Rumor Suggests That Development On MARVEL'S AVENGERS Continues Relatively Unaffected

Rumor Suggests That Development On MARVEL'S AVENGERS Continues Relatively Unaffected Rumor Suggests That Development On MARVEL'S AVENGERS Continues Relatively Unaffected

Marvel's Avengers has had a challenging road, leading to speculation that it would stop being supported by Crystal Dynamics. However, a new rumor suggests a positive outlook for the game.

By DanielKlissmman - Aug 29, 2022 11:08 AM EST
Filed Under: Avengers
Source: Twitter (via GameFragger)

It's been a rocky road for Marvel's Avengers. The project became one of the most anticipated games in the past decade following its announcement in 2017. Upon its release in 2020, however, it was met with heavy criticism from players for its glitches, microtransactions and overall lack of content. 

Avengers has continued to struggle on two fronts since then; firstly, in living up to the continuous stream of content expected from games-as-a-service experiences; secondly, in attracting and retaining players. Both shortcomings put the game in a difficult situation. 

In Square Enix's 2021 annual report, company president Yosuke Matsuda stated Avengers had "produced a disappointing outcome." That, paired with the slow content output since release, put a question mark over the game's longevity. Could Avengers be a sustainable venture for the next few years, or would it be shut down? 

Crystal Dynamics, Marvel's Avengers developer, has officially been acquired by the Embracer Group along with other Square Enix assets. While the sale cast further doubt on the future of Avengers, a recent rumor points to the game possibly being in a somewhat stable position—for now, at least. Known Marvel's Avengers leaker Miller stated on Twitter that Embracer Group is interested in more collaborations with Marvel, and Avengers is, according to him, still being worked on without any significant changes: 

"From the outside looking in, it seems like Embracer [is] in the middle of working out a deal with Marvel that extends well beyond Avengers (which is understandable, with recent news suggesting both EA and Ubisoft have Marvel content in the pipeline)."

It was reported in July 2022 that EA was working on an open-world Black Panther game, alongside another mystery Marvel project. There was also recent speculation about Ubisoft possibly developing a Blade game (that was ultimately debunked), which is likely what he referred to in his tweet. Miller further stated:

"I suspect Avengers will live and that will be announced when the Embracer/Marvel deal closes. Brass tacks: The Crystal Dynamics acquisition has now officially happened, and I'm hearing work continues on Avengers relatively unabated. Things can change, but that's where we stand." 

As any piece of unconfirmed information, this should be taken with a grain of salt, but Miller's comments make sense. Despite its troubled start, Marvel's Avengers is experiencing a resurgence of sorts due to its inclusion in Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus' Premium and Extra tiers—memberships that allow players to try out different games at no extra cost.

Marvel's Avengers' Road To Recovery

Speaking with Forbes, Marvel's Avengers' lead designer Brian Waggoner stated that the game's presence in said subscription services has proven beneficial for the game: "Incredibly significant growth. Those subscription plans have been huge for us, getting the game out in front of players. It's low risk for them to try a new game. It's almost like going free-to-play, but not really."

Forbes also confirmed that there were plans for "2023 content and beyond" for Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Marvel's Avengers still has a lot to look forward to in terms of development, including the upcoming release of the Winter Soldier and the long-rumored addition of She-Hulk.

Admittedly, whether or not the game will manage to find a steady audience is still up in the air. For now, though, there is an effort being made to allow the ambitious superhero venture to thrive. Given its recent boost in players thanks to PlayStation Plus and Game Pass, as well as the content awaiting it, it seems Marvel's Avengers is in a better position than it was at release. 

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Matador - 8/29/2022, 11:03 AM
Th3Batman - 8/29/2022, 11:05 AM
How is this game still alive ?
VictorAlonzo - 8/29/2022, 11:15 AM
@Th3Batman - Phase 4 is MARVEL'S answer to the anti-life equation.
Origame - 8/29/2022, 11:46 AM
@Th3Batman - it's basically on life support and the doctor's telling square Enix to pull the plug, but they just can't do it.
Matador - 8/29/2022, 11:05 AM
Matador - 8/29/2022, 11:06 AM
AC1 - 8/29/2022, 11:16 AM
Damn, I remember my PS4 nearly exploding just trying to run the demo to this game - and how boring all the gameplay and uninteresting the story was.

