Marvel’s Avengers is simply a day away from its early-access launch, which hits three days earlier than its customary launch on Sept. 4. But in current few weeks, gamers have data-mined quite a few (unconfirmed) secrets and techniques from the Marvel’s Avengers’ Windows PC and console beta, together with new heroes and a location for an upcoming raid. With some current confirmations round Crystal Dynamics’ post-launch plans, the leaks are wanting extra doubtless than earlier than.
[Spoiler warning: This publish comprises partial spoilers for the Marvel’s Avengers marketing campaign and post-launch plans]
On Sunday, Crystal Dynamics published a blog post previewing its War Table livestream on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The studio mentioned it can announce a brand new weekend-only co-op sport exercise in the course of the stream, and provides some particulars on Operations. Based on the weblog publish, Operations sound like Marvel’s Avengers’ variations of raids, one thing the studio has talked about earlier than, however solely in passing. In the weblog publish, the studio introduced its first Operation will launch alongside a brand new hero.
Based on a developer AMA from late July (talked about right here by Osterberg501 on YouTube), we all know that Marvel’s Avengers’ first raid will launch inside weeks — the AMA initially appeared on the sport’s outdated subreddit, which the mods have since made non-public. With a brand new hero launching alongside the Operation, this offers gasoline to the long-rumored, seventh launch hero. Thanks to leaked particulars, we will put collectively a strong guess of who the primary new hero shall be, and the place the raid could happen.
A YouTube video from the channel Sanders Presents exhibits them combing via the sport’s code earlier this month. Along with other data-miners, they found an inventory of heroes talked about within the sport recordsdata, together with:
- Black Panther
- Black Widow
- Captain Marvel
- Captain America
- Doctor Strange
- Kate Bishop
- Scarlet Witch
- War Machine
- Winter Soldier
At launch, Marvel’s Avengers presents Black Widow, Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Kamala (aka Ms. Marvel), and Thor. Hulkbuster can be featured within the sport as Iron Man’s final means. We additionally know that Hawkeye will come to Marvel’s Avengers shortly after launch.
Some of the heroes on this checklist counsel that Marvel’s Avengers could have some type of “echo fighter” system, much like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For these unfamiliar, echo fighters in Smash look totally different and should have some slight tweaks, however basically operate the identical method as their non-echo counterparts — the distinction between Princess Peach and Princess Daisy, or lack thereof.
Marvel’s Avengers could have the same system, with characters like War Machine stepping in because the Iron Man substitute, or She-Hulk for Hulk. While it’s potential these could possibly be fully new heroes, with distinctive types of play, it’s additionally doubtless that they’re near-exact replicas, or have barely totally different talents.
There are a number of causes for this, primarily that it will enable gamers to play the identical hero as a buddy — Marvel’s Avengers solely permits one among every hero per workforce in co-op play. If a few of these characters actually do work like echo fighters, then two pals who each love Hawkeye might play as Clint Barton and Kate Bishop on the identical workforce. If echo fighters are principally a beauty distinction, it presumably makes it simpler for Crystal Dynamics to publish them often, giving gamers entry to fan-favorite heroes like War Machine a lot quicker.
For all of the echo fighter heroes on the checklist, there are additionally a number of notable new heroes. Some of them, like Vision and Doctor Strange, we all know nearly nothing about. But there are causes to imagine that some heroes could come sooner relatively than later.
The three major heroes price speculating about are Ant-Man, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel, with every having a superb probability to seem near launch.
We’ve seen Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man) in his own mini-teaser trailer, when Crystal Dynamics first introduced the sport final yr. We additionally know he’ll characteristic within the sport’s story. Players will spend a while in a base known as the Ant Hill, presumably Hank Pym’s base of operations. But there hasn’t been any information mine that we all know of for Pym’s Ant-Man talents, or a raid centered across the Ant Hill. Ant-Man appears to be the least doubtless of the three to launch alongside the raid, however he’s price together with since we’ve seen Hank Pym in-game.
Black Panther has one of many strongest instances. In the PC beta recordsdata, gamers discovered reference to Wakanda, in addition to Klaw, a villain who has sturdy ties to Wakanda within the comics and MCU. More apparently, the Klaw file particularly calls out “Klaw Raid” and Klaw boss struggle solely — simply because it refers to it as a raid within the recordsdata, doesn’t imply Crystal Dynamics will name it a raid.
Wakanda seems to be a brand new area for the sport, full with new missions and goals. A questionable story leak for Marvel’s Avengers additionally suggests an embassy opens up for Wakanda after gamers end the bottom sport. If Crystal Dynamics was to launch a hero alongside a raid and area, Black Panther would match naturally with Wakanda.
Captain Marvel appears to be a robust candidate for the sport’s seventh hero. One of the game’s PlayStation trophies, known as “New Girl Makes Good,” describes defeating MODOK (the sport’s major villain) and the Kree. The Kree are militaristic aliens with sturdy ties to Captain Marvel. The Kree additionally haven’t appeared within the advertising and marketing for the sport, suggesting they’re a secret, endgame enemy kind launched close to the ultimate boss struggle with MODOK. There are additionally recordsdata within the sport that check with a Kree boss, equally to the Klaw boss recordsdata.
Kamala Khan is a big fan of Captain Marvel. We’ve seen photos of her childhood bed room, full with an enormous Carol Danvers poster. And in the course of the A-Day mission, Kamala wears a Captain Marvel T-shirt. While Kamala’s model decisions verify nothing, it will make for some fairly clear foreshadowing.
Based on the knowledge we’ve got, it’s potential that Captain Marvel and a Kree-centric raid will doubtless seem a number of weeks after launch. Shortly after that, Hawkeye will seem — probably alongside Kate Bishop, his echo. Then Wakanda, Black Panther, and a Klaw-centric raid could seem as the sport’s first main content material replace.
However, all of this data comes from information mined from the Avengers beta. With how out-of-date betas will be, it’s potential that little of that is correct. Players ought to discover out extra data in the course of the Marvel’s Avengers War Table stream on Sept. 1.