News | Jane Foster becomes playable in Marvel's Avengers

The next superhero to come to Marvel's Avengers is Jane Foster, the Mighty Thor.

Crystal Dynamics announced this in a blog post. The character will “have a lot in common” with the existing Thor in the game, so it looks like a lot of moves will be inherited. Still, the character needs to have “elements that really suit Jane,” so it doesn’t look like it’s going to be a copy.

It’s not clear when Jane Foster will be coming to the game. The character is part of update 2.5, but that release date is still missing. More details should follow “in the future”. However, it seems likely that the character will make an appearance sometime this summer, as the new Marvel movie Thor: Love and Thunder comes releases in July.


News | Spider-Man Still Has To Come To Marvel's Avengers This Year

Spider-Man is still supposed to come to Marvel's Avengers this year.

Senior game designer Scott Walters of Crystal Dynamics has informed Game Rant. Last year it was already announced that Spider-Man would come to the PlayStation version of Avengers sometime in early 2021, but after that the DLC was postponed indefinitely. It has been quiet for quite some time now around the addition of the character.

In the interview, Walters says that development of the character and associated content is still on track for release this year. “We’ve always planned to release Spider-Man for PlayStation owners in 2021. We’ll be announcing more later this year.”

Today, Black Panther and its accompanying content arrives in Marvel’s Avengers in the form of the free War for Wakanda update. Crystal Dynamics informs Game Informer that the villain Crossbones is also part of the expansion.


News | Marvel's Avengers: War for Wakanda Concept Art Released

Crystal Dynamics has released concept art from Marvel's Avengers expansion War for Wakanda.

The concept art shows more of the new area where the DLC takes place. The expansion is logically situated in Wakanda and the concept art shows, among other things, a wooded area, the city, a temple and a waterfall.

War of Wakanda is set to appear in August for Marvel’s Avengers, but there is no exact release date yet. The DLC adds Black Panther as a playable character. He must defend Wakanda against Klaw.


News | Everyone can play as the same hero after Marvel's Avengers update

Marvel's Avengers developer Crystal Dynamics has decided to allow players to choose the same hero while playing the game.

This feature has been tested during an event for a while. Players responded positively to this, so Crystal Dynamics decided to make it a permanent addition. “We are permanently enabling the ability to use multiple of the same Heroes during matchmaking and when forming Strike Teams,” the developer explained in a blog post.

Furthermore, the blog post contains a roadmap with the content that players can expect for the game this year. Not much is planned for July, but a major expansion called War for Wakanda will be released in August. Then Black Panther is added as a new hero, with new enemies to fight, a new story to follow and more.

An exact release date for the update that will allow players to play as the same hero has not yet been given. only that players can expect the update in July.


Review | Marvel's Avengers

Developer Crystal Dynamics has made it clear that Marvel's Avengers must become a living universe. With a cooperative multiplayer mode that is constantly updated with new content, Marvel’s Avengers should last for years. The story mode intended as an introduction and the cooperative multiplayer are qualitatively far apart. It's surprising that the "single player mode" is the signed winner.

The narrative part of Marvel’s Avengers knows how to perfectly respond to the inner Marvel fan by not putting someone like Captain America or Iron Man at the center, but rather the young superhero-in-the-cap Kamala Khan. The fantasy trip for Marvel fans kicks off right when Kamala enters Avengers Day, sort of an open-air Marvel convention. The biggest difference is that the visitors do not marvel at cosplayers, but at the real superheroes in the flesh. If the future Ms. Marvel suddenly bumps into Thor, she’s not the only one who squeaks with enthusiasm.

However, that euphoria is short-lived. The Avengers giant airship goes up in flames after an attack. The nasty stuff that is released during this process turns Kamala into the very flexible Ms. Marvel. Then a classic origins story unfolds, in which Kamala not only discovers her own super powers, but also brings the fallen Avengers back together.

Although the story does not really surprise, it is a succession of fan material. In addition to Kamala, you regularly get the other Avengers under your control. They all have roughly the same type of attacks, such as a light and a heavy attack and a remote attack. But where Iron Man, for example, shoots with his repulsors, Captain America throws his shield , Thor with his hammer and The Hulk just pulls a fresh piece of debris from the ground towards the ill-fated enemy.

The unambiguous controls allow you to switch effortlessly between the different heroes, but you can also take the time to master a specific superhero. The story mode is not nearly enough to unlock all skills for the different heroes. This game is made to last much longer. The multiplayer DNA is deeply rooted in Marvel’s Avengers and the narrative part cannot be separated from the cooperative battles.

For example, during the “single player” you will be presented with missions several times that you can play with multiple players. If no partners are found through matchmaking, computer-controlled heroes fill in the blanks. These missions are immediately out of tune, the environments stand out against the locations you play through on your own, objectives are generic and the interaction between the Avengers lacks the credible touch that Kamala and Bruce Banner put on the stage in the beginning.

