Marvel's Avengers pushes back Kate Bishop DLC and delays next-gen launch

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics posted a state of the game update on Marvel's Avengers, where they shared several changes in development plans.

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Marvel’s Avengers has only been out for a couple of months, but has already had quite the journey leading up to and after its release. Met with lukewarm responses, many players praised the game's story, while the game’s multiplayer mode struggled to garner that same love. Analytics have backed up this idea, as Marvel’s Avengers has struggled to maintain a larger playerbase following release. Originally set to get some DLC as well as a next-gen launch soon, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have announced that Marvel’s Avengers will now launch in 2021 for the Xbox Series X.

A state of the game update was posted to the Square Enix website, where Crystal Dynamics Head of Studio Scot Amos spoke to fans about a number of matters. First, he thanked those that have stuck with the game and played through what was a very buggy online experience at launch. As a thank you, players will receive the following items in a free bundle:

  • Credits: 1500 – Enough for a Legendary Skin and Nameplate from the Marketplace      
  • Units: 7000      
  • Upgrade Modules: 250      
  • DNA Keys: 20      
  • A Sarah Garza-Inspired Nameplate

This bundle will be available from October 22 to November 5.

In this post, Amos also speaks to the future content in Marvel’s Avengers. The developer had initially planned to launch the Kate Bishop DLC this month, but the new character, along with her story-expanding missions, have been delayed. It’s currently unclear when Kate Bishop will now arrive in Marvel’s Avengers.

Marvel’s Avengers was originally scheduled to launch for the next-gen consoles alongside their respective launches this November, but that has been delayed as well. Marvel’s Avengers will now launch on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 in 2021. Crystal Dynamics promises that more details will come soon.

Marvel’s Avengers’ online mode has struggled to garner a large player base, as we recently saw reports that the game had dipped below 1,000 concurrent players. We praised the game in our Shacknews review, but shared the common gripes with the multiplayer component. Count on Shacknews for the latest news and updates on Marvel’s Avengers.

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    October 16, 2020 8:40 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Marvel's Avengers pushes back Kate Bishop DLC and delays next-gen launch

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      October 16, 2020 10:31 AM

      R.I.P.

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      October 16, 2020 11:21 AM

      I bought this game on release day, played it for a few hours, enjoyed playing Ms Marvel, didn't really enjoy the Hulk, and it completely fell off the radar. There should be a dedicated daily or at least a weekly thread about this game but there isn't. It seems like it died on arrival.

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        October 16, 2020 11:25 AM

        There honestly is not just much to talk about. I still play it daily and they dropped a pretty big patch this week that fixed issues and added some new content. I do think the early content does not do a good job of sucking people in though.

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          October 16, 2020 11:31 AM

          Is the best path to power/gear still running the same mission 100s of times?

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            October 16, 2020 11:35 AM

            I honestly have not gotten that deep into maximizing it out of trying to get decent 5* items in all my slots before leveling them. I do know some people are really into min/maxing, but I kind of play whatever while focusing on mainly leveling up character cards.

            I will say a big flaw is that the daily boss missions are like the same four bosses and they get pretty tedious. For me though this is definitely a "play while something else is on in the background" kind of game.

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        October 16, 2020 12:18 PM

        Hulk is actually super fun late game. He does so much AOE damage with the ground pound. It's hilarious if you have someone in your party with Pym particle effects if you fight Taskmaster on top of the building because if he gets shrunk you can pick him up and just toss him over the side for a quick kill (although you don't get any drops).

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        October 16, 2020 1:04 PM

        what platform are you playing this on? is it worth the $80?

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          October 16, 2020 1:05 PM

          My point is that I’m not playing at all because it’s lame and boring.

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            October 16, 2020 1:09 PM

            damn. guess i'll start up warframe.

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            October 16, 2020 2:40 PM

            n/m, just bought it, better not disappoint ThomW!

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              October 16, 2020 2:41 PM

              lol I hate you ;)

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                October 16, 2020 2:55 PM

                does that mean you're not going to power level me?

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      October 16, 2020 11:22 AM

      Oh yeah I forgot thats out.

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      October 16, 2020 11:23 AM

      Yeah, that game is a disaster on Anthem level proportions.

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        October 16, 2020 1:09 PM

        I dont think this is anywhere near as bad as Anthem, there is a lot more to like. The single player story alone is worth the price of admission. The games as a service part I am not as excited about as I once was, but at this point I already got my monies worth, the rest might just be gravy on top if I go back in.

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      October 16, 2020 11:23 AM

      I feel bad for them. I loved their tomb raider games but nothing about this seemed fun to me from the videos.

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      October 16, 2020 11:54 AM

      I still play this game regularly. The recent QoL patch was pretty good and they added a little bit of weekly/daily content for high power level folks.

      There's gonna be a lot of other stuff to play in November though, so I don't know how I feel about that content getting delayed into PS5/Yakuza/Cyberpunk land.

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      October 16, 2020 12:28 PM

      Game is buggy, but fun and improving but not at the pace the internet would like. I play daily and have been grinding for orange gear although I'm not exactly sure that the oranges are always the best. There's new stuff that makes cosmic gear also easier to grind for that they just released.

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