On the Horizon
Marvel: Avengers Alliance

By Seán O'Sullivan - January 13th, 2012

“It’s a big world out there, folks – and we can firebomb the hell out if it if we want.”

This past Monday, Disney Interactive announced the latest marquee name to get a Facebook game, in the form of Marvel: Avengers Alliance, set for release sometime in Q1 2012. The announcement trailer (game-play in absentia) sets the scene – the world is under siege, and a mysterious force is super-charging the villains; so it’s up to the player to ‘recruit and command’ the Avengers to put a stop to all this nasty business.

The released screenshots show off the hand-drawn, comic-book style and the head to head team battles (which will likely unfold in a turn-based fashion). If the trailer is anything to go by, the game will feature a healthy roster of heroes and villains, including: Thor, Hulk, Spider-man, Wolverine, Green Goblin, Whiplash, and Loki. Characters can be levelled-up to boost stats and unlock new abilities, and players will be able to engage one another in “asynchronous” PvP combat.

As usual, Iron Man does all the work while Spiderman strikes a cool pose.

Developer Playdom has a varied back catalogue; their games range from hidden-object hunts to world building, including Gardens of Time, 2011’s most popular Facebook game. This is the first Disney brand to get the social-game treatment, so expect other franchises to follow if this one finds a healthy user base.

The game is currently in a closed beta, but a posting on the game’s Facebook wall states that it will be open to the public soon, and those who like the page will be first to know when the game goes live. At this time, there is no information available on whether (or how) the game will be monetized.

What do you think, dear reader – does the prospect of a Pokémon-style fighter with Marvel characters appeal to you? Gotta recruit ‘em all!

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