Marvel’s Avengers Confirmed To Have Cosmetic Microtransactions

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Fan reaction to Marvel’s Avengers has been furiously flip-flopping over the last few days for multiple reasons. The action-adventure title, which was first announced in 2017, was officially unveiled at this year’s E3 with a gorgeous cinematic trailer. Besides setting the stage for its take on Marvel’s iconic supergroup, however, developer Crystal Dynamics offered little else in the way of concrete details.

Rather than dedicate screen time to showing direct gameplay footage, the studio instead reeled off several facts, including the affirmation that no pay-to-win purchases or loot boxes would be present in-game. Predictably, that revelation elicited roars of approval from crowds attending the show in Los Angeles, but they may well prove to be premature. Marvel’s Avengers won’t be bogged down by either of those monetization models, it’s true, but microtransactions will be present.

Speaking to IGN post-show, Crystal’s lead creative director Shaun Escayg told the site that “There will be custom outfits that you can purchase in microtransactions.” A deal-breaker for many, no doubt, but if said cosmetics are appropriately and respectively priced, the level of objection will undoubtedly be far less pronounced. With all additional DLC characters and regions already confirmed to be available free of charge, it was inevitable that revenue would need to be generated through other means.

Not that it needed saying, but lead combat designer, Vincent Napoli, adds to Escayg’s earlier comment by reiterating that “There are other aesthetic ways to customize your player card and your player experience, but there is nothing that affects the gameplay.”

In light of the above, the main concern now will be that all of Marvel’s Avengers‘ cosmetics will be locked behind an additional paywall rather than awarded through gameplay. We’ll just have to wait and see what announces itself on that front but in the meantime, we at least have some (unofficial) gameplay footage to fawn over. Check it out here and let us know your current opinion of what’s sure to be one of next year’s biggest releases in the usual place below.

Source: IGN

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