Taskmaster will be a lockbox for PVP Season 15.
There will be no lockbox in Spec Op 17: Ghosts of the Past.
Spec Op 18 features a group boss.
Marvel's Vice President of Games Production TQ Jefferson announce some new contents of Marvel Avengers Alliance at SXSW- 2014. MAA will weave into the upcoming movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," and introduce the "Guardians of the Galaxy". New story "Ghost of the Past" will be released on spec ops 17.
MAA has worked in film elements before. Previous Spec Ops have included stories that lined up with Marvel's yearly comic book events, and others that tied into the movies. Marvel Avengers Alliance Season 2 added more dimensions and worlds and made this game bigger. In this year MAA team will introduce "Winter Soldier" storyline and the Guardians characters.
The Winter Soldier missions will run parallel to the film, but the story will take its own path when it launches on Facebook in March. Players are going to get a chance to face Cap's enemies in a way that is unique to games. Jefferson said. "The missions features a great cast of characters longtime comic fans will know, and movie fans may just be getting introduced to like Captain America and Black Widow, or Viper and Baron Strucker. Each plays their role in The Winter Soldier's past and how he's being used in the present."
Meanwhile, though there may be a "Guardians of the Galaxy" event to tie into the upcoming movie, the characters will be introduced one at a time into the game. Rather than as a team."While we can't talk too much about the story of how the Guardians fit into the game's overall narrative, we'll get a chance to get to focus on the whole team in some upcoming content," Jefferson noted. "With that focus dedicated to the team the hope is that it will all integrate really well. We're really excited about expanding MAA into the cosmic Marvel Universe."
Beyond opening up the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe as a storytelling tool, on a more practical level players can look forward to using the Guardians to kick a whole lot of butt.
"You've got Groot, who is a massive tree and is very physical and monstrous like The Hulk," Jefferson said. "Rocket is going to pack a lot of heat with the array of guns he has available. You've got Gamora, an assassin and the deadliest woman in the known universe. Drax has a couple of big knives and is just as dangerous as Gamora. Then you have Star-Lord, the swashbuckler, who plays the lead role on the team. He'll have an array of abilities, he's pretty versatile."
With the additional characters, and the rapidly expanding universe, you know what time it is next? Crossover time. Or at least, not yet... Jefferson differed on announcing anything about a crossover at this time, though he did add that Marvel isn't ignoring the possibility of Easter Eggs or teases across different games.
"Taskmaster, who was announced as an upcoming playable character for MAA at the SXSW panel, was a major villain in a pair of our mobile games that tie into the MGU continuity," Jefferson added. "In MAA, when you recruit him, he makes reference to this and how much disdain he has for S.H.I.E.L.D. for putting an end to the nice setup he had in that game. After all, he's all about the money."
Taskmaster will be a lockbox for PVP Season 15. There will be no lockbox in Spec Op 17: Ghosts of the Past.
Source: MTV News, Playdom Media