But, good news for anyone who likes it!
Spoken - 8/29/2022, 11:17 AM
Good I'm glad. Had a horrible launch but the game isn't by any means terrible.

I hope for some PVP in the future for the game. Maybe like a Civil War kind of DLC.
CaptainMexico - 8/29/2022, 11:20 AM
The single player is not bad, the multiplayer was pretty flawed, and still very much is.
DTor91 - 8/29/2022, 11:31 AM
I just hope this means the excellent Guardians game gets a sequel. I was on the fence with that one but when I did finally play it, I was surprised with how good it really was. Things like gameplay and repetition can use improvement, but the story and especially the characterization, all amazing stuff. Biggest gaming surprise of 2021 for me.
Origame - 8/29/2022, 11:49 AM
@DTor91 - square Enix when making guardians of the galaxy was like the embodiment of this...

Spoken - 8/29/2022, 11:51 AM
JoeInTheBox - 8/29/2022, 1:07 PM
@DTor91 - Unfortunately Square sold off the studio that made the game. Not sure if they have any plans with the license, but GoTG was another game they considered as not performing to expectations.
DTor91 - 8/29/2022, 8:48 PM
@Origame - Haha that’s pretty much exactly how I felt from announcement to release. Ended up buying it on a sale and hearing how good it actually was, and damn I loved it.
DTor91 - 8/29/2022, 8:53 PM
@JoeInTheBox - Oh yeah I know, but same with the group that developed Avengers, Crystal Dynamics. They’re all owned by Embracer now. But that’s what I’m saying, with them speaking about the future here, I’m hoping this means the same for Guardians.

Tomb Raider is likely the next big focus for Crystal. But I also hope they FINALLY bring back Legacy Of Kain too. Embracer specifically named that franchise with the purchase. It’s been too damn long since Defiance.

As for Eidos (Guardians,) while I hope they do continue it, I’m also really hoping for a new Deus Ex, or at least a tease for something on the horizon.
Fares - 8/29/2022, 11:42 AM
Give me a single player, linear game where I play as one particular avenger at each particular chapter where the environment and enemies are custome tailored around that specific avenger's power levels and abilities, and then we'll talk. Not whatever that game was.
MyCoolYoung - 8/29/2022, 1:28 PM
@Fares - so you want to play a team game to not utilize the team together?
Fares - 8/29/2022, 1:51 PM
@MyCoolYoung - If there's no way to crack the enigma of having team members of different power levels and abilities and still delivering a fun experience with engaging battles and a variety of enemies, then unfortunately yes. That's the best alternative I can think of.
MyCoolYoung - 8/29/2022, 3:11 PM
@Fares - man, I hope there's a way. It would be such a waste. The varying power levels are something they have to deal with in the comics, shows, and movies; it's something they should deal with in the games as well.

It's up to them to show why someone like Widow is an Avenger.
Fares - 8/29/2022, 3:57 PM
@MyCoolYoung - Gameplay unfortunately adds a layer of complexity that the comics and movies are free of. Not only does it need to look fun, but it also needs to FEEL fun.
Is it fun to watch Black Widow fight hords of robots? To an extent, yeah, but that extent is much smaller when it turns to a repititive gameplay cycle, especially since you can't do anything your mind can imagine like a fighting choreographer on a movie set, you're limited by the set of mechanics programmed in the game.
On the other hand, while Thor can take down gods and shoot through the sky at incredible speeds, Black Widow cannot, so does it make sense to have them along side each other fighting the same enemies in the same environments? Thor will have to be nerfed massively for that to work and not make it boring to one of the players or both of them.
And listen I have no problem with reinterpreting the heroes, personality-wise and power-wise to make them fit the mold of gameplay, but if you have to do that, at least make sure that it feels fun and not repetitive.
Can you imagine how fun it would be to Play as Thor in a God of War-esque game, or Black Widow in a Splinter Cell-esque game? When the characters are not held back by each other, the potentiel become unlimited.
DanFlashesShirt - 8/29/2022, 11:56 AM
I don’t get the hate for this game.

