Alleged Marvel's Avengers Datamine Could Point To New Playable Characters

Dataminers claim that at least 15 new playable characters are hidden in the game's code.

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With the beta for Crystal Dynamics' Marvel's Avengers game now having dropped on all platforms (though the PS4 got it the earliest), dataminers have started to dig through the files of the PC version of the beta, allegedly finding clues about upcoming characters. According to a report by IGN, the game files include references to at least 15 previously unannounced playable characters.

As detailed on two different Reddit threads, the characters are listed in the code with the prefix UnlockPlayableCharacter, with the full list including the following Marvel heroes:

  • Captain Marvel
  • She-Hulk
  • Kate Bishop
  • War Machine
  • Peter Parker
  • Ant-Man
  • Wasp
  • Vision
  • Black Panther
  • Doctor Strange
  • Falcon
  • Mar-Vell
  • Mockingbird
  • Quake
  • Winter Soldier
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Hulkbuster

While Peter Parker presumably refers to the PlayStation-exclusive inclusion of Spider-Man, other fan-favorites such as Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch are new to the game.

Some fans have speculated that some of the characters, such as War Machine and Hulkbuster, will be essentially reskinned versions of characters already in the game, allowing players to get around the restriction that prevents two of the same character from participating in a mission.

While Hawkeye has already been announced as the first post-launch DLC character to arrive in the game, one user dug deeper into the files to reveal that Black Panther, She-Hulk, Kate Bishop, and Winter Soldier have the most files under there name, implying they'll be ready to add to the game sooner than others.

The last beta dates for Marvel's Avengers arrive this week, from August 21-23 on all platforms. While the game will launch with six playable characters--Iron Man, Kamala Khan, Black Widow, The Hulk, Captain America, and Thor--the latter two will not be playable in the beta. Spider-Man will be available exclusively for players on the PS4 and PS5.

Marvel's Avengers is planned to launch on September 4 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game will also come to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

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