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Marvel’s Avengers War Table brings Beta breakdown & Hawkeye reveal

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Marvel’s Avengers War Table brings Beta breakdown & Hawkeye reveal

Clint Barton strings up his bow and prepares to reassemble as a post-launch Hero.

Hello PlayStation Nation! Our second Marvel’s Avengers War Table dropped today, loaded with Beta goodness and a tease of one of our first post-launch heroes. Read on for all the key info!

But first, we want to say a massive thank-you to fans around the world that tuned into our first two Marvel’s Avengers War Table streams and provided great feedback on both the format and the content. Keep it coming!

Okay, on to the big news from today.

Marvel’s Avengers War Table brings Beta breakdown & Hawkeye reveal

Beta Breakdown

Beta Dates

So when can you get your hands on the Marvel’s Avengers Beta? The answer is next week! 

  • August 7 – PlayStation Advantage Pre-order Beta: As part of our PlayStation Advantage, those of you who have preordered Marvel’s Avengers will be the first in the world to get your hands on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes the weekend of August 7-9. Pre-load: August 6.
  • August 14 – Open Beta: The second Beta weekend will be open to the entire PS4 community as part of our PlayStation Advantage partnership. Pre-load: August 13.   
  • August 21 – Open Beta: Same as the above — our final weekend is also an Open Beta for all PlayStation players. Pre-load: August 20.     

Want to ensure you’re ready to go as soon as the Marvel’s Avengers Beta drops? You’ll need a Square Enix Member’s account to participate, which we use to validate pre-order codes and content, as well as to deliver post-launch goodies, like new heroes, new missions, and new regions at no cost. 

Beta Content

What will you be playing come Beta day? We built the Marvel’s Avengers Beta to give you a slice of the full game experience: single-player content from the original campaign, co-op War Zone missions, hero and world progress, and even more! Here’s a brief overview of the Beta content.

Golden Gate Bridge Demo: The Golden Gate Bridge sequence of A-Day is a roller-coaster that gives you a chance to try out the unique combat and traversal style of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and Black Widow. We’ve even included a boss battle against longtime Natasha nemesis Taskmaster. After completing A-Day, the Beta will give you access to new story Hero Missions, and eventually War Zones, where you can play as Iron Man, Hulk, Kamala, or Black Widow.

To Find Olympia: In this Hero Mission, you’ll play as Kamala and Hulk in search of the last known location of JARVIS, exploring the beautiful forests of the American Pacific Northwest. We’ve thrown in another boss fight for good measure, which will test your resolve against a fellow big green guy.

Missing Links: After finishing the Olympia Archive, Kamala and Hulk will take the Quinjet to the frozen Russian Tundra on a mission called “Missing Links” with the goal of uncovering SHIELD secrets.

HARM Challenge Rooms: Next up, the Beta will test your grit through Marvel’s Avengers’ Holographic Augmented Reality Machine rooms, also known as HARM Rooms. These virtual training simulators let you take on increasingly difficult waves of enemies with other players, or with companion AI. In the Beta, you’ll unlock three HARM challenge rooms, which are called Excursions when chained together in the full game. Once you best the three rooms, you’ll earn a Nameplate that carries over to the full retail version of the game.

WAR ZONES: Once you’ve unlocked an operational War Table in the Beta, you’ll have the option to tackle a series of War Zone and Drop Zone missions with friends or your AI team. We broke down War Zones extensively in a past PlayStation blog, which we highly recommend you check out. There will be five Beta War Zones to play, filled to the brim with human and robotic AIM baddies to beat. In the full game, War Zone missions can range in duration from as short as 10 minutes to around two hours in length. Drop Zones are a smaller, more focused version of War Zones, and they almost always have just one Objective, and are great for earning gear or leveling heroes. The Beta will include five Drop Zones.

Beta Progression

As we described earlier, we’ve built the Beta to let you sample many of the different types of gameplay and systems that you’ll find in the final game. The Beta includes missions built for different players and power levels. As you build your Heroes, you will take on increasingly ambitious missions.

Hero progression is one of Marvel’s Avengers main systems, and the Beta gives a taste of earning experience to level up your unique Hero. In the Beta, you’ll have access to the starting Skill page for each hero. As you earn experience you level up, and each level will grant you a Skill Point. You can then spend these to unlock Skills and shape what each of your Avengers can do.  You can reach up to a Hero Level of 15 and a Power Level of 45 in the Beta.

