The team at Crystal Dynamics has announced the end of development for their live-service Marvel Avengers game. The news comes two and a half years after the game’s Fall 2020 launch. In that time, Marvel’s Avengers development team released 12 playable heroes (including PlayStation-exclusive Spider-Man), a full expansion set in Wakanda, several character-focused operations, and several smaller pieces of content.
The 2.7 update, which arrived on November 30, 2022, and included the Winter Soldier and cloning lab Omega-Level Threat, was the last new content for Marvel’s Avengers. Crystal Dynamics plans one final title update, version 2.8, to arrive on March 31, 2023. This update will not add any new content (without additional cosmetics). Instead, it will deliver a final balance update and shut down the Cosmetic Marketplace.
Once this update arrives, credits will no longer be purchasable, and all credits remaining in players’ accounts will be converted to in-game resources such as units, pieces, upgrade modules, polycorons, and DNA keys. As a result of the closure of the Marketplace, all of the game’s Marketplace, Challenge Cards, and shipment of cosmetic content will be made free to all players. This means that all outfits, takedowns, emotes and nameplates from those sources will be free for all players starting March 31st.
Official support for Marvel’s Avengers will end completely on September 30. After that time, single-player and multiplayer will still be playable, but Crystal Dynamics is unlikely to address any additional issues with the game. The game will also be removed from digital storefronts at that time. Marvel’s Avengers received moderate reviews at launch, with many praising the single-player content. However, it was the repetitive multiplayer modes, abundant microtransactions, and the development team’s slow implementation of new content that soured many fans on the title.