E3 may be next week, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be news this week in the video game world. After the delay of Batman: Arkham Knight was announced yesterday, today is already full of news from around the world of games.
Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics Live
2012's superhero squad-based RPG Marvel: Avengers Alliance leveraged the massive Facebook user-base, a simple but addictive play-style and the Marvel license to win over 70 million players and a host of awards. Now the Avengers Alliance series returns with an 'iso'meric squad-based turn-based tactical strategy title Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics that evokes the gameplay style rejuvenated by the recent X-COM remake.
This time around players to take on the role of a S.H.I.E.L.D. commander charged with recruiting a team of superheroes to defend the Earth against the threat of an imminent collapse of parallel dimensions. You will battle 'imposter' heroes and villains from these other universes with your roster of playable characters that includes standards like Iron Man, Thor and Captain America with villains like Loki and Taskmaster unlockable as you progress through the game. There will be twenty playable characters to start but the roster and the story will grow in the same patterns established with the first Avengers Alliance game.
Players will not only also manage the improvements of their heroes, choosing and upgrading their powers as they advance throughout the game but be in charge of their headquarters, building it up to unlock new weapons, resources and heroes. Though free-to-play, Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics will follow its predecessor with its use of tiered micro-transactions to extend gameplay or unlocks.
The game is playable now on Facebook, with potential iOS and Android versions rumored (and likely, given the way these games typically expand out).
Kill Zombies With a Tiny Silver Ball
No, we don’t mean pellet from a shotgun. This time we mean a pinball, as Zen Studios and Telltale Games are teaming up for a pinball game based on the Telltale The Walking Dead franchise. This is, without a doubt, the first thing rated 10+ that has had anything to do with The Walking Dead.
And yes, because Telltale is involved, there will still be choices, and the game will remember that. Seriously.
"Zen knocked it out of the park with their interpretation Telltale's first season of The Walking Dead as a pinball table," said Steve Allison, SVP of Publishing at Telltale Games in a press release. "Players once again get to step into the shoes of Lee Everett and protect Clementine as all the major events of season one play a role in the first ever pinball game that features choice and consequence gameplay."
The game is coming this summer on PC and consoles.
Warrior Needs Remake. Badly.
Yup, Gauntlet is back, and WBIE has released this “Gear up for Battle” trailer ahead of E3. Why am I suddenly hungry?
Marvel Heroes 2015 Live
Sure, it’s only 2014, but it’s Marvel Heroes one-year anniversary, and their massive (see what we did there) update under the “Marvel Heroes 2015” banner has gone live. Yes, Mac users, that means it’s open beta time.
To celebrate the launch, they put out this nifty info graphic boiling down everything in the series, and the changes they’ve made so far.
Seth Robison also contributed to this article