There are dozens of cosmetics to acquire and show off during the Beta. Cosmetics are available to acquire as part of progression with a gifted amount of in-game currency. No store transactions can be made with real money during the Beta.

In addition to the HARM Challenge Room nameplate, you’ll unlock a second exclusive nameplate for participating in the Beta, which will be carried over to launch. Other progress – such as story progress, gear, and character leveling, will not be carried over to the final game.

However, your progress will carry over between weekends; if you played the Beta on August 7, your progression carries over to August 14 and August 21. This gives you a chance to try and hit those level caps!

Our Post-Launch Plan

Our second Marvel’s Avengers War Table looked beyond the Beta though. We gave a quick glimpse of what the future holds by revealing that fan-favorite Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, is coming to the post-launch campaign.

In Marvel’s Avengers, the “Reassemble” campaign follows Kamala Khan reuniting the Avengers and taking on the current AIM threat led by MODOK. Following that, players will enter the ever-present Avengers Initiative. Through the renovated helicarrier, you’ll expand your team to protect Earth from an array of threats, and in doing so, gain access to new heroes, new missions, and new regions.  

A ton of work goes into new heroes, as we’ve designed them from the ground up to ensure each delivers a unique experience that honors their comic book legacy. Like the core six heroes, all future characters will have custom move sets and combos, Skills, Gear, Heroics, outfits, emotes, and name plates. From a gameplay and cosmetic standpoint, we’ve drawn on 80 years of Marvel history.

Hawkeye is no exception. Our team revisited their favorite comic arc at the beginning of any hero concept process, including Writer Matt Fraction and Artist David Aja’s “My Life as A Weapon.” Hawkeye has his own in-depth story mission chain, and it’s unique from the main campaign because it can be played either co-op or solo, whichever you prefer. He’ll also bring a new villain with him, which you’ll learn about in the future along with other surprises! Below you can see concept art from one of his alternative outfits, drawn from the aforementioned My Life as A Weapon comic.

We’ve got big plans for Marvel’s Avengers. The fight against AIM is only just beginning, and reassembling the Avengers is just the start. There is much more story and heroes on the horizon.

Marvel’s Avengers Fortnite Collab

Before wrapping up the second Marvels’ Avengers War Table, we had one last surprise in store! We’re excited to reveal that we’re teaming up with the Fortnite team for some awesome in-game rewards. Players who complete the Beta’s three HARM-room challenges will earn the Hulk Smashers Pickaxe with a bonus Hulkbuster style in Fortnite. You can visit Fortnite.com for more info!

The Bigger Picture

We revealed a lot during the July Marvel’s Avengers War Table. The Beta is BIG, but it’s only a fraction of what our passionate team has carefully crafted.

Marvel’s Avengers will feature a full-length campaign, over 80 War Zones/Drop Zones, more than 50 enemy types, regularly updated configurations of HARM rooms and challenges, and even more later game mission types. 

On top of that, you get six heroes with the game at launch, each with more than 50 skills to upgrade, and gear and outfits to earn and unlock. The longer you play the game, the more it grows and evolves as we add new characters like Hawkeye, and new story content and regions – all at no additional cost. We’re pretty excited about what the future holds for Marvel’s Avengers.


Keep an eye on the PlayStation blog next week for some Beta tips and tricks from our Dev team. We can’t wait to see you on the Quinjet!

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46 Comments

  • Hi Meagan,

    Why is there a one-time online access requirement for the single-player campaign? If I don’t sign in does that mean I can’t play the single player portion?

  • Today was the best showing for this game so far. Excited to play the beta next week. I hope Spider-Man is one of those post launch heroes too. It looked like you already had some swinging mechanics in the game that would fit him perfectly.

    • I doubt spiderman will be joining the game since sony partially owns him. Also the web swinging kinda mechanic did not look nearly as fluid as the spiderman game swinging. It would be awesome if they did add him somehow though.

    • Why would they want to damage the Spiderman game franchise’s name being associated with this forced online mess?

    • Money. Next silly question?

    • @jarjarbinks1525 you are wrong. Sony only owns the license to the movie rights to Spider-man. Nothing else.

  • If I pre-ordered from Best Buy, will I receive early beta access?

  • I’ve pre-ordered on the PSN store and haven’t received a beta code. How can I retrieve it? Any guidance or help is welcome.

