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Marvel’s Avengers will be shown at Comic-Con – and probably not online

by Eric Frederiksen | July 15, 2019July 15, 2019 12:33 pm EDT

We got our first look at the long-awaited Marvel’s Avengers game this year at E3 when publisher Square Enix showed off the game’s first story trailer. Expo attendees got to see the game behind closed doors at the show, but that footage is still hidden behind those closed doors. Later this week at San Diego Comic-Con, the public will see the footage for the first time. Well, all the public that can fit into Hall H.

The Marvel’s Avengers panel will, according to the panel listing for the convention, feature the “first public gameplay reveal for Hall H attendees only.” This suggests that Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics won’t be making the footage available for the public at large.

We found the initial story reveal to be pretty disappointing, not the least because it sits firmly in the uncanny valley by coming out so soon after the events of Avengers: Endgame, but a solid gameplay reveal could be just the thing to turn our opinion around on it. The concept of the game is pretty hard to make sense of; some parts are multiplayer, some parts are not. There’s a single-player campaign, but this is a living game. You can play as some Avengers in some parts, but others not. It’ll probably take a few demos for the whole concept to make sense – which could bode poorly for the game.

The Marvel’s Avengers panel is set for July 18, at 1:30PM PST. There’s a good chance we’ll get some shaky-cam footage out of that event, but even if it’s watchable it still won’t be nearly the quality of a proper stream. Avengers hits next spring, though, just 10 months from now, so the hype train is going to start rolling sooner rather than later – proper gameplay footage can’t be far off. Marvel’s Avengers hits PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 15, 2020.