TinyCo and Marvel Team to Let You Create and Run Your Own Avengers Academy
Ah, high school. Who could forget the first time you skipped class? Remember your first real crush? Or how about that time you had to break into the AIM laboratories to make sure your science project got you an "A"? What, you never had to deal with AIM when you were a kid? What about trickster gods? Dude-bro scientists with a trust fund? Handsome straight-edge dudes that seem like they're from a bygone era? Maybe that's because you went to a real school, and not the made-up one at the center of TinyCo's upcoming mobile game, Marvel Avengers Academy.
You might remember TinyCo from its last game, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. The free-to-play mobile building game arena has become crowded over the years, but licensed properties still manage to stand out from the crowd. Though there aren't any gameplay details about Marvel Avengers Academy available yet, it will follow in the same vein, allowing you to build your own Avengers-themed high school campus, and then manage all the heroes and villains that populate the world. In this case though, you won't just be deal with Marvel's current crop of teen heroes. All of the big guns have been de-aged to a time when they could easily pass as classmates for Kamala Khan and Miles Morales.
The teaser trailer hints at the possible characters and kinds of buildings you'll be able to create, such as training facilities, dorms, laboratories, classrooms and sports stadiums. There are some nice Easter eggs in there for characters like Squirrel Girl, Thanos, HYDRA, Nick Fury and more, but so far we only know that the characters teased in the yearbook will be coming to the game. With Avengers Academy, it'll be up to you to build the locations to get the characters trained up for battle and storylines. I'm a bit curious just what all that will entail, as there are already numerous Marvel fighting games available, and Avengers Academy will need some new (besides the characters being kids) hook to stand out.
More details will be coming in the lead-up to Marvel Avengers Academy's release in 2016. I'd like to see some actual gameplay action before I get to excited about another building game, whether it's got the Marvel name attached or not. In the meantime, you can learn more and get updates from TinyCo's website.