May 10th 2012 By: Caleb Goellner
After several summers of Marvel superhero movie tie-in game releases, it's felt a bit weird not to see at least some kind of corresponding release for The Avengers
-- especially having seen what might have been from THQ
. That changes this fall as Marvel and Ubisoft team for The Avengers: Battle For Earth
, an upcoming Kinect title for Xbox 360
and Nintendo's Wii U
based on Marvel's Secret Invasion comic book storyline
. According to Marvel, the game will come stocked with 20 different heroes and villains, including Iron man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor.
Though the game's Skrull-y plot is somewhat evocative of THQ's canceled title
, the motion-gaming focus seems like it should set it apart.
"We are excited to team up with Marvel Entertainment to bring some of the most iconic comic book characters from the Marvel line-up to life in motion-gaming," Tony Key, US senior vice president of sales and marketing said in an official press release. "Fans of the Marvel universe and superhero games are going to love the extensive combinations of characters, motion-controlled moves and competitive gameplay."
So far only Marvel's Ryan Penagos
(Executive Editorial Director for Marvel Digital Media Group and Marvel.com) has seen a screen shot from the game, but he's describing as "Awesome." It should be interesting to see what Ubisoft has cooked up as more media from the game makes its way online. Sega's Captain America: Super Soldier
and Thor: God of Thunder
didn't exactly wow fans (or retailers), so Ubisoft is in a unique position to impress players. My suggestion? Just copy Kinect Star Wars
and have the Avengers dance to modified pop songs. I'd buy two!