Crystal Dynamics is reportedly making ready to announce the end of development on its beleaguered live-service superhero action-adventure Marvel’s Avengers, with official information mentioned to be due “as early as next week”.
That’s in accordance with dependable Marvel’s Avengers leaker Miller Ross, who, citing sources at Crystal Dynamics in a narrative for Exputer, says the studio had initially supposed to proceed supporting the sport into the again half of 2023, however current occasions surrounding lead developer Brian Waggoner – who has reportedly now left the corporate after he was discovered to have posted racist, ableist, and homophobic tweets – has accelerated the mission’s demise.
Ross’ sources say Waggoner is not going to get replaced following his departure, leaving solely a “small staff” of builders nonetheless engaged on Marvel’s Avengers, most of whom are already sharing their time with different Crystal Dynamics initiatives, together with Amazon’s Tomb Raider.
As half of a deliberate “exit technique” for Marvel’s Avengers following official information of its demise, Crystal Dynamics will reportedly launch a quantity of key system modifications, together with the removing of synthetic time-gating and an overhaul to beauty microtransactions. Additionally, a ultimate scheduled replace will supposedly tackle mobility balancing throughout the present superhero roster in response to complaints that older heroes really feel “extra sluggish” than newer additions.
Marvel’s Avengers will reportedly stay on sale digitally till “at the least September”, with efforts being made “to maintain the sport playable for present homeowners as lengthy as doable.”
Current and former staff approached for Ross’ report are mentioned to have described the Marvel’s Avengers mission as a “fountain of potential kneecapped by inept studio administration and Marvel Games paperwork”, with unreleased content material – which can now by no means see the sunshine of day – together with a free-roaming boss-based bounty mode identified as Patrol Mode, plus further heroes She-Hulk and Captain Marvel.
Marvel’s Avengers’ most up-to-date massive replace arrived in November, including Bucky Barnes – AKA the Winter Soldier – to the superhero line-up. Since then, group goodwill has been sapped by Crystal Dynamics’ resolution to promote helmet-less variations of present cosmetics for $14.