Is it as good as a definitive avengers game should be? No

Is it as good as Spider-man ps4? No

Are some of the missions/enemies a tad repetitive? Yes

However, it does present a pretty fun experience for playing as all these different heroes and showcasing their abilities with a good story to along with it. This could have turned out MUCH worse, but given what they set out to do, I feel like they did a solid job, personally. You really do get a good feel for what its like to fight bad guys as Cap, Iron man, Thor, etc.

Maybe now that they have the blueprint for what worked and what didn’t, a possible next-gen sequel with better execution will be the game if the year contender that we all hoped this would be.

Simply adding the ability to switch between characters mid-battle, some diversification of enemies you’re fighting, maybe a little bit more of an open world-ness, as well as cleaning up the glitches, would go a very long way IMO.
Spoken - 8/29/2022, 12:03 PM
@DanFlashesShirt - To put it bluntly, they really screwed up what they were trying to sell.


1. Hate the character designs resembling too close to the movie yet NOT BE ANYTHING like the films, was pretty annoying.

2. It feels like there is two games here trying to take the spot light and appease everyone OR just doing too much all at one time.

3. Needed to be either a SINGLE PLAYER GAME or just MULTIPLAYER. I prefer more multiplayer than single player. Not saying not to have it, but I do feel the story should of been more intertwined with the multiplayer aspects.

For example if this game had released 2-3 chapters every other month, not have the beginning of The Avengers breaking up due to some event and actually let you play these characters with others while beating up bad guys....SURE...I'm down!

It isn't BAD, but it should of been a lot better, but I do think there was too many cooks in the kitchen and a lot of needs and wants being thrusted into the game. I honestly would of preferred a more RPG style game but whatevs.
DanFlashesShirt - 8/29/2022, 12:47 PM
@HWestRE420 - i mean if they just went for Ultimate Alliance but with a bigger budget / more detailed, i would have been cool with that, that game ruled.
MyCoolYoung - 8/29/2022, 1:35 PM
@DanFlashesShirt - I'm with you. Don't get me wrong, I didn't love the game. I thought it was middling, but I enjoyed the main story, and like you said, the feel for different characters. Cap and Thor were my favorites.
ThouBear8 - 8/30/2022, 12:36 AM
@DanFlashesShirt - what you said is almost exactly how I feel about it. I couldn't agree more
DanFlashesShirt - 8/30/2022, 10:25 AM
@ThouBear8 - ya idk. I’m admittedly a casual gamer, so personally I was very satisfied with just being able to play as all those different heroes and explore all their abilities 🤷🏻‍♂️
slickrickdesigns - 8/29/2022, 12:34 PM
I’m not a fan of any games where you have to pay for content. Unlocking achievements is cool but paying for stuff is like ripping off gamers.
Fares - 8/29/2022, 1:02 PM
@slickrickdesigns - Shoutout to the Guradians of the Galaxy game. All of the skins are hidden within the game environments, so it encourages you to explore and unlock them. And seeing that the environments were absolutely stunning, I had no reason to complain. It's not much but it's honest work, and I salute them for it. That game was such a nice surprise, and it fought an uphill battle after Avengers.
OrgasmicPotatoe - 8/29/2022, 4:05 PM
@Fares - Plus, while you're exploring and looting, you get the hear the team banter. That was half the fun of the game, for me.
Fares - 8/29/2022, 5:17 PM
@OrgasmicPotatoe - Dude, I'd stop from advancing to the next part of the map just to hear Drax and Rocket talk some shit, it's the best part! For some reason however I've a few people complaining about the constant banter, but I personally don't get the hate.
Solarkalel85 - 8/29/2022, 1:48 PM
Oh what could have been
TheHumanSpider2 - 8/29/2022, 2:02 PM
Square was literally selling this game for $2 this weekend...and people werent buying it.
One of the biggest flops in gaming history.
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