes. The Avengers disband. Five years later, superheroes are outlawed. The Avengers are still divided and blaming themselves for everything that went wrong. But the loss of superheroes has left a vacuum, which comes to be filled by a new organisation: Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM). AIM promises to succeed where the Avengers supposedly failed, and to protect the world. They believe that science is the way forwards, not superheroes, and have replaced the Avengers with synthoid AI robots.

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When Kamala Khan, aka Ms Marvel, was revealed a few months ago, it turned out that she'd been at A-Day, and had been exposed to the Terrigen Crystal in all of the chaos and explosions. She's now beginning to show signs of her own powers. Kamala is a huge Avengers fan, and after discovering a conspiracy against them, she sets out to reunite their team and prove their innocence. The game sounds like it's got a great underdog-style theme where you'll start by setting up a base in an abandoned Helicarrier, which you'll then upgrade throughout the story. There'll be two types of missions: Hero Missions and Warzone Missions. Hero Missions will be single player campaign missions, focusing on the stories and skills of specific heroes, whilst Warzone Missions, although playable as single-player, are targeted for online playing in teams of up to four. If you want to hear more about the gameplay, you can check out our first impressions from when we got our hands on it at Gamescom last year.

Square Enix say "the story will continue for years after the game launches, filled with new biomes, Super Villains, gameplay modes, and Heroes for players to master", so it sounds as though Marvel's Avengers will be evolving for some time.

Is Marvel's Avengers related to the MCU movies?

The Marvel's Avengers game has its own versions of some of the characters we've seen in the movies and comic books, but it remains its own separate thing. For one, the character designs are different from the likenesses in the movie. The story will be its own thing unique to the game, and likely won't follow the same plots as the movies. The content updates coming in the future will also be entirely the game's own; although perhaps, as with Star Wars Battlefront II and its Rise of Skywalker themed content, it'll tie in to some Marvel movie events of the future. It seems that overall, the game, like the movies and comics, will have its own versions of the characters we know, and create a new universe for their story.

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Which heroes and villains are in Marvel's Avengers?

So far, there's several heroes which we know for sure will be in the game. There's a number of the heavy-hitters from the movies: Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, and Black Widow. There's also a new hero: Ms Marvel — otherwise known as Kamala Khan — who was revealed a few months ago. She's not been in the movies, but she does have her own comic series. She first appeared in Captain Marvel #14 in 2013, and then moved onto her own series from February 2014. She'll be integral to the story. She's a huge Avengers fan, and was there on A-Day, when they fell apart. Kamala was exposed to the Terrigen Mist that day, and is now showing signs of her own polymorphic and healing powers. Being such a fan of the Avengers is her drive, and that of the story as well, because it's this that pushes her to set out to reunite the Avengers team and prove their innocence.


It seems this aim will dictate how the player will interact with each Avengers hero. We know that we'll get to play extensively with each, through their own specific story missions; but it seems that it's Kamala's determination to root them out of hiding which gives us this individual access. Each hero will have their own unique story, as well as their own gameplay styles. Thor will have his hammer Mjolnir, Hulk will have his raw, rage-fuelled power, Captain America will have his shield, Iron Man will have his extensive technology, and Black Widow will have her agile reflexes and stealth equipment. They'll also have their own Heroic moves, intrinsic ability, combo systems, and move sets.

As for villains, we only know about a couple. We've faced off against Taskmaster in our preview of the game's A-Day prologue, and we know that in the months following A-Day the city has been partially rebuilt by A.I.M., a nefarious technology-driven company that has continually plotted world domination in the comics since the 60s.

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Square Enix's comment about the story continuing after the game has launched, and new heroes being added, suggests that it won't be long before there's more heroes to choose from in the game. It's not yet clear whether these will be familiar faces from the movies or comics, or relatively newer heroes like Kamala.

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Will Marvel's Avengers be on Xbox Series X?

The game releases in May, before Xbox Series X releases at the end of the year. The game will be coming to Xbox One, PC, PS4, and Google Stadia. In an interview with Games Radar, Marvel's Avenger's Creative Director, Shaun Escayg gave an indirect answer when questioned about next-gen consoles: "...I think we're always on the pulse of new technology, constantly thinking about how the game evolves on that technology. So the team is working hard at the best projections that they can make, ensuring that the games live up to the new technology and exploit them."

Of course, the Xbox Series X should be backwards compatible with all games created for Xbox One, so Marvel's Avengers will almost certainly be playable on the Series X. It remains to be seen whether the game will be able to leverage any of that additional technology, though.

Who is making Marvel's Avengers?

Marvel's Avengers is being developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, and published by Square Enix. Crystal Dynamics were responsible for the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider with support from Eidos Montreal; the latter took sole development responsibility for Shadow of the Tomb Raider. We mentioned in our first impressions of Marvel's Avengers, how it's used and improved upon the core gameplay moments of the Tomb Raider games. Square Enix also published the Tomb Raider games; Eidos and Crystal Dynamics are both subsidiaries of Square Enix.

Does Marvel's Avengers have multiplayer?

Yes — Marvel's Avengers has two types of missions. Hero Missions are single player, but Warzone Missions can be played online in teams of up to four, where you can play as any Hero in your roster. There will be a Beta for Marvel's Avengers, but little is known about it except for the fact that PS4 players will have early access to it.

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There's still a few months to go before Marvel's Avengers releases, and it's likely we'll hear more as the 15th of May draws nearer. We'll keep updating this roundup with each new piece of info.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!