After just three years on the market, Marvel’s Avengers from Crystal Dynamics will see the end of content updates, support, and will be removed from sale later this year. The announcement was made on January 20th detailing the game’s final 2.8 update which will set the stage for the game’s end.
After two-and-a-half years and introducing twelve of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, following Update 2.8 on March 31, 2023, we will no longer add new content or features to Marvel’s Avengers. All official support for the game will end on September 30, 2023.
Even after official support ceases on September 30, 2023, both single- and multi-player gameplay will continue to be available. See below for more information.
Update 2.7, which added the Winter Soldier Hero and Cloning Lab Omega-Level Threat, is the last new content to be added to the game. No new cosmetics are coming to the Marketplace, and all final balance updates will occur in Update 2.8 in March.
Along with the end of development, we’ll also be turning off the cosmetics Marketplace. When Update 2.8 launches on March 31, 2023, Credits will no longer be purchasable and all remaining Credit balances will be converted into in-game resources to aid ongoing adventures.
The announcement page contains a lengthy FAQ with details on specific mechanics and in-game content but the most relevant information for our purposes is the confirmation that the game will be removed from sale on all platforms beginning September 30th.
The game was funded and published by Square Enix in 2020 but after the Embracer Group acquired developer Crystal Dynamics last year it likely complicated things even further for their Avengers title. Not only would licensing need to be renegotiated with Marvel over the myriad properties featured in the game, Square Enix and Embracer would have to reach an agreement to co-manage or transfer management of the game. Given its middling reception and some ongoing performance issues, it was likely decided to end support entirely.
Thanks to everyone who pointed out the news yesterday. I’ve added the date to the Watch List calendar and we’ll have a page up on the site later.