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E3 2019: Square Enix unveils its Marvel Avengers game and impresses with Final Fantasy 7 remake

Dan Silver
Square Enix unveiled its Marvel's Avengers co-op action game

Square Enix finally unveiled its long awaited Avengers adaptation at the company’s Monday night E3 2019 press conference. 

Nothing whatsoever has been seen of the game, titled Marvel’s Avengers, since the Japanese publisher first announced they’d secured the licence in January 2017 (a tow and half-year timeframe, incidentally, which has seen the release of no less than eight Marvel movies).

And despite a lengthy reveal section featuring multiple trailers, interviews with acting talent and on-stage presentations from three of the development team and Marvel’s Bill Rosemann, there’s still some confusion over how the game will actually play.

We do know it will initially feature five famous player characters - Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk and Black Widow - offer third-person co-op combat and include some sort of live offering which will evolve for at least a couple of years after the game’s launch, a la Destiny or The Division.

Marvel’s Avengers will also introduce a bespoke story not connected to the cinematic universe - although it’s themes echoed those of the films Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, with our heroes seemingly forced to disband due to the catastrophic collateral damage caused by a confrontation on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

Controversially, while the characters dress like their cinematic equivalents, their faces and voices are completely different. In an attempt to dampen disquiet, Square Enix have assembled an all-star cast of video game actors, headlined by Uncharted lead Nolan North (playing Tony Stark/Iron Man), The Last of Us’ Troy Baker (Bruce Banner/Hulk) and versatile veteran Laura Bailey (Black Widow). Inevitably, though, this design decision has not gone down well with social media’s Marvel fanboys.

Reaction to the conference’s other big title, the remake of seminal ‘90s Japanese RPG  Final Fantasy VII, was almost universally euphoric. Square Enix showed off the game’s revamped combat mechanic and stunning visuals and confirmed its March 202 release date - although there remains some confusion over what form that release will actually take.

Unlike the original game, Square Enix have previously suggested this remake will be released in episodic form and the presentation certainly seemed to suggest March’s instalment would only feature the opening portion, set in the city of Midgar. Waters were muddied, however, when it was announced the game was so large in scope it would occupy two BluRay discs. 

Hopefully all will become clear when we get to see both games behind closed doors once E3 2019 gets underway on Tuesday.