Square Enix is continuing to try and push Marvel’s Avengers into the realm of success – even though that means reneging on a promise it previously made about paid boosts.
When the game first got announced, the publisher swore it wouldn’t use the option to offer paid boosts within the game, instead letting players earn their way to better their heroes. But apparently that’s out the window, as they’re now available within the game.
As a result, however, the company, alongside the developers at Crystal Dynamics, have faced some severe backlash from fans. This is on top of the criticism that the game has already received since its launch a while back.
Redditor Iwanex recently made note of these changes, saying, “Today’s update is…wrong.”
“For the first time since this game launched I no longer want to support it. I’ve spent some serious cash in cosmetics because I love the gameplay and the heroes. And also the events and expansions have been fun, so I didn’t have a problem supporting the devs because they’re incredibly talented and the actual product IS good.”
“But this game doesn’t have the luxury to do this when there’s SO MUCH to be fixed. SO MUCH. They have been planning this for some time, using resources that would’ve been better used in other parts of the game, and above all, they’ve been lying to us. I feel like I’ve been scammed in some way.”
“As of right now, I have more then 1000 credits to use for Spider-Man and I’ll play every DLC they release because I paid for it already but I’ll not be spending more money on this game.”
“I know this is just my opinion and not everyone is going to agree with me but I needed to share this with the community.”
“What a shame, really. I feel bad, guys.”
But the real question here is…who made the decision? It sounds like it came from the higher-ups at Square Enix, and wasn’t really up to the developer. After all, Square upped the megabucks to pay for an Avengers game, and it’s likely trying to get as much money as it can out of it since it knows it isn’t a mega-success. As a result, though, Crystal Dynamics developers are facing tons of heat, and it’s not necessarily their fault.
The company recently made a statement on this harassment, stating, “We appreciate the Marvel’s Avengers community and want to foster an open and healthy dialogue with you (for both criticism and praise). However, harassment is not tolerated. Decisions at the studio are not made by one person, they’re made by a group of studio leaders. We welcome feedback, but it’s not appropriate to target, threaten, or personally attack our community team. They are here to champion your concerns and give voice to them. Help us keep conversations civil and productive while we continue to work toward making Marvel’s Avengers an entertaining and fun experience for you.”
An official statement probably would’ve helped matters a bit, but this might cool the fires a little bit. Just a bit, mind you.
Does it stink that the promise wasn’t really kept? Sure. But an official explanation would make more sense than developers getting attacked when all they’re doing is trying to make a good game.
Marvel’s Avengers is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PC platforms.
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