Disassembled: Heroes Among Us is a (Fictional) fighting video game based upon the fictional universe of Marvel Comics. The game was developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Disney Interactive Studios for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. It was released in April 2013 in North America, Europe, and Australia, and June 2013 in Japan. An expanded version of the game, titled Disassembled: Heroes Among Us Ultimate Edition, was released in November 2013 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Wii U, and Microsoft Windows. A free-to-play mobile app based on Disassembled was also released for Android and iOS devices.
Players select one of several characters from the Marvel Universe to engage in combat, aiming to knock out their opponent. The game is set in a 2.5D environment; while character models and backgrounds are rendered in three-dimensional graphics, the characters are restricted to fight within a two-dimensional space. Disassembled builds upon several aspects from NetherRealm Studios' previous title, Mortal Kombat, including its controls, game mechanics, narrative-driven campaign, and online functionality.
The storyline is set within an alternate version of the Marvel universe, dubbed in the story as "Earth-615." In this reality, Iron Man becomes a tyrant and establishes a new world order after the Green Goblin tricks him into killing Pepper Potts and toppling Stark Tower. In an effort to stop this, Captain America summons counterparts of the Avenger's members from the main "Earth-616" universe to join his Insurgency and end the totalitarian Regime. The game received positive reviews from critics, who praised its story, gameplay mechanics, and use of the Marvel Comics license. Disassembled became the highest selling game in the United States and United Kingdom during the month of its release. The game also won several awards for "Best Fighting Game" in 2013. A sequel titled Disassembled 2 was released in May 2017.
Ultimate Edition Edit
On October 7, 2013, the "Ultimate Edition" of Disassembled: Heroes Among Us was announced to be released on November 12 of the same year. It was available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and PC. It includes all 6 DLC Characters, all DLC skins, and all DLC S.H.I.E.L.D. Missions for Free. Players will also gain access to the alternate costumes (that isn't DLC) that was already in the standard edition right off the bat. The PS3, PS4, PSVITA and X360 versions cost $59.99 on release, the PC version $49.99, and the Vita version $39.99.
Playable Characters Edit
Disassembled features a launch roster of thirty characters from the Marvel Comics universe, spanning from iconic characters like Spider-Man, Captain America and Wolverine, to lesser-known characters such as Moonstone and Hela.
The game contains thirty main playable characters, while there will be at least 6 DLC characters. The DLC characters were revealed to be Nova, Spider-Woman, Boba Fett, Cable, Super-Skrull, and Psylocke.
DLC Characters Edit
Non-Playable Characters Edit
In an alternate universe (Earth-615), the Sinister Six stage a raid on Stark Industries that goes disastrously awry, leaving to an explosion that levels Stark Tower and three city blocks; Tony Stark's pregnant fiancé Pepper Potts was among the many thousand civilian casualties. Captain America apprehends the Six's leader, Green Goblin, and interrogates him on the SHIELD Helicarrier when a devastated and enraged Stark, outfitted in his Iron Man armor, breaks into the interrogation room and murders Goblin in retribution. Over the following years, Iron Man's pledge to prevent incidents like Stark Tower from ever happening again would ultimately culminate in appointing himself the ruthless leader of a unified One Earth Regime government that eliminates crime through a worldwide surveillance system and legions of Ultron police drones. The Avengers become divided over time, with those who support Iron Man's ideals side with the Regime, while others are lead by Captain America as an Insurgency group.
Five years after the fall of Stark Tower, the Insurgency discovers an alternate universe, "Earth-616," where the Sinister Six's plan failed, and teleport that world's Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye and Wolverine into their universe to help end the totalitarian Regime. Spider-Man and Green Goblin are also transported due to a mishap, but are separated after both flee from a sentry of Ultron drones. Entering this world's Xavier Institute, seemingly rebuilt as a fortified, heavily militarized complex, 616 Wolverine frees this world's Deadpool from torture before reuniting with his allies to fight against this world's Red Hulk and an alternate version of Wolverine's very son, Daken. Black Panther visits the archives of Wakanda, where he learns how this world's Iron Man slowly descended into tyranny and that continual intimidation has finally broken the spirit of this world's Black Panther, agreeing to Wakanda's subjugation under the Regime. T'Challa is forced to combat his own counterpart before Loki—a surprise Insurgency supporter—unexpectedly appears and transports T'Challa back to his allies.
