Social gamers, assemble! The Avengers are here to save Facebook

Marvel Avengers Alliance
Marvel Avengers Alliance

When Playdom said that Disney-branded games were coming in 2012, we definitely did not expect this. Marvel and Playdom have revealed to USA Today that an Avengers Facebook game has been in the works for, well, a long time. And finally, the superhero-packed game, titled Avengers Alliance, is slated to hit the social network within the next three months. And just in time for the long-awaited Avengers flick landing on May 4.

Avengers Alliance is billed as a free-to-play strategy game, according to USA Today, and takes place within the same Avengers universe built by the films over the past few years. (You know, just in case any of you are total nerds, like this writer, and actually care about that sort of thing.) To set the scene, S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury is facing a global threat, and needs to call in the Avengers. However...

"The Avengers arrive and take one look at the situation and realize they need to call in everyone," VP of games production for Marvel Entertainment TQ Jefferson told USA Today. "You'll see not just the core Avengers, but characters like Wolverine, Spider-Man and characters from the Fantastic Four. When the Avengers call, everyone comes."

According to the website, this game was in development between Playdom and Marvel before Disney gobbled up either company, so Avengers Alliance has been in the works for an eternity (compared to most social games). Players will adventure alongside over 100 Marvel characters with a fully-customizable avatar in Avengers Alliance. Disney Interactive Media Group's Mike Rubinelli promises that Marvel's first venture into Facebook gaming won't "just be a casual click-fest." Mmm-hm.

(Ed. Note: Disney Interactive Media Group tells us that Avengers Alliance had been in the works within Disney since before the Playdom acquisition in 2010, and not between Playdom and Marvel since before Disney bought Marvel in 2009.)

[Image Credit: Disney Interactive Media Group]

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