Prior to filing for bankruptcy in December of 2012, THQ was overseeing numerous projects across the board, but a new report put together by Unseen 64 and DidYouKnowGaming sheds light on a lesser-known game in development at the time.
The sleuths claims that the now-defunct publisher was developing a licensed Avengers game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, one which was designed to tie in with Marvel’s 2012 blockbuster. Pulling together never-before-seen prototype footage, assets and other development details, the in-depth video essay reveals that the project was hatched at Studio Australia with support from Blue Tongue. Celebrated comic writer Brian Michael Bendis was even on board to pen the story.
Initially designed to be a third-person experience, THQ’s Avengers game began to stutter in development when the embryonic build was altered to a first-person perspective. Couple this with the expensive production cost and the publisher’s financial woes at the time, and the rest is history.
An ambitious project from the get-go, it’s fascinating to learn of THQ’s failed attempt to bring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to the video game space. Sadly, as all of the assets featured in the above video are already a generation old, it’s unlikely that another party will attempt to pick up the scraps anytime soon.