The 616 heroes meet with the alternate Captain America in the Savage Land, the Insurgency's last stand. Cap and the alternate Doctor Doom, an Insurgent mole within the Regime, explain that a nanotech pill has been made to blink them out of the Regime's survellience, as well as that over time this reality's Tony Stark has become more machine than man, modifying his body techno-organic Extremis virus. Cap explains that before his untimely death, Hank Pym developed an "anti-Extremis" weapon stored in the abandoned Avengers Mansion. DNA samples from longstanding Avengers are required to unlock it, explaining the Earth-616 heroes being called in to help. Meanwhile, the 616 Spider-Man pursues his Green Goblin in Manhattan, but the Vision and Wasp mistake him for a Spidey clone and arrest him. Goblin then encounters this reality's Goblin—in actuality, his "son," Harry Osborn, who oversees the underground Goblin Nation militia who antagonize the Regime's forces. The Insurgents sneak into the decrepit Avengers Mansion, fighting off Regime enforcers, and successfully retrieve the anti-Extremis weapon.
Back on Earth-616, the Avengers attempt to recover their missing comrades, but their teleporter accidentally sends Vision into the alternate universe, where he joins the Insurgency effort and partners with Deadpool to commandeer the Regime's surveillance hub, revealed to be a re-purposed Helicarrier while the other Insurgents stage a break-in of the Raft facility to rescue the 616 Spider-Man. Iron Man and his Regime forces storm the Raft, but the Insurgents narrowly escape—another member added to their ranks being Thor, who apparently originally sided with the Regime but only realized the error of his choices once he became unworthy to wield Mjölnir and was promptly jailed. Iron Man flies off to the Helicarrier, detecting its impending detonation, but is too late, with Deadpool having overcharged its core, setting off a massive explosion. Doom attempts to use the anti-Extremis weapon to kill Iron Man, but War Machine stops him, giving Iron Man an opportunity to execute Doom.
Doom's murder was globally televised, and matched with the destruction of the Helicarrier anti-Regime sentiment begins to bubble over. Black Panther's forces begin to retaliate against the Ultron drones patrolling Wakanda's border, and Latverian citizens stage a revolt out of outrage of the sudden death of their beloved ruler. Iron Man decides to obliterate both countries as a means to contain the situation and makes further plans to invade Earth-616 as punishment for its meddling. Most of the Regime's inner circle is apprehensive but silent save for War Machine, still appalled over Doom's murder and outraged that Tony would suggest mass genocide as a means of containment. Tony callously murders his best friend in retaliation, causing the formerly pro-Regime Spider-Man to defect and warn the Insurgency of Iron Man's plans.
The 616 heroes convince Cap to teleport their Iron Man to fight off against his counterpart. When open war between the Regime and Insurgency erupts, Loki transports Thor back to Asgard and reveals that Iron Man has cajoled Hela, ruler of Asgard following Odin's demise, to send an army to destroy Latveria. Meanwhile, 616 Ms. Marvel and this reality's Storm break into the Baxter Building to apprehend the teleportation device now needed to bring 616 Iron Man. While Storm is being overpowered by the White Queen, Thor is defeating Hela and rallies his fellow Asgardians to support the Insurgency instead. As Thor turns the tide, Mjölnir unearths from its resting place, but does not return to Thor. Instead, Storm's indomitable spirit makes her worthy to wield Mjölnir, imbuing her with enough power to defeat White Queen. Ms. Marvel herself defeats several former Avengers of this reality, berating them for aligning themselves with the Regime. Carol's counterpart contends that she believed she was doing the right thing, but Wasp breaks down into tears and admits she sided with Tony largely for fear of her own life, with the memory of Tony's murder of Hank Pym being long repressed by White Queen. 616 Iron Man is successfully transported and helps defeat powerful Regime enforcers, including a mind-controlled Hulk. Iron Man engages in a final confrontation against his counterpart in the Doomstadt Castle where he emerges victorious, ending the reign of the Regime.
After Iron Man's downfall, the Regime is dismantled and all its accomplices are arrested, including this world's Spider-Man, who goes willingly. Doom's mask is placed in a memorial in Latveria, Harry Osborn sends his "father" back to his reality after admitting he was being manipulated by the villain, Storm begins her plans to rehabilitate the oppressed mutant community and bring back the X-Men, and Thor solemnly looks upon Asgard's empty throne. The villainous Iron Man has most of his cybernetic implants as well as the Extremis virus purged from his system, replaced with an exoskeleton of plastic and optical fiber—a literal shell of the man he once was. 616 Iron Man admits to this world's Cap that he's uncertain if he would have done the things his counterpart did if he went through the same thing. The alternate Cap he hopes Tony never has to learn what he's truly capable of in the name of the greater good. As they walk away, the alternate Iron Man glares with a metallic glimmer in his eye, indicating that the Extremis virus might not have been fully purged from his body.
