Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics are feeling ambitious with its upcoming Marvel's Avengers game. It's a game that will span more than one console generation and come to a multitude of platforms. So it's worth asking, will Crystal Dynamics look into the idea of cross-platform play?
Shacknews recently had the opportunity to pitch that question to Marvel's Avengers Creative Director Shaun Escayg. Citing the recent movement from publisher Electronic Arts to institute cross-platform play into some of its upcoming blockbusters, as well Epic Games pushing its crossplay online services to more developers, it was worth asking whether Marvel's Avengers would likewise make the move to allow players on different platforms to play with one another.
"We love the idea of cross-platform play," Escayg told Shacknews. "It's not something that we are currently doing. Our launch is going to be as it is. We are doing cross-generational play. PS4 players will play with PS5 players, because we do have an upgrade pass. Jumping in day one on PS4, when you upgrade to your PS5, same with your Xbox One to your Xbox X, the idea that you can take your saved game and your progression with you. But we want to at least have within that ecosystem, PS4 to PS5 can connect for co-op and Xbox One to Xbox X can connect for co-op. Cross-generational, yes. Cross-platform, not at this time."
The upgrade pass is in reference to the recent PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of Marvel's Avengers that were announced earlier this week. Anybody who picks up a current-generation console version of the game on day one will be able to upgrade to that console's next-gen counterpart. But if you make the upgrade while a friend does not, at least you'll still be able to play together.
While cross-platform play has been ruled out for now, Crystal Dynamics appears adamant that Marvel's Avengers post-launch content will go far beyond the game's initial release date. Will the cross-platform stance change? There appears to be plenty of time for Square and Crystal Dynamics to do so. The Crystal Dynamics team has noted that there will be more War Table streams coming soon, including further details on post-launch content. Shacknews will be sure to watch out for those and we'll be sure to report on any news that comes out of them. Marvel's Avengers will release on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia on September 4. It's also coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X whenever those consoles release.