A-Day was supposed to be a moment of triumph. The Avengers (Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Thor) were to unveil their latest headquarters, an advanced complex with its own helicarrier.
But then disaster struck. A catastrophic occurrence on the city took the life of Captain America. Not only were superheroes outlawed as a result but the Avengers were disbanded. Years later, the world is changed. A threat is looming and if humanity is to survive, the Avengers must reassemble.
This is the premise of Avengers A-Day, Marvel’s latest attempt at conquering the video game world. For all the triumphs it has notched in the movie arena, Marvel has never performed particularly well in video games. And while Spiderman, one of the best video games of the last few years began to change that narrative, people could not stop speculating about The Avengers Project announced years ago.
Sure, Spiderman is one of the biggest names in superheroes, but The Avengers Franchise is an unparalleled juggernaut. With the trailer finally debuting at E3, I don’t think Marvel got the reaction they wanted.
No one knows for certain what this game will be. The trailers laid out the story and nothing else. Shaun Escayg, the creative director, said the game would feature both single player and multiplayer modes.
Gamers would have the opportunity to play as one of the earth’s mightiest heroes in a plot that would pit them against the likes of Abomination and Taskmaster. Unfortunately, the internet has been thrown into a frenzy by the graphics revealed in the trailer. Avengers A-Day does not look very good; not for a PS4 game.
Additionally, gamers hoped that the title would adapt the Avengers as they had been presented in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the Avengers in the game trailer look nothing like their MCU counterparts and gamers seem quite unhappy.
A meme on social media called the character models the stunt doubles of the real Avengers. One assumes that the cost of paying stars including Robert Downey Junior and Scarlet Johansson to use their likeness for the video game was far too high for the publishers to weather.
Some have also suggested that the dissonance between the MCU and the A-Day Avengers gives the game creators more room to breathe. Rather than playing by the rules the MCU set, A-Day can stretch its wings and take more exciting chances.
None of those reasons have assuaged fans. That said, this controversy has drawn even more attention to the game and there is no such thing as bad publicity.
Avengers A-Day comes out in 2020. So Square Enix is probably keeping some of its juicier presentations back. And if they have taken the public’s displeasure to heart, they have a few more months to make changes.