Breaking news! I know; I can’t believe it either. But check this ish out: Warner Bros. Interactive is thrusting the Lego franchise upon subsidiary TT Games for a new Marvel game called Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Given the history, though, either Traveller’s Tales or TT Fusion’s name will be on the product, depending on the platform, which will be Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U, DS/3DS and the Vita—so basically every platform.
Based on the announcement, we’ll be getting an “original story” where Nick Fury calls upon past and present members of the Avengers (I mean, come on, who hasn’t been an Avenger by now?) to save Earth from “such threats as the vengeance of Loki and the hunger of Galactus, Devourer of the Worlds.” Based on that, it sounds more like we’ll be playing through episodes or vignettes more than a singular narrative, but that’s just speculation, so don’t put any stock in that.
While saving the Earth and ostensibly the known galaxy, you’ll “explore famous landmarks in LEGO New York and take the adventure beyond Earth to iconic locations in the Marvel Universe,” as managing director of TT Games Publishing Tom Stone says. As for confirmed characters, aside from the accompanying mentions of Wolverine, Thor, Spider-Man, Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Dead Pool, Marvel’s vice president of games production TQ Jefferson says, “if you’re a fan of Spider-Man, the Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy or scores of other Marvel characters, this is the game for you.” Supposedly, by the end, you’ll be unlocking “more than 100 characters from across the Marvel Universe”, which seems like a tall order to me, but okay.
I guess really the weird part about the announcement is the very end where the gameplay is described as containing “combat-like action sequences.” What does that mean?! Is that just a side-step of some Lego clause that prevents Lego figures to actually fight, perhaps similar to how licensed cars don’t get damaged in racing games? Who knows. Expect Lego Marvel Super Heroes to come to whatever electronic device you hold dear this fall.