Disassembled: Heroes Among Us was first announced on May 31, 2012, shortly before the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Developer Ed Boon revealed plans to offer depth and promised a rich amount of single-player content and layered features for tournament players. Similar to NetherRealm's previous comic-book-related title, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, there were restrictions on how violent the game can be, though Boon states he is planning to push the T rating, replacing violence with "crazy, over-the-top action."
Unlockable Skins Edit
Spider-Man Black Suit - Unlocked by getting 3 stars on all S.H.I.E.L.D. missions.
Spider-Man Scarlet Spider - Unlocked by getting a Disney Infinity account linked to the game.
Wolverine Daken - Unlocked by competing in and winning an online-ranked match.
Ultimate Doctor Doom - Unlocked by getting at least 1 star in every S.H.I.E.L.D. mission.
Thunderbolts Black Widow - Unlocked by reaching Level 30.
Iron Patriot War Machine - Unlocked by beating all of War Machine's S.H.I.E.L.D.missions (At least 1 star).
Joe Fixit Hulk - Unlocked by completing Classic Battle with any character.
Iron Man Heartbreaker Armor - Unlocked by completing the Story Mode.
- Avengers Mansion - Heroic Age
- Avengers Mansion - Disassembled
- Baxter Building
- Ravencroft Asylum
- Hell's Kitchen
- Morlock's Alley
- Ryker's Island
- Savage Lands
- SHIELD Helicarrier
- Stark Tower
- Times Square
- Xavier Institute
Like Mortal Kombat, Disassembled: Heroes Among Us is a 2D fighting game featuring numerous DC characters. Characters will be organized according to skill features: Power Users and Gadget Users. Each type can interact with their environments differently. All characters will have several unique abilities and special moves. The game will feature a single-player component in addition to multiplayer and tournament features.
The game also features the light, medium, and heavy attack array traditional to fighting games. These attacks can trigger various move sets, can chain together to form combos, and will gradually fill up the player's Super Meter. Characters will also have "Character Trait" buttons that activate unique fighting styles and abilities.
While modeled somewhat on Mortal Kombat, Disassembled features a new blocking system more akin to Street Fighter and a new "Wager" system. During a combo, the defending player can activate it by pressing forward and (X for PS3)(A for Xbox 360) (ZR for Wii U). At this point, both players place a hidden bet using a portion of their super meters. The highest bidder wins the clash, either rewarding health or finishing off the devastating combo. The Wager immediately ends the combo and triggers unique character dialogue before initiating combat again.
Game Stages will feature destructible environments and character costumes will deteriorate over the course of the battle. Also in the style of Mortal Kombat, the characters will receive notable battle damage, such as exposed muscle, although it will not reach the extremities of the aforementioned series. Some Stages will feature objects that players can use. The Danger Room, for example, can fire rockets at players in the Xavier Institute location.
Downloadable Content Edit
- Boba Fett
Downloadable Skins Edit
- Silver Age Pack 1: This pack comes with a costume for Iron Man, Thor and Hulk inspired by the Silver Age iterations of the characters, made famous by artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. The Pack is available by pre-ordering the game from GameStop, now regular DLC. Red Son pack is also available on the IOS version of the game.
- Earth X Pack: This pack comes with a costume for Thor, Captain America and Doctor Doom from the Earth X miniseries. This pack is available by buying the game from Wal-Mart, but now regular DLC on "Ultimate Edition."
- The Ultimates Costume Pack: This pack comes with a costume for Captain America, Iron Man and Thor from the Ultimates Comic Series. Could get this by Buying the Collector's Edition or Battle Edition, now regular DLC.
- Marvel Zombies Pack: This pack includes alternate skins from the coveted Marvel Zombies comic book story. The pack also includes a zombie mode, where every character is turned into the undead. Could get this by pre-ordering the game at Amazon.com or Best Buy, now regular DLC.
- Raimi Pack: This pack includes alternate skins for Spider-Man, Green Goblin and Sandman inspired by their designs from the Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man film trilogy. Get this by being one of the first 5000 to vote for any Super Battle or by signing up for Injustice updates via email, now available on "Ultimate Edition."
