Kate Bishop, the protégé of Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, is on her way to Marvel’s Avengers in the Taking AIM DLC. The title has a double meaning, as it also brings villain Super Adaptoid, an android created by A.I.M., an evil scientific organization. Taking AIM. Get it?
The DLC was originally scheduled to release in October, but Square Enix pushed it back in order to iron out a few issues (cough, over 1,000, cough) with the core game. The content is back on track, though, and looking at a December 8 release.
Kate Bishop was not only trained by Clint Barton, but she eventually took on the moniker of Hawkeye, making her the first female and third character overall to do so. She debuted in 2005 as a member of the Young Avengers.
In Marvel’s Avengers, she’ll be voiced by Ashley Burch. Burch is no stranger to video game voice acting, having performed the roles of Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn (and the upcoming Forbidden West), Tiny Tina in the Borderlands series, and Parvati Holcomb in The Outer Worlds, among many others.
There have actually been several characters named Super Adaptoid in the comics, but in every iteration it can mimic superpowers, as it will in the game as well. As one could imagine, this mimicry makes for a formidable foe.
“Kate Bishop, master archer and skilled gymnast, resurfaces after her investigation of Nick Fury’s disappearance following A-Day leads to her mentor Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) going missing as well. As she unravels the mystery behind the sudden appearance of the time-warping Tachyon Rifts, she uncovers a twisted new plan from AIM, which pushes her to work with the Avengers once again.”
It’s no secret that Marvel’s Avengers isn’t living up to Square Enix’s expectations. In addition to the very shaky, bug-filled launch, the game has also resulted in a significant loss for the publisher, costing them tens of millions of dollars.
The current number of active players is nowhere near what was anticipated. Square Enix is obviously hoping to remedy that with bug fixes and DLC, though plenty of reviewers found fault in the game itself, aside from the technical issues. The repetitive nature of the gameplay turned a lot of people off, and that’s a much harder issue to fix.
If they’re looking to bring in more players, adding a fairly minor character like Kate Bishop might not be the way to go. That being said, her character was probably being worked on before they realized the ship was sinking.
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