Ubisoft and Marvel Entertainment have announced plans to create a game based on the popular Marvel superhero posse.
The game will be titled “Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth” and will be released for both the upcoming Wii U and camera-based Kinect system for the Xbox 360 from Microsoft Corp.
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth will focus on such characters as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk fending off an invasion of genetically altered Skrull aliens. The title will feature more than 20 characters from the Marvel universe and would be based on the “Secret Invasion” comic series, not the recent film.
“The idea that we’re making a motion-control version of ‘The Avengers’ is a unique proposition if you compare that to superhero games of the past,” said Tony Key, Ubisoft’s vice president of sales and marketing. “This is the perfect type of game for that because these characters are very action oriented. They’re always fighting and throwing things.”
The big-screen adaptation of “The Avengers” starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye has smashed box office records, earning $207.4 million domestically in its opening weekend.
“For us, that obviously raises the brand itself to an even higher level, and that’s good for our video game because we have an opportunity to reach a broader audience than just the guys who love comic book characters,” said Key, who added that “Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth” would be family friendly despite the game’s focus on fighting.
No release date was announced, but Key said the disc-based title is expected to launch after Nintendo debuts the Wii U later this year.