To be honest, a someone who has played MARVEL’s Avengers from Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, this latest news announced yesterday evening (16/10/2020) comes as no surprise at all. In the weeks since the game came out there have been many issues reported by players both from a technical point with bugs and crashing issues to just the sheer lack of end game focus showing at Crystal Dynamics short sighted attempt to copy the Destiny model was just that….short sighted.
In a new blog post which they have called their first “State of the Game” address, Crystal Dynamics goes on to explain that the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S feature upgrades have been delayed into 2021:
Marvel’s Avengers’ launch was not without turbulence, and we recognize that a number of issues detracted from your enjoyment of the game. This does not align with Crystal Dynamics’ value of craftsmanship, and for that we sincerely apologize.
“Over the past weeks, our team around the world has been heads down fixing bugs and tuning key gameplay systems guided in part by your feedback. Since launch, we’ve released rapid updates to address these bugs, improve game stability, and refine our matchmaking system. While our work is never done, these fixes and additions have made improvements to the overall player experience.
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. More details to come.”
The post also confirms that the new content, the Kate Bishop and Hawkeye characters, which were originally played for an October 2020 release, have also been pushed back to allow the team to….fix more of the game!
“Moving forward, we intend to have a fixed, predictable patching cycle to ensure all new content meets both our and your high standards and has time for extensive internal testing. We know fans are hungry for new content, but delivering a fun experience is our priority. With this in mind, we’ve decided to push Kate Bishop’s Operation launch back a bit, out of October. We’re sorry for this slight delay, but we are dedicated as a team to quality first.“
The launch of MARVEL’s Avengers has been shocking, whilst an excellent Campaign story and introduction of Kamala Khan, voiced brilliantly by Sandra Saad, were the highlights of the game, the rest made it such a complete broken mess that the very fact well over a month later they are still trying to fix it for me says more than this blog post claiming “we are dedicated as a team to quality first” lines of PR spin.
With Next Gen upgrades pushed into sometime 2021 and post game new content also being delayed, it really is going to take something right special to keep fans both interested and to make some return because this game has copied so much from Destiny and that includes the fatigue!
You can read our Review of the game here. MARVEL’s Avengers is out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.