- Season Pass: The Season Pass will be available when the game is released and will have New X-Men Costumes of Emma Frost, Wolverine and Beast. It will also come with 4 DLC characters: Cable, Psylocke, Boba Fett and Nova.
- Girls Pack: This pack includes alternative skins of Captain Marvel, Storm, and Wasp. Captain Marvel's "Warbird" costume, Storm in her Jim Lee design, and Wasp in her J.G. Jones design, made famous in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
- Shattered Dimensions Pack: This pack includes alternate skins from the Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions video game. Comes with 3 skins of Spider-Man (Noir, 2099, Ultimate).
- Silver Age Pack 2: This pack includes 3 skins of Captain America, Hawkeye and Captain Marvel inspired by their Silver Age iterations.
- Marvel Zombies Pack 1: This pack includes 3 skins of Spider-Man, Iron Man and Hulk based on their Marvel Zombies appearance.
- Marvel Zombies Pack 2: This pack includes 3 skins of Captain America, Black Panther and Wasp based on their Marvel Zombies appearance.
- MC2 Pack: This pack includes 3 skins based on characters from the MC2 universe: Spider-Girl (Spider-Man), Stinger (Wasp) and Wild Thing (Wolverine).
- The First Avenger Captain America Skin: Captain America's appearance in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger.
- MCU Loki: Loki's appearance in the MCU films, as portrayed by Tom Hiddleston. This is a free skin with the compatibility pack update that can be bought when purchasing Super-Skrull.
- Monica Rambeau as Captain Marvel: Monica Rambeau as an alternate skin for Captain Marvel. This is a free skin with the compatibility pack that can be bought when purchasing Magneto.
- Captain America No More: Captain America's black-clad suit, first debuted in Captain America #336, when Steve Rogers went by only "The Captain." This is a free skin with the compatibility pack that can be bought when purchasing Spider-Woman.
- Mangaverse Pack: ___, Black Widow's and Storm's appearances in Marvel Mangaverse.
- Mandarin's Iron Man 3 Skin: Based Mandarin's depiction in the 2013 film Iron Man 3, as portrayed by Sir Ben Kingsley. This is a free skin with the gameplay patch.
Mobile App Edit
Disassembled: Heroes Among Us' companion mobile app with a single-player fighting game component was released on iTunes on March 29th. It is a free-to-play game that allows users to make in-app purchases. As characters progress and unlock content in either the full game or the mobile game, they will also unlock content for the other, rewarding players who play both components. Players can earn rewards on the mobile version by syncing with the console version and vice-versa by logging in to a WBID.
Unlockable Skins Edit
- Spider-Man 2099
- Ultimate Venom
- Iron Man Lockdown
- Ms. Marvel
- MCU Black Widow
As part of the game's marketing campaign, Marvel Comics released the comics digitally on a weekly schedule beginning on January 15, 2013. The titles served as a prequel to Dissassembled, detailing the various events leading up until the game. The series is written by Tom Taylor and illustrated by Jheremy Raapack.
The first issue of the Disassembled comic is available in the Collector's Edition bundle.
- Troy Baker- Hawkeye
- Laura Bailey - Scarlet Witch
- Ogie Banks - Wolverine (Daken), Wakandan Soldier
- Steve Blum - Wolverine, Announcer
- Jessica DiCicco - Spider-Girl
- John DiMaggio - Sandman, Venom
- Jennifer Hale - Captain Marvel
- Mark Hamill - Green Goblin
- Tom Kane - Doctor Doom, Ultron, Endings Narrator
- Josh Keaton - Spider-Man
- Hoon Lee - Mandarin
- Phil LaMarr - War Machine
- John de Lancie - Loki
- Vanessa Marshall - Black Widow (Natasha)
- James C. Mathis III - Black Panther, SHIELD Guard
- Matthew Mercer - Iron Man, Boba Fett
- Danielle Nicolet - Storm, Monica Rambeau
- Nolan North - Deadpool, Radio Host #2
- Colleen O'Shaughnessey - Wasp, Radio Host #1, Stinger
- Roger Craig Smith - Captain America
- Brent Spiner - Vision
- Fred Tatasciore - Hulk, Beast
- Kari Wahlgren - Emma Frost, Wild Thing
- Travis Willingham - Thor, Wakandan Librarian
- Gwendoline Yeo - Black Widow (Yelena), Psylocke
- Andrea Romano - Voice Director