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Marvel’s Avengers gets official ESRB rating

Marvel’s Avengers, an upcoming action-adventure game from Marvel Entertainment and Square Enix aims to put players in the shoes (and costumes) of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The narrative begins on A-Day, where a catastrophic tragedy unfolds when the team (comprised initially of Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, Ms. Marvel and Thor) unveils a brand-new helicarrier powered by an experimental energy source. Blamed for the devastation, the Avengers disband. Five years later however, with superheroes outlawed and the world in danger, the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must reassemble or face certain doom.

Sounds pretty grimdark for an Avengers game, doesn’t it? Notwithstanding, Marvel’s Avengers recently received its official Entertainment Software Rating Board score: T for Teen, with the warning indicators citing “Language, Blood and Mild Violence.”

The full description of the game from the ESRB, per the official website:

This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the roles of the Avengers battling an evil corporation. From a third-person perspective, players engage in a variety of combat missions using each character’s weapons/abilities; characters use melee combat (e.g., punches, kicks, throws, smashes), pistols and machine guns, lasers, thrown projectiles (e.g., hammer, shield, rock) to defeat enemies. Combat can be frenetic, with frequent explosions, cries of pain, and gunfire. The word “sh*t” is heard in the game.

We’re not sure who drops the word “sh*t” but it’s a pretty safe bet to say it won’t be Steve Rogers/Captain America. “Language!”

Marvel’s The Avengers is being developed by Crystal Dynamics in collaboration with Eidos Montreal, Nixxes Software and Crystal Northwest. The game will feature cinematic storytelling combined with single player and cooperative gameplay, including the option to assemble into teams of four via online cooperative play. Players will be able to master extraordinary superhero abilities, manage a growing roster of heroes and of course, defend the Earth from escalating threats.

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Marvel’s The Avengers will release in September 2020 on Stadia, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms.

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