Have you ever wondered why there seems to be a curious dearth of Marvel branded video games, especially next to the success of DC's Injustice: Gods Among Us and terrific Arkham series? Well, as it turns out, it's not for lack of trying, as Marvel did license the rights to produce an Avengers tie-in game hack in 2010; a game that, sadly, never saw the light of day.
The project was being developed at THQ's Australian studio and, from early prototype footage recently released online, looked anything but your run of the mill movie-inspired game. Putting a new spin on a rather tired superhero genre, the cancelled game was set to be a co-operative focused first person action game, letting you fight from the perspective of Hulk, Captain America, Thor and Iron Man. Check out some of the gameplay below:
What was even more promising than its unorthodox approach to team based combat was the fact that its story was being helmed by five-time Eisner-award winning comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis and would have loosely followed his Secret Invasion storyline.
Unfortunately, due to THQ's various financial flops, including the uDraw peripheral and the underwhelming Homefront series, the company saw fit to shut the project down in order to stay afloat.
It's a gutting business reality made worse by the fact that, rather than sell off the game to another studio, they simply threw out all the hard work the team had done. It's a huge shame, made worse by the fact we'll now never get to pull off awesome Avengers moves like:
Thor's brutal throw...
and devastating lighting strikes
Iron Man's rocket punch...
...and badass hand canon blasts
Oh, and of course Hulk's SMASH!
Unseen 64 has a fantastically detailed run down of the abandoned project, which you can check out below:
I wonder how long it will take before we get treated to a decent Marvel video game. Infinity War tie-in, anyone?