Avengers game footage surfaces

Online video shows purported pre-alpha build of THQ first-person action game from shuttered Australian studio; clip features Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, and Captain America.

Last month, THQ shut down Brisbane-based THQ Studio Australia and said it was moving away form licensed kids' games and movie-based tie-ins. One possible victim of that closure was reportedly an unannounced game based on Marvel's upcoming Avengers movie.

The Super Skrull appears prominently in the Avengers clip.

That report gained credence yesterday with the posting of a YouTube video purportedly showing footage from a pre-alpha build of the game (embedded below). Lasting a little more than three minutes, the clip features a THQ Studio Australia bumper and a hearty helping of gameplay footage. The footage shows Avengers as an action game that takes place from a first-person perspective, with players controlling Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the Hulk. The clips also show the heroes fighting through certain sections of the game together, although they are specifically designated as AI partners.

The heroes have their trademark powers, with the Iron Man segments showing the armored Avenger flying into battle from the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier and polishing off foes with his repulsor blasts and rocket attacks. Meanwhile, the Hulk can pick up and hurl enemies, while Thor pummels foes with his thunder-powered hammer. A brief clip with Captain America shows the star-spangled Avenger grabbing ledges to pull himself up and tossing his shield at enemies.

As for those enemies, the gameplay clip showed them to be the shape-shifting alien race known as the Skrulls, with the power-mimicking Super Skrull positioned as a boss character. The Super Skrull's finishing moves showed the alien making use of other Marvel heroes' abilities, with one sequence borrowing powers from the Fantastic Four, and another mimicking the X-Men. Additionally, the footage showed concept art for a variety of locations including Manhattan, the Helicarrier, S.H.I.E.L.D. home base Triskelion, and the Skrull Mothership.

At the time the THQ Studio Australia closure was announced, a representative told GameSpot that "the two projects in development were unannounced, so I can't give you further details." A THQ representative today told GameSpot it could neither confirm nor deny the footage.

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86 comments
isshiah
isshiah

a studio needs to take the time to treat the characters with respect, just like the recent batman games. that is never going to happen if the games are rushed out with movies.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Batman AA and AC is a comic-book-hero-game-adaption done right. Why Captain America and Thor games turned out so bland, beats me. Video game adaptions of movies are usually cheap anyways.

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

@sgthombre They've gotta start somewhere. Like I said, I would have agreed with you not too long ago, but I'm hopeful that the tides are turning, and I think those of us who love these characters are excited to see them in great games, as opposed to the horrible games they have been in.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

@paulsifer42 For every Arkham Asylum, there are a dozen Thors and Iron Mans. Movie/comic games sucking is the rule, and the recent Batman games are the rare exception. As for Ultimate Alliance... fine, I forgot that one. But that's a grand total of 2 comic book games that don't suck. Hardly enough to turn back the tide of awful comic games.

Adult__Link
Adult__Link

The only Super Hero games I have ever played that didnt seem like there were poorly done or have weird controls have been Spiderman games... which is weird

so_hai
so_hai

Super hero games seem to be so hard to get right - it is really surprising that studios without much backing would ever undertake to make one.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Now that they are making one game that includes three characters from individually horrible games, will this game be 3 times better than the individual preceding games or three times worse? . I am going to have to go on record saying, 3 times worse.

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

GIVE UP THE SUPER HERO COMIC BOOK GAMES. UR JUST KILLING URSELF SLOWLY MARVEL AND DC! From Your Humble Friend Trying To Save Ur Ass - Scorchstar XD

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I'm sorry, but since this is supposedly from an unreleased game being made by a now defunct studio..... wouldn't it still be considered stolen material?

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@OrNiGhTZ damn already? I was kinda interested in seeing it further developed too.

DrasRexen
DrasRexen

@GreySeven Marvel can do it!

OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

@RPG_Fan_I_Am .. a damn shame it won't see the light of day , game was canceled

GreySeven
GreySeven

Whoever decided years ago to make an Avengers movie is a total doofus. You can hardly fit the personality of Tony Stark into one movie by himself, how can you push in Captain America, Hulk, and Thor in with him? And Nick Fury as played by Samuel Jackson? There's not enough hours in the day to devote to each character in that movie to make it any good at all! Give it up!

