STOP EVERYTHING. I'm in the middle of writing a feature about something or other but who cares because! BECAUSE! LEGO Marvel Super Heroes!
Oh good heavens, it's my worlds all coming together in a thousand Christmasses. The infinite supply of utterly excellent Lego games from Traveller's Tales collides with the superheroics from the House Of Ideas, and if it isn't the best game ever I'm going to eat my own knees.
I'm aware I'm a little over-excited at the moment, but you see, in the last four months I've become just obsessed with devouring Marvel's superhero comics. I'm way behind everyone else here, but catching up as fast as I can. (For instance, I only finished reading Alias's run last night.) And as I not-so-subtly expressed, I was very disappointed with the super-weak Marvel Heroes beta. I'm just dying for a great game to see the Marvel universe come together, and the news that TT are developing such a thing has set my squee-drives to maximum.
Describing it as the "first instalment" in a franchise to feature Marvel characters, LEGO's angle on this is to link it to their Marvel-based bricks. John's angle on this is to team Spider-Man up with Jonah Jameson and smash bricks so coins come out!
It will have its own story, rather than being based on a film series (presumably the Avengers movie's lack of a plot hindered any hope of Legoifying it - zing). Here Nick Fury (I bet it's Ultimate Nick - everyone hates stupid original Fury now, the not-Samuel L Jackson-faced idiot) requests the help of Iron Man, the Hulk, Spidey, Wolverine and "other heroes spanning the Marvel Universe" to, well, save the Earth obviously. It's under threat from a vengeful Loki (presumably sadly not Kieron's Kid Loki) and a tummy-rumbling Galactus, Devourer Of Worlds. This will apparently take place in a plastic New York, as well as off-world locations.
As for who else might be appearing, Marvel's VP of games production, the excellently named TQ Jefferson (he really should be a character too - perhaps the editor of a rival paper to the Bugle), says,
"If you’re a fan of Spider-Man, the Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy or scores of other Marvel characters, this is the game for you."
There will be over 100 characters, in fact, with the tiny print in this press release reporting among them also are The Black Widow, Hawkeye and Deadpool.
But we have to wait until Autumn until we can have it! Autumn?! That's a million years away! Frustratingly it's being published by Warner, who have pissed around with the PC versions of LEGO games for a long while, not sent out PC review code for the last few despite many requests (and despite their being wonderful games), and failed to get the game properly on Steam until ages after release. Here's an early suggestion to them to not mess this one up.
IS IT AUTUMN YET?
(You know what - it's worth noting that RPS co-owner Kieron Gillen writes lots of Marvel books, and someone might think CORRUPTIONZ! at this post. Just to assure you, nope. John's just this ridiculous. - Ed)