The upcoming Marvel’s Avengers beta is fast approaching, and thanks to the July War Table, we have the details. Before we get to those details, there are a few dates to keep in mind. PlayStation 4 owners with a pre-order will be able to experience the beta on August 7th. For PC and Xbox One pre-orders, they’ll have their beta on August 14th, during which will be an open beta for PlayStation 4 users. On August 21st, the open beta will be available for all platforms. With those out of the way, here’s what to expect from the Marvel’s Avengers beta.
For single player content, players will be able to experience the San Francisco A-Day mission. This is the same mission we played at New York Comic-Con 2019, and we had a blast. There will also be an extra story mission starring Kamala Khan and the Hulk, including a boss fight with the Abomination. The beta will include one of three skill pages that will give access to a variety of abilities. You’ll also be able to level up your heroes and tackle more challenging missions and foes as you progress. Ultimates, like Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor, will be fully available for players to test drive in the beta.
There are four heroes players will have access to in the beta, and they are Iron Man, Kamala Khan, Hulk, and Black Widow. The beta will have three different type of missions for up to four players. First up is the H.A.R.M. (Holographic Augmented Reality Machine) rooms, which work sort of like an X-Men Danger Room. This is where players can take on waves of enemies by themselves, or with a group of friends. They’re a great place to practice teamwork and earn name plates that carry over to the full game. There will be three in all for the beta, and those that have good teamwork will make it to more elite spaces of the HARM rooms.
The War Zone missions allow players to play either with companion AI or three other players. Five War Zone missions await in the beta, full of a variety of AIM enemies to challenge. All heroes will have special traversal mechanics like Iron Man’s flight, Hulk’s momentous jumps, and even Kamala’s swinging. War Zones will have multiple side objectives on top of the main goal. This could include things like taking down AIM bunkers, which have environmental puzzles to solve to get inside. Once inside, there could be valuable loot to pickup like gear, or even collectible comics.
The Drop Zone missions are a singular objective missions that are designed for quickplay. They’re great for leveling up heroes or earning gear by playing short missions with up to four players. Players will have access to just a fraction of what will be available in the full game, but hopefully the Marvel’s Avengers beta gives enough of a taste for everyone to get a handle on the experience. Also, through a partnership with Epic Games, those that play the beta on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One can earn in-game items for Fortnite. The Hulk Smashers pickaxe and the bonus Hulkbuster style await those that complete three HARM room challenges.
What do you think? Are you planning on trying the beta to see for yourself how you’ll like the game? Let us know in the comments below and look forward to more news on Marvel’s Avengers. The game will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia on September 4th. A PlayStation 5 and Xbox One version is expected to launch later this year. For those that purchase the current generation version, they’ll be able to upgrade to the next-gen versions for free. Feel free to watch the entire War Table presentation below.