Marvel’s Avengers DLC and Next-Gen Versions Delayed


Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have delayed the next major updates for Marvel’s Avengers, pushing the next-gen versions into next year and delaying the addition of the game’s first DLC character, Kate Bishop.In a post on the Avengers blog, Crystal Dynamics’ studio head, Scot Amos, apologised for the “slight delay” to the Kate Bishop DLC, but explained that it is due to ensuring new content is given the time for extensive internal testing. “With this in mind, we’ve decided to push Kate Bishop’s Operation launch back a bit, out of October,” said Amos, but no new date was given for this first new character.Additionally, Amos explained that next-gen updates are being pushed back. “We’ve also made the decision to shift our PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S launch to next year to ensure that we give our team the time to deliver a next-gen experience showcasing all that this game is meant to be,” he said.

While a next-gen version with optimised upgrades won’t arrive for a while, Amos does note that playing the current-gen versions on PS5 or Xbox Series consoles will benefit from improved frame rates and faster loading times. These are issues that Avengers on current-gen certainly suffers with, so there should be some noticeable benefit. Amos also confirmed that existing saves will transfer to next-gen consoles.

In addition to detailing the delays, Amos also apologies for the troubles Avengers has suffered in its first months. “Marvel’s Avengers’ launch was not without turbulence, and we recognize that a number of issues detracted from your enjoyment of the game,” he said. “This does not align with Crystal Dynamics’ value of craftsmanship, and for that we sincerely apologize.”

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As a thank you to players who have suffered through that launch, Crystal Dynamics is giving all players 1500 credits, 7000 units, 250 upgrade modules, 20 DNA keys, and a Sarah Garza-inspired nameplate. These rewards will be added to your account if you log in between October 22 and November 5.

While the most anticipated content has been delayed, Amos assured players that performance and stability, multiplayer matchmaking, rewards, and late-game content is all being worked on at the studio. This includes a much-requested ping system, and the ability to replay the campaign with your high-level gear.

For more, check out our review of Marvel’s Avengers, the promise of new missions and modes, and our guide to the Avengers Initiative online mode.

Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.



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