A new lore trailer for Marvel’s Avengers reveals the first footage of gameplay with the Winter Soldier, aka Bucky Barnes, ahead of his release.
Marvel’s Avengers has released the first gameplay footage with its latest hero to join the roster.
“The Winter Soldier — Lore Trailer” gives fans their first look at the Hydra-brainwashed assassin in action, fighting alongside the Avengers against AIM’s goons. Bucky Barnes includes a diverse set of new moves and abilities, including one that appears to involve an explosive blast when slamming his arm down while he glows red. The trailer teases many of his skills and backstory come from the comics but with a unique Marvel’s Avengers flair, though it doesn’t specify many of these functions yet.
Earlier this week, Marvel’s Avengers teased fans with an in-depth look at Bucky’s tragic backstory, going back to his teen years as Captain America, aka Steve Roger’s, sidekick in World War II. After an accident leads to his capture by Hyrda, he’s experimented on and turned into a super soldier in his own right, forced to sleep when not in use as their unstoppable assassin called The Winter Soldier. During his captivity, Bucky began a romance with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow. They were later forced apart upon discovery, but the trailer hints that she comes looking for him after.
The gameplay trailer expanded on this, as it notes that he became distraught after the “death” of Steve Rogers following A-Day, the famous disaster that Marvel’s Avengers narrative begins with. Maria Hill gives Bucky a new purpose, offering him the chance to track down and rescue missing Inhumans to protect them. However, this comes to a halt when Monica captures him and reactivates The Winter Soldier using his mind control protocols. The new storyline sees Black Widow discover the location of the protocols and the teamwork to eliminate them to free Bucky from mind control once and for all.
New Heroes for Marvel’s Avengers
Marvel’s Avengers officially announced the Winter Soldier as the next hero months after a known leaker for the game, Miller, revealed plans for Bucky’s addition to the team. It came as something of a surprise when developer Crystal Dynamics said he would join next, as long-standing and all but confirmed rumors about She-Hulk coming to the game had led many to believe she’d be announced first. Some expected her to launch during She-Hulk: Attorney at Law‘s first season on Disney+ as particle promotion, similar to Jane Foster’s Thor when Thor: Love and Thunder came out in theaters.
Marvel’s Avengers is available now for PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. The Winter Soldier joins the roster of heroes on Nov. 29 as part of Patch 2.7.