Next year we’ll finally get a game that ties into Marvel’s Avengers film franchise with the release of Lego Marvel’s The Avengers, but once upon a time this was meant to happen four years ago. Prior to their closure, former video game publisher THQ had commissioned its Australia studio along with Blue Tongue Studios to make a game to launch alongside the first Avengers film in 2012. Due to THQ’s poor business decisions, primarily relating to the disastrous uDraw tablet peripheral, the game was cancelled and never released, making articles talking about the game that never was on sites like this one very popular.
Unseen64, a contributor to the Did you know gaming channel on YouTube just published a thirteen minute video about the project and it’s incredibly fascinating. It goes into how the game morphed from a third-person action game to being set in the first-person, the plot, the playable characters, and even a desperate last-ditch effort from the developers to secure funding from Marvel itself to get the project finished.
As someone who has suffered through all of Sega’s phase one tie-in games and laments Marvel’s foray into the mobile space, the story of this game still makes me very angry. As the video states, the game’s writer Brian Micheal Bendis received a playable build of the game and spoke of it very highly, wondering why Marvel let this game see the light of day. Check out the video below: