This may surprise players who I left the game a long time ago and I assumed this moment had already arrived, but Crystal Dynamics and the publishers Square Enix have announced the imminent end of online support for marvel avengers.
In a blog post posted on friday nighta last one signed by ‘Marvel’s Avengers Development Team’ reads in part:
To our amazing community,
After two and a half years and the introduction of twelve of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, following Update 2.8 on March 31, 2023, we will no longer be adding new content or features to Marvel’s Avengers. All official support for the game will end on September 30, 2023.
Even after official support ends on September 30, 2023, singleplayer and multiplayer gameplay will still be available…
…As a token of our appreciation for our community, starting March 31, 2023 we will be making all cosmetic in-game content Marketplace, Challenge Card, and Shipment available to all players for free. All Outfits, Takedowns, Emotes and Market Nameplates, Challenge Cards, and Shipments will be free for all players after this date if you own a copy of the game.
Giving away the entire library of Marketplace cosmetic content is a way of saying thank you to our community by allowing everyone to experience the breadth and depth of content in Marvel’s Avengers.
We know this is disappointing news as everyone in our community has a strong connection to these characters and their stories. We are very, very grateful that you came on this adventure with us. Your enthusiasm for Marvel’s Avengers, from your epic Photo Mode shots to your threads theorizing who our next heroes would be to your Twitch streams, has played a big part in bringing this game to life.
We hope you continue to play and enjoy Marvel’s Avengers. We cannot thank you enough for your support and for being part of our super team.
– Marvel Avengers Development Team
While the opening of the game’s Marketplace is framed here as a goodwill gesture, it is, of course, that same marketplace:shackled as he was to an insane notion that every game should be a game forever, reliant on the grind inherent in a live service experience“That helped kill him.” ‘
while hugging made a deal last year to buy out the developers of the game, separating them from the publisher that made the The Avengers License agreement, it was made clear at the time that any games released before the sale would continue to be supported. Which suggests that this decision is simply because not enough people want to play or buy things in marvel avengers more.
As the note says, this does not mean that the game is completely disappearing from the Internet. You’ll still be able to play it, even in multiplayer; there will simply be no more updates or technical support after September 30.
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If you’re a player and want to see the specifics of what’s shutting down when, and what this means for individual updates, you can Check it out here in a series of charts and FAQs. One of which contains the deeply amusing reminder that Spider-Man must remain a PlayStation exclusive, even after he’s dead.
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