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All three betas include the same content. If you play in the first beta, when you login to the second beta, the same amount of content will be available. There will be four hero missions from the game’s campaign, three HARM Room challenges, four War Zones, and 5 Drop Zones.
Hero Missions: These are the main story missions of the game. We won’t spoil what happens in each but you will get to play through the events of the heavily-marketed A-Day as well as a few missions in the aftermath of that event. You’ll play as a number of heroes throughout these missions.
HARM Room Challenges: These are essentially wave-based arena challenges. There are three. Each challenge gets harder and harder as do each of the 10 waves within each challenge. You can play these solo or with up to three hero companions and you can play each challenge as any hero you’d like.
War Zones: These are large-scale open-ended missions that see you and your team dropped into an open area. You’ll find that you have a number of waypoints leading to the missions’ main objective, SHIELD allies that need rescuing, Stock Pile warehouses, chests and more. These can take anywhere from 10 minutes if you zoom right through the main objectives to an hour if you choose to search through every nook, cranny, and objective.
Drop Zones: These are quick single-objective missions. A Drop Zone objective might be take out a high-value target. When you load into the mission, you’ll have a waypoint taking you to that target. Head there, defeat the target, and the mission will be complete. These are quick and easy ways to gain experience and get guaranteed rewards upon completion.
Throughout the beta, you will play as six heroes: Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, and Ms Marvel. You will only be able to play as Thor and Captain America in the game’s first hero mission. You will not be able to play as them again after that point.
The other story missions will see you play as Hulk and Ms Marvel. Upon completing the hero missions, you’ll gain access to the War Table. You can select HARM Room Challenges, Drop Zones, and War Zones here. You can play as Hulk, Ms Marvel, Iron Man, or Black Widow in any of these.
You will only be able to spend skill points to acquire skills for four characters: Ms Marvel, Hulk, Iron Man, and Black Widow. Each hero will have three skill tree pages in the full game but during the beta, each hero will only have one skill tree page. Fear not, each of these pages has over 20 skills for you to choose from.
You will not be able to acquire every single skill at once during the beta. Skill acquisition carries over from beta to beta but does not carry over into the final game.
The marketplace is where you’ll be able to purchase cosmetic items like Emotes, Skins and Nameplates. You will have some credits upon starting the beta. Credits can be used to purchase cosmetic items. Real money can not be used to purchase anything.
Marvel’s Avengers places heavy emphasis on the different gear available for each hero. Each hero has four types of gear they can equip as well as a Major and Minor artifact for additional buffs. There are different rarity types of gear and generally, the more rare a piece of gear, the better its stats and perks. Gear will be rewarded upon mission competition and it can be found throughout each mission in chests and upon defeating enemies.
The max level you can reach with a hero is level 15. This is determined solely by how much experience you’ve gained and you’ll gain one skill point to be spent on skills every time you level up in the game. This is different from your power, which has a max of 45. Power is a number determined by the different pieces of gear you have equipped.
A Challenge Card in Marvel’s Avengers is their take on the popular battle pass system found in games like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone. By completing daily and weekly challenges, you’ll earn Challenge Points that unlock different levels of the Challenge Card. Each level of the Challenge Card unlocks some kind of reward be it a nameplate, a skin, resources or something else. There are 200 points to earn on each Challenge Card.
You can play with up to three other players in Drop Zones and in War Zones. No two players can play as the same hero. There are three ways to play with others in Marvel’s Avengers but only one is available during the beta: Quick Match.
You can select to turn matchmaking on or off and it will essentially put you in any team as an available hero within that team. If they have an open slot for Iron Man, it might slot you in as Iron Man. You can also invite friends to join your team.
Because this is a beta, it is important to note that the progression scaling you feel in the beta is not representative of the final game. More loot will be in the beta than will drop in the final game and experience is earned at a faster rate as well. All of this is to say that you will level up and acquire gear much more rapidly than you will in the final game come September.