With the exception of this year's Lego Marvel's Avengers, the heroes of the Marvel Universe have been largely absent from home consoles in recent memory. Marvel announced a partnership with Telltale Games to produce an adventure game in their universe and claims more console games are incoming, but so far there's been little news about either venture.
While console gamers continue to wait for new titles, Marvel is asserting its dominance on mobile platforms. The company has launched multiple games in recent years, including Marvel Contest of Champions, Marvel Future Fight and Marvel Puzzle Quest. The games span a number of genres, from card battles and match-3 games to fighting and role-playing games. Now Marvel is expanding to another popular mobile genre - simulation.
Marvel has partnered with game developer TinyCo to release Marvel Avengers Academy, a simulation game where players will build, customize, and run a school dedicated to training superheroes. The game launches today, February 4th, on the App Store and Google Play. Read the official description below:
"At the Academy, players will discover their favorite Avengers Super Heroes and Super Villains reimagined as students developing their superpowers. Players will upgrade the abilities of their characters by enrolling in combat training, attending classes, and joining sports teams. For the first time in a Marvel game, Players will also experience a social side to the campus by confronting rival cliques, navigating the social ups and downs of their characters' lives, and even going on dates. Marvel Avengers Academy will be an adventure of an entirely new variety that will appeal to both core and casual Marvel fans alike."
At first glance the game seems to be a little light on overall story, but the developers have confirmed that there is an underlying plot to the game. Not only will players learn more about the characters within the Marvel universe, but the mystery as to why these characters are now college-aged superheroes will be addressed.
The game will feature an impressive range of voice talent, including Dave Franco (Neighbors) as Iron Man, John Cena (Trainwreck) as the Hulk, Alison Brie (Community) as Black Widow, musician A$AP Rocky as Falcon, and Colton Haynes (Arrow) as Thor. Future Avengers Captain Marvel, Wasp and Black Panther will also appear in some capacity. While there's a focus on the characters from the Avengers films, the game will also introduce a number of new characters including Ms. Marvel (Priyanka Chopra), Tigra (Bella Thorne), and Spider-Woman (Kiernan Shipka).
In 2010, Marvel Comics released the first issue of a new series called Avengers Academy, featuring a school attended by a new generation of heroes. While it makes sense from a marketing standpoint to feature the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's a little disappointing to see the title appropriated for the game without including any of the original students. Still, if the goal is to keep the game aligned with the MCU, hopefully the cast of characters is an indicator that fan-favorite characters like Ms. Marvel and Spider-Woman will be heading to the big screen after Infinity War.
Marvel Avengers Academy is now available on the App Store and Google Play.