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E3 2019: Avengers Game's Character Designs Won't Change After Backlash, Dev Says

No changes planned.

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Square Enix officially revealed its new Avengers game this week at E3 2019, and the reaction was mixed. Specifically, people on the internet were upset about the new character designs for main characters Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner. The designs are new for the game, with some criticizing them for being bland. Others have taken issue with the fact that they are not based on the actors' likenesses from the MCU films; they also feature different voice actors.

Given the outcry, will Square Enix change the character designs in the wake of the criticism, like what's happening with the Sonic the Hedgehog movie? No. Square Enix is committed to the character designs it's created for the game, lead creative director Shaun Escayg of developer Crystal Dynamics told IGN.

"We are always listening to, and welcome feedback from our community. There are currently no plans to change our character designs," he said.

While the character designs are not going to change for the Avengers game, Escayg reminded fans that the footage shown so far is from a very early, pre-alpha version of the title. As such, the game should look better and better over time.

"The level of detail and overall polish of the character models will absolutely continue to improve as we get closer to launch," he said.

Escayg told The Hollywood Reporter that the development team never considered using the likenesses of the actors from the MCU movies. "We wanted to clearly show that this was our spin on the Avengers," Escayg says.

There was plenty of news included in the Avengers game presentation this week, including an upcoming Avengers beta coming to PS4 first and its release date. The action is cinematic in the game's trailer and Square Enix's announcement included details like cooperative gameplay, free post-release DLC, and the all-star voice cast includes Troy Baker, Laura Bailey, Nolan North, Travis Willingham, and Jeff Schine.

You can read IGN's full story on the new Avengers game here.

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UPDATE AND CORRECTION: This story originally did not credit IGN with the quotes from Escayg. GameSpot regrets the error.

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