It would be a lie to say that Crystal Dynamics did not have an uphill battle with the release of Marvel’s Avengers in 2020. While the game was applauded for its excellent campaign that saw Kamala Khan finally get some much-deserved shine in the video game format. However, Marvel’s Avengers at its core was meant to be a live service game, and this is where a majority of the game’s criticism came from. Excessive grinding across multiple characters, meaningless gear/upgrades combined with a lackluster endgame. It was obvious to many that the game was in trouble.
This didn’t seem to stop Crystal Dynamics as they continued to push on with the game. Releasing a wealth of new characters, missions, cosmetics, and much more. On top of the constant stream of content, the developers were quick to respond to feedback in adjusting the grind time for characters and a variety of performance issues with the game. However, it appears all of this hard work was for not in the end.
The End Game For Marvel’s Avengers
It was revealed in an official blog post, that Marvel’s Avengers will cease with updates and new content this year. On September 30th, 2023 all official support for the game will be shut down. While servers will remain up for those that are still playing the game. There will be no future content plans or updates by the developer Crystal Dynamics. On top of this, the game will cease being sold officially across all digital marketplaces on September 30th. While physical copies will still be able to be found at physical retailers while supplies last.
It is not all sad news if you recently purchased the game however, as of March 31st all marketplace items such as emotes, cosmetics and more will be available to download for free. While developer support will drop in September, the game will still be playable both single-player and online after this point. That is of course if you already have a copy, or snag one before they go out of circulation. Any players that have microtransaction currency will find their balance converted into in-game currency in late March as the marketplace goes free for all players.
Marvel’s Avengers could have been one of the biggest games of 2020 just based on the sheer IP power alone. Unfortunately, it missed the mark majorly and now less then 3 years later the game will be laid to rest. This is a staunch reminder that not every game needs to be a live service game.