Marvel's Avengers delays next-gen versions and new characters

Yolanda Curtis
October 17, 2020

Crystal Dynamics has added more late-game content in recent weeks, including new types of missions.

"In our almost 30-year history, Crystal Dynamics has never shipped a game under conditions like these; from working at home to avoid a pandemic, to some of us evacuating said homes to stay safe from wildfires". With this in mind, we've made a decision to push Kate Bishop's Operation launch back a bit, out of October.

Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) will soon join the lineup too, while Spider-Man is supposed to land on the PlayStation versions of Marvel's Avengers early next year.

Crystal Dynamics is offering players a digital thank-you bundle as a sign of their appreciation.

This bundle will include 1,500 Credits (enough to buy a Legendary Skin and Nameplate from the Marvel's Avengers Marketplace), 7,000 Units (enough for a Legendary Skin from the Helicarrier Cosmetic Vendor), 250 Upgrade Modules (for upgrading high-level gear), 20 DNA Keys (to unlock special blue crates), and a Sarah Garza-inspired Nameplate. As players investigate the source of them, they will pick up on a story that begins shortly after the conclusion of the Reassemble campaign. The developers will also be working on improving matchmaking and reward tuning, as well as improvements to late game content. The studio plans to reveal more about the future of the game next month. As the Avengers Initiative narrative continues to unfold, the stakes will get higher and the challenges harder.

This refocus on quality means that the planned Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 versions have also been pushed into next year, with Amos saying: the team wants "to ensure that we give our team the time to deliver a next-gen experience showcasing all that this game is meant to be". There will be another War Table livestream event in November and we will most likely hear about when this new Marvel's Avengers patch will drop, as well as more information on Kate and Hawkeye, when that happens.

On the Kate Bishop DLC, Amos said "Moving forward, we intend to have a fixed, predictable patching cycle to ensure all new content meets both our and your high standards and has time for extensive internal testing". This is, in part, why we have taken our responsibility developing Marvel's Avengers so seriously. Analytics have backed up this idea, as Marvel's Avengers has struggled to maintain a larger playerbase following release. "We may be apart, but we are all in this together".

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