is a cancelled first-person brawler video game
set to be released in 2012, to coincide with the release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
(MCU) film of the same name
. The game was not tied or based around the film, but rather an original story, inspired by the "Secret Invasion
" storyline in the comics.
In 2010, THQ
acquired the rights from Marvel with development handled by THQ Studio Australia
with outsourced development handled by Blue Tongue Entertainment
to create a video game based on several characters from the Avengers
. The game chosen to be in first-person came from the developers wanting to try something different from previous games based on Marvel's properties
, wanting the player to see through the eyes of characters such as Captain America
and Iron Man
. The story was to be an original one borrowing elements from the "Secret Invasion
" story in the comics with Brian Michael Bendis
, who wrote the arc, brought in to script the game's story.
and Xbox 360
were the main consoles of development with Blue Tongue Entertainment handling the PC
port. Plans for a Wii U
was also considered around the system's launch and console features such as the Kinect
for a mode called "Avengers Training Academy" which would have the player take control of a rookie superhero to fight along The Avengers
using motion controls, but both were later cut during pre-production.
During mid 2011, the game was struggling to keep up with development with THQ
's financial problems
and the uDraw
peripheral costing the company $100 million and the value of the Australian dollar to rise, causing THQ
to pay their employees in Australia more than their domestic divisions which led to the decision to shut down both THQ
Studio Australia and Blue Tongue Entertainment. In the last few weeks of the developers being shut down, they reached out to Marvel Entertainment
in hopes to continue funding and developing the title, which Marvel refused to with the game officially being cancelled.
After the game's cancellation, THQ sold off their properties, with Ubisoft
acquiring the license to make their own tie-in game to the film, borrowing some of the game's concepts and story to create Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
for Xbox 360
and Wii U
, released on October 20, 2012.
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