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Crystal Dynamics Sees Marvel’s Avengers as a New Kind of Live Service Game

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Crystal Dynamics has refuted the suggestion that Marvel’s Avengers is designed foremost in a games-as-a-service model.

During an E3 Coliseum panel, several members of the development team joined in a roundtable to reveal new details about the story.

The game’s director Shaun Escayg mentioned that a goal has been to put a unique spin on the characters, ensuring both familiarity and difference from the both the films and comics.

Marvel Studios creative director Bill Roseman added to that, saying the team asked itself, “how can we tell our own, all-new, authentic, original Avengers story.” He noted that one such way was to make subtle alterations to the character designs, such as the star on Captain America’s shield now extending beyond the innermost blue circle.

The panel also delved deeper in the narrative, explaining that the game is about each of the main characters dealing with the guilt and sense of failure following the destruction of San Francisco during the game’s opening moments. As might be expected, S.H.I.E.L.D. will appear in the game as an adversarial organisation to the Avengers, though its exact role has not been clarified.

Talk eventually turned to the style of the campaign, which Escayg described as “really story-driven,” while also providing “multiple options” about whether to follow the story or explore side missions and other characters at any point. Roseman added that story is woven through every mission within the game.

Meagan Marie, senior community and social media manager, also reiterated that the narrative is set to be “delivered over multiple years with regular content drops.” She later said that additional characters and regions will be available for free.

Lead combat designer Vince Napoli added that Marvel’s Avengers will have live service elements, “but it’s so narrative-focused that there isn’t really a game you can point to that says ‘oh, it’s kind of like this thing.'” The goal was to build a world where players can continue to explore the multiple playable characters over time, leading to Napoli and Escayg referring to it as a new kind of live service experience.

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Will Show Unexplored Stories of Secondary Characters

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The luminary creator of the Dragon Ball manga, Akira Toriyama, shared new information about the upcoming action RPG, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.

Via the Bandai Namco Twitter account, Toriyama revealed that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will depict the backstories of several secondary protagonists. This means that the game will diverge from the story of the manga and give greater insight into Dragon Ball‘s many supporting characters. While a plethora of games depict the events of the Dragon Ball franchise, only a few of them meaningfully expand upon the story’s events, characters, and world.

Toriyama describes Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot as a “fresh new take on the franchise.” Even though Toriyama rarely contributes to Dragon Ball games, he did create much of the lore in the now-defunct MMO Dragon Ball Online, which heavily influenced the story of the Dragon Ball Xenoverse games. While not much information is available about Kakarot and Toriyama’s involvement at this time, the title does have an early 2020 release date and a fishing mechanic.

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