Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal have lifted the lid on their upcoming Marvel Avengers game, with the first open-to-the-public demos taking place at Gamescom in Cologne this week. Den Of Geek UK went along to the event, tried out the demo, and went behind the scenes to watch a presentation from the developers. From this, we learned that the main villains in the game will be A.I.M.
A familiar foe to fans of the comics and anyone that saw Iron Man 3, A.I.M. is an organisation comprised of brilliant scientists with evil intentions. Villains like MODOK, Baron Strucker and Taskmaster have all been affiliated with A.I.M. in the comics, and Taskmaster has already been confirmed among the character roster for the Avengers game. The name A.I.M., if you were wondering, stands for Advanced Idea Mechanics.
In the world of this new game, A.I.M. will rise to global prominence after an incident in San Francisco sees the Avengers taking the blame for thousands of innocent lives being lost. It’s worth saying that, within the 18 minutes of level-1 gameplay that have been shared online, it’s pretty obvious that Taskmaster is involved in making this incident go down the way that it does. We wouldn’t be surprised to learn at a later date that A.I.M. was behind this tragedy all along.
In the wake of this devastation, the Avengers decide to disband, and the game will then jump forward a number of years. With Earth’s Mightiest Heroes off the scene, A.I.M. has offered up a scientific way to keep the people of Earth safe: an army of AI-infused robots is deployed onto the streets to keep the peace, and everyone seems to be going along with it.
A desire to investigate A.I.M. and uncover their true intentions will bring the Avengers back together, and many of the game’s missions – which will be split across solo and multiplayer modes – will focus on pitting the Avengers against these shifty scientists. For example, we saw a mission briefing for a level that sees the Avengers heading out to get a closer look at one of A.I.M.’s robot heavies.
The official Twitter account for the game has released this picture to announce the news…
Marvel’s Avengers will release on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Stadia on 15 May 2020. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more, and we’ll bring you our hands-on first impressions of the Gamescom demo as soon as we have time to write them up. Watch this space…