With everyone now talking About The Avengers – just another thing to thank Joss Whedon for – it is only logical that we batten down the hatches in anticipation of the toys, games, spin-offs, comics, special, beverages, happy meals etc. But one of the most anticipated things coming up is Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
But what makes it so special? Well, Super-hero Hype have described the game as: A free-to-play, turn-based combat game that will soon be available on Facebook from Disney Interactive Media Group’s Playdom studios.’
So.. a free to play Facebook game? This is awesome news as now we have no reason to log off Facebook. Ever.
SuperHeroHypesat down with Michael Rubinelli, the Vice President of Studio Operations for Playdom and Robert Reichner, Senior Producer at Playdom, to take a look at the social networking game and its unique take on the Marvel Universe.
“In bringing Marvel to the masses, Playdom elected to make the look and feel of the feature films the basis for the game. That’s readily apparent in the look of the “Ultimates” style Nick Fury, but subtlety extends to other characters as well, whether they’ve already appeared on the big screen or not. Reicher noted that Iron Man’s dialogue is inspired by Robert Downey, Jr.’s take on the character, even though the visual for Tony Stark is not directly based on the actor.
“Every player can choose either a male or female S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to represent themselves. The storyline in the game has that agent called into action following a mysterious event called “the Pulse” which bombards the Earth with an unknown energy and shards of a crystal known as “ISO-8.” The shards have unique properties that provide and/or enhance super powers and well-known villains have come out of the woodwork to try and find them. Fortunately, S.H.I.E.L.D. can make use of the crystals as well, meaning that players can level-up their agents as the game progresses, letting them fight alongside the likes of Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk.
“When the game launches, 28 playable heroes will be available and each is unlocked as game experience is gathered. Players can then send teams of three (their own agent and two heroes) on different story missions or to compete with their friends. The more experience each player gathers, the more weapons, devices and in-game currency they receive. During the turn-based combat, an ever-growing series of character combinations can be applied.
“The game allows players to “train” their characters even when they’re not playing. A user could log in and send Black Widow on a training exercise that takes an hour. While she’s training, the character is no longer useable for that time period but, when she returns, she’ll have enhanced skills. Impatient players can make use of a micropayment system to speed up the results. That is, the entire game is free to play but if you just can’t wait to make Wolverine the best at what he does, you can immediately pay to upgrade the character.
The game will feature characters such as Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man, Thor, Wolverine, Human Torch, The Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, Colossus, Cyclops, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Phoenix and Storm. So, it seems the game covers more than just the Avengers and covers movie chacters that Marvel aren’t releaseing… will Wolverine look like Jackman, Human Torch look like Chris Evans etc?
For the full interview and image gallery, check out Super-Hero Hype here.