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

@Kiodos Thanks for the tip, went to Youtube and was able to find it easily Not sure how big I would have been on a superhero game in first person. One of the things that made Arkham Asylum cool to me was being able to see Batman run through his opponents. First person robs you of that unless you put in finishers the way THQ seemed to be doing. Still that's not enough in my opinion. I don't want to see a superhero's hands floating on the screen and throwing punches or spitting energy blasts; I wanna see the Hulk rip apart things or Thor and his hammer demolish the environment and the Skrull in all their glory. Probably should take a page from Marvel Ultimate Alliance or X-Men: Legends and just polish up and tighten the gameplay.

scratchisme
scratchisme

I can't imagine that this game will be any good.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Scorchstar It's not often I say this.. but.. lol. Haha :P

ArguZ
ArguZ

This will suck so hard... Games from movies from comics...i mean, come on !! Movie games where bad since the days of Back to the Future 1. Not as bad as Uwe Boll movies, but still. I hope no one does a "Limbo" movie :)

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

haha. video not available due to copyright from Marvel Entertainment. XD

whakyZ86
whakyZ86

i dunno...i saw the footage and was not very impressed. Not that I don't like the idea...its just that I have really big doubts about a successful FPS based on the avengers. Ok, that's not true, but the developers would have to cram A LOT of moves into each character (might i add, moves that are unique to each character) for me not to get bored and return to something a little more familiar.

thribs
thribs

Having X-Men like Skrulls would make this game independent from the movie.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

It looks really awesome actually, I was surprised to see the XP pop up when the gameplay was first shown.

Lytmare
Lytmare

Total win! Please, someone take this and finish it!

Kiodos
Kiodos

Hit Up Youtube to find this Video

vadicta
vadicta

Awww... The video's been taken down :(

ThexSilentxOne
ThexSilentxOne

Make it now! Fools!!!!!! You no nothing of FEAR!!

Mc1csmo
Mc1csmo

Three words......FINISH THIS GAME!

69ingChimpmunks
69ingChimpmunks

Its a solid mix of first and third person but I wish that they added more third person (Looks a lot better that way). I am very interested in this game and I hope it gets picked up, I just hope they dont butcher this promising game.

josephtdavey
josephtdavey

If this gets picked up, I could see this being the next Battlefront/2. Nobody thought those could work, but they did.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I thought it was going to be awful, but it actually looked kinda of cool.

qUaRaNt1n3
qUaRaNt1n3

this acctually looks really cool

manocanada
manocanada

Ha reminds me of Mirrors Edge in some weird way.

Dragonsingh3000
Dragonsingh3000

omg this looks so kool, i hope it still happens tho.

Rashgod
Rashgod

This obviously isn't a movie game, the costumes are wrong. It's an Ultimates game.

pakhair
pakhair

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JKnaperek
JKnaperek

Hopefully another developer picks it up and releases it. Too much work it seems into a potentially good product.

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

@sgthombre While I would have applauded your comment a few years ago, there really are some good comic book games and movie games coming out now. Batman Asylum was a great game, and Mavel Ultimate Alliance was pretty good. I'd say they're getting better, so it doesn't make me feel too bad that they're getting publicity.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

I really don't get why there is this much coverage of this games. Comic book games AND movie games usually suck, so way to waste the calories to cover this?

noahmorrow07
noahmorrow07

not goina lie this looks really interesting.....i like how they are going about with first person....alllllllllll their games are third person...so this was a smart idea.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I actually hope this game gets released. I despise movie tie-in games simply because of the half-arsed, out to make a quick buck nature of them. I don't think I've ever sampled one from THQ so I don't know what theirs are like, but to see a developer turn one into a first-person (when usually it is demanded that we're able to see our heroes all the time) makes me wonder if THQ were actually taking this one seriously.

blueguykisame
blueguykisame

love the fps shooter idea, but the combat engine / depth needs to be better, and more interactive than it seems to look

badEstNoob136
badEstNoob136

looks like it could be co op in some way with rpg elements. thats cool

gnes990
gnes990

honestly doesn't look too bad

zoeyleft
zoeyleft

looks good. i wish they would drop the "out-to-third-person" thing when you do some finishers. i HATE that in games, especially lately done very very badly by human revolution. if it first person, then ill stay in first person. if you can choose first person or third person, then let me chose, dont switch automatically because you think its "cooler". caue its not.

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

i dig the first person look to this game over something like the look of Marvel Ultimate Alliance and other similar games where its kind of a hybrid top-down and third person. this is much better. and this is definitely avengers..what else would it be? only drawback i see is the animations for the punches from all the characters seemed the same...the only difference were their special techniques/powers. cant wait to fly around as ironman though, i feel like this is going to be good. hopefully they don't limit too much to the movie. movie games suck.

toxiehead
toxiehead

maybe the first actually good superhero game aside from batman arkham asylum?? looks pretty fun, maybe some online implications as well.