Marvel’s Avengers, the 2020 live service game from Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, will lose its official developer support almost exactly three years to the day after its release studio said in a blog post. The final game update, version 2.8, is coming on March 31st with support for the game permanently shutting down on September 30th.
The team added that although developer support for the game ends, both single-player and multiplayer modes will still be available. The latest content pack, which added the Winter Soldier hero and Cloning Lab Omega-level threat as part of Update 2.7, will now serve as the game’s final content update, with the upcoming 2.8 patch only addressing balancing issues. The game economy will also be changed to reflect the new reality for co-op superhero romp.
“When update 2.8 launches on March 31, 2023, credits will no longer be available for purchase and any remaining credits will be converted to in-game resources to support ongoing adventures.”
For big fans and potential new players, the silver lining in the news is how the team will handle the game’s previously paid content packs.
“As a token of our appreciation for our community, starting March 31, 2023, we will be making all marketplace, challenge map, and shipping cosmetic content available to all players for free. Every single outfit, every takedown, every emote and every name tag [will be] free from this date.”
Debuting to mediocre reviews, Avengers was an often polarizing game in the years that followed, with some players enjoying heroes’ live service loop to upgrade and customize, while others denounced what they felt were forced in-game systems, taking away from what could have been something greater. By the end of the game, 12 different heroes were released, leaving many more of Marvel’s vast roster of characters untouched.
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