It is a shame that it has been decided to put so much emphasis on multiplayer, because at the moment there is a lot of fun to be had in Marvel’s Avengers, especially as a single player game.
That line continues unabated once you launch Avengers Initiative: the real multiplayer part of the game. This is set after the campaign, when the world is still plagued by various threats and the Avengers are needed everywhere to quell conflict. Some missions are done in minutes, others take considerably longer, but none of the online activities really surpass the single player.

Interiors are eagerly reused and usually have the ambiance of a dental practice. Usually the ultimate goal is to smash a few generators, defend a few checkpoints, or protect a few S.H.I.E.L.D agents. In addition, you should of course punch everyone you meet in the face, because that is what Marvel’s Avengers is all about: fight and fight, preferably as spectacular as possible.

Sometimes that results in unadulterated superhero fun, sometimes the chaos simply becomes too much. When vibranium shields, divine hammers, green fists, bullets, lasers, debris, robot parts and outstretched limbs fill the screen, it’s not just your eyes that struggle to keep up with the chaos.

Nevertheless, there is enough in the barrel for any superhero. In addition to the missions and routine gear upgrades, there are also daily and weekly challenges that earn you points as part of the Hero Challenge Cards. You can complete those challenges anywhere. In a story mission, online, on your own: everything counts. This way you can unlock new costumes, emotes and name tags per character. The game only gets a bit of an appearance because you can also unlock everything in the Challenge Cards with real money.

If the online activities were really cool and you enjoyed playing them over and over again, that was until then. But now that the missions are also repeated after a short while, you have to grind a lot to complete the Challenge Card and thus unlock all costumes.

Marvel’s Avengers really does need some work to break through online. In addition to the fact that the missions get boring relatively quickly, the game is not entirely perfect technically. Sometimes you fall through the ground, enemies end up in closed environments and there are quite a few graphical oddities in the game. Crystal Dynamics will add new characters in the coming period, including Hawkeye, Kate Bishop, Black Panther and, exclusively on the PlayStation, Spider-Man. That will only make Marvel’s Avengers attractive to more people, as playing as your favorite Marvel hero is the game’s biggest draw.

The fighting system is right, the powers are right, the balance is right: every superhero is fun to play with. The heroes’ designs are debatable, but the unlockable costumes solve that problem for most people. It is a shame that it has been decided to put so much emphasis on multiplayer, because at the moment there is a lot of fun to be had in Marvel’s Avengers, especially as a single player game. The multiplayer is now on level The Incredible Hulk (2008). Let’s hope it doesn’t take Crystal Dynamics eleven years to reach level of Endgame.

Score:

8,0

+ the “single player” turns out to be surprisingly good
+ Great sound and special effects
+ Every superhero is well put together with their own moves and custom costumes.

– Overly cluttered War Table
– Multiplayer recycles content
– Various technical issues


News | More than six million gamers played Marvel's Avengers beta

The beta of Marvel's Avengers has been played by more than six million people.

Square Enix announced this in a recent blog post. That resulted in more than 27 million hours spent on the game. The blog post also reports that developer Crystal Dynamics is making adjustments before the upcoming release. For example, matchmaking must be improved and the PC version needs a lag fix.

Marvel’s Avengers will be released this Friday for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia. A free update to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version will also be available.


News | More PlayStation exclusive content revealed for Marvel's Avengers

After yesterday's reveal that Spider-Man is only available on PlayStation consoles in the upcoming Marvel's Avengers game, even more Sony exclusive content has been announced.

These include in-game special events, rewards, and 30 days earlier access to certain cosmetic items for all heroes. Developer Crystal Dynamics names the Legendary Outfit, Legendary Emote, Epic Takedown and a nameplate for each new hero coming out. That includes the six heroes that are playable at the release of the game.

In a post on PlayStation Blog, Crystal Dynamics also explains that PlayStation players can play exclusive challenges in the game. These are so-called Community Challenges, in which all players have to work together to achieve a larger goal. A number of challenges that are exclusive to PlayStation are underway.

Publisher Square Enix announced yesterday that superhero Spider-Man will only be playable by owners of a PlayStation console. The news received a lot of criticism on social media. Some gamers don’t consider it fair that Xbox and PC players, who pay the same amount of money for their game, get less content.


News | Avengers game gets prequel in the form of a book

The upcoming Square Enix game Marvel's Avengers gets a book prequel.

The book’s called Marvel’s Avengers: The Extinction Key. Titan Books releases the book in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment, Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal.

The book is written by Greg Keyes. He will further develop the world for A-Day. A-Day is a catastrophic event that starts the game. The Avengers also fight in the book against an age-old organization called Zodiac. By the way, Keyes will write more books based on the game.

The next book to be released is called Marvel’s Avengers: The Art of the Game, which will be released on September 1. That is a book full of art from the game.

Marvel’s Avengers: The Extinction Key should be released on March 31, 2020. The game itself will be released on May 19 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Google Stadia.