The second Marvel’s Avengers War Table stream has detailed the content you’ll get to try in next month’s beta, as well as some of the post-launch content we’ll be getting: starting with Hawkeye.
The beta will be big, including a mix of content, with more than 20 single-player and co-op missions, four heroes, a look at customisation and more. It’ll start with the Golden Bridge sequence, which itself offers about 25 minutes of gameplay. The Marvel’s Avengers team say this will be a good intro to the heroes, combat, and traversal of the game, as well as special combos and heroics. There will also be a Taskmaster boss battle, before the beta opens up into hero missions, including a Hulk hero mission. There’ll be a mix of open spaces and underground AIM facilities, as well as an Abomination boss battle. After the single-player story content, we’ll be able to choose from four heroes — Iron Man, Kamala, Black Widow and Hulk — for four-player co-op in War Zones and Drop Zones. The beta will also give us a look at HARM rooms: virtual training simulators where you’ll face off against waves of enemies.
The beta offers five War Zones, with human and robot enemies. Drop Zones were described as smaller, more focused missions, and usually with a single objective. During the beta, you’ll have access to one of three starting skill pages for each hero, with the others to be seen in the full game. The Marvel’s Avengers team said that if you’re playing solo and use the AI teammates, these AI companions will be the heroes you’ve unlocked, using the skills and gear you’ve earned so far. The beta will be big, but the War Table stream served to remind players how much bigger the main game will be, with more than 80 warzones, over 50 enemies, six heroes, and continually expanding content.
We also got a first look at post-launch content, and how the game will change: Hawkeye will be the first new hero to be added after launch, and his chain of story missions can be played either in co-op or solo. At launch, the game will be focused on Kamala’s mission of reassembling heroes, after which it’ll go into the full Avengers Initiative phase with new heroes, missions, and regions.
The Xbox and PC beta begins on August 14th, while the full Marvel’s Avengers game releases on September 4th.