Lately, I’ve been posting any info I’ve been able to find on THQ’s abandoned Avengers game—based on the super-team with Captain America and Thor, not that weird British thing with Emma Peel. The game, which looks like it would’ve adapted elements from the Secret Invasion storyline that was in the comics a couple years ago, looked like a squad-based first-person-shooter style action/adventure game. Adjectives.
Anyway, the footage and screens that have been floating around the internet definitely make the game look like it was on its way to some pretty cool, untapped territory for a comics-based video game. But being cancelled due to THQ’s newfound focus off of licensed properties meant that the thing was in limbo.
The other day, GameSpot posted an article on the game after they checked in with Marvel about its status. A Marvel spokesperson told them this:
“The rights for a video game based on Marvel’s Avengers IP have reverted back to Marvel…The company is in early stages of exploring potential publishing and licensing opportunities.”
This doesn’t really bode too well for the game, should it ever actually come out. The movie on which the game would seem to be based—The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon—is set to come out in the summer of 2012.
In the best case scenario, in which all the work that THQ’s put into the game gets rescued and continued by a new developer and publisher, is that the game would be kind of a mish-mash of development, suffering from different studios making only half of a game that got slapped together in time to coincide with the movie’s release. At worst, the game will be restarted from the ground up, and will have less than a year in development before it’s rushed out the door—which will make the game stink hard. So, thanks a-fucking-lot, THQ.
Two likely choices come to my mind for who might pick the game up: Sega has published pretty much all of the Marvel movie adaptations (not counting the X-Men or Spider-Man franchises, since those are Fox and Sony, not Marvel‘s movie studio). If they were to take the game over, I’d imagine they might go with Next Level Games as a developer, since they made the Captain America movie-tie-in game that seemed to get better reviews than all of the other movie tie-in games they’ve put out. The other major contender, I imagine, would be Activision, which has two Marvel-based games coming out in the next few weeks. Those games, X-Men Destiny and Spider-Man: Edge of Time, are original games based on the comics-versions of the Marvel properties, so with the Secret Invasion-based elements in the game, I wonder if Activision might be a better fit than Sega. Of course, this is all speculation on my part.
All this brings to mind the footage of the game based on DC Comics’ The Flash, which leaked onto the internet a couple years back. Coupled with the awesome theme music from the short lived ‘90s TV show, the video was seriously awesome. Check it out:
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God, I would’ve played the shit out of that game. Let’s hope Marvel finds a way for The Avengers to be rescued from “awesome-looking-comic-book-video-game” limbo.