Development on Marvel’s Avengers is reportedly about to end, with planned content, including new characters, new modes, and features, scrapped.
Crystal Dynamics released the game back in 2020, published by Square Enix. The game has been plagued with a history of complaints over lack of content, dissatisfaction over how the heroes played, a number of disruptive bugs, and other efforts that caused the team to work on fixes and sometimes delaying content. Square Enix reportedly felt the studio mishandled the project.
The new rumor is courtesy of the site exputer, that follows a report back in December saying that the title was set to be sunset in 2023. Now they claim that the announcement that development will end is coming very soon. Lead developer Brian Waggoner had been sanctioned and removed from representing the game last fall after a series of racist tweets were found in his history. Recently, it seems that Waggoner has left the project.
More new characters were supposed to follow, with She-Hulk being one of the reported upcoming additions, originally planned to coincide with the 2022 TV show, and possibly Ultron. It seems that Crystal Dynamics had some new modes in development as well as certain new features to improve performance as well as a bounty system. With active development coming to a close, this content seems like to be scrapped.
There might still be some content that does release, depending on its state of completion, and it looks like the company wants to keep the servers running. It may wind up like other games that have gone into maintenance mode, where the majority or only updates are fixes. We'll have to see if the rumor does turn out to be true and Crystal Dynamics makes an announcement on the future of Marvel's Avengers.
Square Enix sold off Crystal Dynamics and several other studios to Embracer Group back in 2022. Crystal Dynamics recently announced a deal with Amazon to publish the next entry in the Tomb Raider franchise.
Updated: Crystal Dynamics has confirmed that support will end on September 30, 2023.
After two-and-a-half years and introducing twelve of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, following Update 2.8 on March 31, 2023, we will no longer add new content or features to Marvel’s Avengers. All official support for the game will end on September 30, 2023.
Even after official support ceases on September 30, 2023, both single- and multi-player gameplay will continue to be available. See below for more information.
Update 2.7, which added the Winter Soldier Hero and Cloning Lab Omega-Level Threat, is the last new content to be added to the game. No new cosmetics are coming to the Marketplace, and all final balance updates will occur in Update 2.8 in March.