LEGO Marvel's Avengers has already seen a single full-length trailer released at the time of the 2015 E3, and the forthcoming game from developer TT Games is only the second feature title to pull from Marvel Comics' long line of independent properties and characters. In the trailer, key scenes from the first two Avengers films from Marvel Studios were replicated in computer generated, building-blocks miniature (most notably the fight for New York at the end of The Avengers
), and certain locales and stylistic aestheticisms were seemingly lifted wholesale from this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron.
After previous word to the effect that the next Marvel-themed LEGO video game title from TT Games would be released at the end of 2015, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is now saying the next game will be released at the beginning of 2016. In addition, some new information regarding the development of the finished product's various character designs and set models has been announced.
In an official press release on behalf of the game's development and publishing team at TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that LEGO Marvel's Avengers will be made available at the end of January 2016. The forthcoming Marvel Studios-tie-in will be the first console video game to feature characters and storylines directly inspired by Joss Whedon's two feature films based on the same characters and events (as seen in the official box art and screenshots above and below). In addition, consumers who pre-order their copy at Game Stop will receive an exclusive Silver Centurion Iron Man LEGO minifigure (one of the many suits available in game, as it were).
Based on the box art and screen shots released at this time, the new title from TT Games should be just as fun and originally inspired as LEGO Marvel Super Heroes was in 2013 (with more obvious debts to Whedon's films this time around, as previously stated). The character models of Bruce Banner and the Hulk are obviously modeled after Mark Ruffalo's performances as the two characters, and the inclusion of such minor and recent characters as Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jane Foster (a.k.a. the first female Thor), and Speed is in keeping with the series' reputation and standard for impeccable fan service and well researched historicity regarding the Marvel universe.
The last LEGO Marvel video game title from TT Games was a joy to play, largely in its ability to take the self-ponderous, serious tones established in the films more lightly. Like creating your own adventures from more well known narratives and legends as a child, the LEGO video games have always been about crafting novel avenues into longstanding fictive escapades, which appears to be the case once more with this new title.
LEGO Marvel's Avengers will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Windows PC on January 26th, 2016 in North America and January 29th, 2016 in Europe (via participating retailers).
Source: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
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