Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have added the ability to pay for XP and Resource Collection Boosts with real money in Marvel’s Avengers. The move has been planned by many fans who believe it is a stark contrast to previous statements about the game’s monetization tactics.
The recent addition of Marvel’s Avengers to Xbox Game Pass is likely to have brought a number of new players to the game. For existing fans, however, the news of the game’s switch to the new platform was briefly followed by the more unsettling reality that the in-game marketplace now offers players the option to purchase boost-based “consumables” with credits that can only be acquired by spending real money.
As reported by VGC, the game’s new consumables can be purchased to temporarily increase the amount of XP and resources a player can acquire while playing the game. This essentially allows fans to make faster progress – as long as they’re happy to spend real money on it.
News of the monetization tactic change has left fans on the Marvel’s Avengers subreddit in an uproar, as many believe the move is in direct contrast to a number of previous comments that promise a “pay-to-win” -Style system would never be introduced into the game.
Prior to the game’s release, Scot Amos spoke to GamesIndustry.biz about the game’s approach to monetization and said, “In terms of monetization, we’re going to have cosmetics. No gameplay paywalls.” As seen on the subreddit, a blog post posted on the game’s website in September 2020 made similar statements, saying, “We are committed to ensuring that real-money content is for sale in Marvel’s Avengers may be purely aesthetic additions that ensure that we can keep the game fresh for years to come. “
While members of the game’s community expressed their anger over the decision, many aren’t particularly surprised – some community members said they had been expecting the move since the game made changes to XP progress earlier this year. “We saw it 7 months ago when they announced the XP Nerf,” says user echild07.
Regardless of whether fans expected the decision or not, the developer’s decision to renegotiate their previous comments seems a step too far for some. “Uninstalled today. I guess I won’t worry about coming back for Spider Man either,” says one user. “I can’t go to the trouble of supporting a 0 integrity company. I won’t buy another Crystal Dynamics game.”
In other news from Marvel’s Avengers, Crystal Dynamics recently announced that its upcoming Spider-Man DLC will feature additional story and cutscenes when the character releases to PlayStation users later this year. For more information on Marvel’s Avengers, check out our review.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.