The upcoming video game based on The Avengers from Square Enix has added some big names to its development team. The title, which was announced in January of last year, is being developed by Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics alongside Deus Ex studio Eidos Montreal, and fans of the iconic characters have been keeping an eager eye on what the minds behind the project have in store.
That said, Square Enix and the development teams have been remaining tight-lipped about the development of the game. Although it was revealed that the title would take the form of a third person adventure game, in general Square Enix has been managing to keep this adaptation of The Avengers under wraps rather well.
Thankfully, a little more has now been confirmed about the project, and it’s bound to be exciting for comic book fans. Crystal Dynamics has revealed that it is assembling a very special team of its own, with fifteen industry veterans joining the developer this January to work on the adaptation. With such a strong team of developers joining The Avengers, it’s definitely a signal of intent from Crystal Dynamics.
Chief among the new names announced is former Naughty Dog Creative Director Shaun Escayg, who confirmed his departure from the studio in January. Escayg’s last game at Naughty Dog was Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, which was one of the best video games of 2017, and his previous credits include the likes of Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us. “I’m thrilled to join Crystal as Creative Director and be aligned with a team as passionate about telling great character stories as I am,” stated Escayg.
Another big name joining the team is the new Director of Production Stephen Barry, who was previously with EA and Visceral Games. With a career spanning 27 years, Barry is perhaps best known for his work on Visceral’s Dead Space series, and he served as Director of Product Development at the studio. Alongside these two, thirteen other positions have been filled with other long-standing professionals, with a back catalog including the likes of Batman: Arkham Origins and Star Wars: Battlefront.
The fact that Crystal Dynamics has pulled out the stops to put together a superstar development team is no doubt good news for fans of The Avengers. Adaptations of comics can be hit and miss when it comes to video games, but it’s clear that Square Enix is taking the license very seriously. Hopefully the end result will prove to be worth the wait.
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