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Square Enix Avengers game

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Avengers-like team of Square Enix devs are making next Avengers game

The long, long wait for a video game truly based on Marvel's Avengers superhero team appears to be ending. After a social media tease from both Marvel Entertainment and Square Enix, the companies confirmed their new partnership on Thursday, announcing an Avengers video game as the beginning of a “multi-game” deal.

Square Enix’s two biggest Western game studios, Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider) and Eidos Montreal (Deus Ex), will work together on an as-yet-unnamed Avengers game—because a video game about a combined supergroup requires a combined supergroup of developers, apparently. The only hint we have of the game's form is a 55-second teaser that only shows three relatively static, Avengers-related images (like Captain America's shield). And with such slowed-down footage, it's hard to really tell whether the teaser contains "in-engine" footage.

No release date has yet been announced, and Square Enix is even warning fans that they’ll have to wait a full year for any more details about the game. That could potentially point to a planned launch alongside the next Avengers film, set to debut in 2018.

A Thursday tweet from Kotaku reporter Jason Schreier beat Square Enix to the announcement punch to some extent. It also suggested that the next Tomb Raider game will be assigned to the team at Eidos Montreal as opposed to the usual Tomb Raider-ers at Crystal Dynamics.

Neither the Kotaku report nor the Square Enix announcement mentioned anything about the future of the Deus Ex series now that Eidos Montreal has this responsibility. During a summer 2016 pre-E3 event, Eidos Montreal had been bullish about plans for many Deus Ex games to come, including a flow-chart that showed blurred logo images for two upcoming titles in the franchise.

As individual superheroes, the members of the Avengers have seen no shortage of game appearances. The team has a pretty thin track record appearing in games as titular stars, though. If you’re the kind of Avengers purist who doesn’t count the tongue-in-cheek Lego: The Avengers; the anime-styled, 3DS-exclusive Disk Wars: The Avengers; or a pair of smartphone-only games, then you have to go way, way back to 1991’s arcade beat-‘em-up Captain America and the Avengers, made by the ‘90s arcade behemoths at Data East.

This announced deal continues the Disney-Marvel-Lucasarts empire’s streak of signing multi-game deals with other established game publishers as opposed to building new games in-house. EA continues work on a series of Star Wars-related games following 2015’s Star Wars: Battlefront, though little is known about any of them at this poin
Marvel may finally get some decent games. Tomb Raider was great and it's follow up sequel even better. Gives me hope!
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