  • I hope that they add
    Spider-Man, Deadpool, some of the X-Men like Wolverine, and Fantastic Four

    • As far as I’m aware, Activision still own the rights to Deadpool’s video game series.
      Spidey is Sony so unlikely.

      Not sure on the others.

    • The X-Men are a separate ecosystem and Deadpool is part of it. Sure, crossovers happen, but I wouldn’t count on it.

    • wolverine was an avenger so it’s not impossible just improbable. Marvel is why a MVC game has never had the likes of gambit/rogue etc pass two. spider-man is likely as he was an avenger and is very popular.

    • Actually, Spidey and Wolverine were part of ‘The New Avengers’ storyarc, and not The Avengers.

    • “-….sluurrpp- actually”…. yes. they were both avengers.

    • @solacecreed

      Activision’s rights with Deadpool expired some years back. Sony NEVER owned the Spider-man license for games.

  • I hope that they add Spider-Man, Deadpool, some of the X-Men like Wolverine, and The Fantastic Four

  • Yeah after Kamala being pushed into this game I give up on all Marvel products. Didn’t by Iron Man VR for mine and will continue to boycott till propaganda is removed from gaming. If you disagree with me oh well I am Colombian and disappointed at what games are becoming, ADS for liberal colleges.

  • If there are no co-op trophies I’m in. I can’t stand relying on other gamers who don’t know what they’re doing to finish a trophy list.

  • This is looking like so much fun! Do we know for the beta, can you buy the vanilla version or does it have to be a deluxe version to have Beta access?
    Wanted to go ahead and pre-order, but didn’t want to buy the wrong version to be able to play the beta.
    Thanks in advance for any info!

    • Based on what I’ve read, you can pre-order any version to get access to the beta

    • There are actually 3 different versions, standard, exclusive (silver), and deluxe (gold). I recommend buying silver because that one comes with a 3-day early start to the actual release in September.

  • Awesome Hawkeye and I have one more question Hawkeye face it definitely look like the Jedi knight face from star wars the old republic just sayin and that Awesome Hawkeye ever and put some what about the wasp we can’t make the wasp is the member avengers to man like 4 iron man captain America hulk thor and Hawkeye and two women ms.marvel and black widow one more to go

    • or….choose people that are fun to play/wanted and knock of the inclusion division nonsense?

    • Err…what?? If you mean ‘what about Wasp’ then there’s more chance of her being put in to please the left but there are so many characters and all of them will make Marvel/SE money so expect most. Remember they can sell skins etc for each, the more they have the more money.

    • @Jisatsu_Kiddo It’s fascinating when people are so ignorant of comic book history, as you are. Wasp was one of the original Avengers and is an obvious choice for any initial group of Avengers in a new format. Perhaps you should calm down about trying to stop diversity and inclusion and educate yourself on the source material?

    • He does that alot then calls people out for knowing things better than he does.

    • I also forgot about Ant-man, he’d be cool to include since he was one of the originals.

    • When you see people say inept things that have nothing to do with a post you can let them be wrong, though most of the time people pick their own subject when replying and go “HAHA I WON”. ex you two

    • He replied directly to the ‘inclusion’ crap you’ve spouted. So, I fail to see how he ‘[said] inept things that have nothing to do with the post’.

      Not everyone elses fault you can’t read English properly.

  • All I want from Crystal Dynamics is a remake of Pandemonium 1 and 2. You are clearly not capable of much else potential then that.

    • I think it looks kinda repetitive but I think maybe this update has made me want to try the BETA. Play the game first dude. Just insulting the dev team before playing is sad.

    • As long as it isn’t as repetitive as I heard Shadow of the Tomb Raider was. Never got round to playing it off my backcatalogue.

      All Superhero games do have a level of repetivieness about them though. It’s the storylines that make them so good.

  • The Hawkguy alt costume pushed me to pre-order. So amazing to see the devs doing their homework. Easily the best (comic) version of Hawkeye!

  • Trying out the beta as the game is in the doubt zone for me.So thanks for that.

  • I’m not getting crappy or anything, but why did they show off Hawkeye right before the game releases?? Everyone was asking about this presence. Idk, I guess I’m just confused.

    • Could be they had other plans for him. If he’s free it’d suggest he was supposed to be in the final cut of the game and something went wrong in development.

  • Please let the Savage Avengers have a DLC….

  • Hello, I bought the digital copy at the psn store and I didin’t receive the redeem code for the beta acess, please help.

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