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Crystal Dynamics is reportedly preparing to announce the end of development on its beleaguered live-action superhero action adventure Marvel’s Avengers, with official news expected to come out “as early as next week.”
This is according to reliable leaker of Marvel’s Avengers Miller Ross, who, citing sources from Crystal Dynamics in story about Exputersays that the studio originally intended to continue supporting the game through the latter half of 2023, but recent events surrounding lead developer Brian Wagoner — who has reportedly already left the company after he was found to have posted racist, ableist and homophobic tweets — hastened the project’s demise.
Ross sources say Wagoner will not be replaced following his departure, leaving only a “small team” of developers still working on Marvel’s Avengers, most of whom are already splitting their time with other Crystal Dynamics projects, including Amazon’s Tomb Raider.
As part of a planned “exit strategy” from Marvel’s Avengers following the official news of its termination, Crystal Dynamics will reportedly roll out a number of key system changes, including the removal of artificial timing and an overhaul of cosmetic microtransactions. Additionally, the final planned update will supposedly address mobility balancing in the current roster of superheroes in response to complaints that older characters feel “sluggier” than newer additions.
Marvel’s Avengers will reportedly remain on sale digitally until “at least September,” in an effort to “keep the game playable for existing owners for as long as possible.”
Current and former employees who sought Ross’s report are said to have described the Marvel’s Avengers project as a “fountain of potential blocked by inept studio management and Marvel Games bureaucracy,” with unreleased content – which will now never see the light of day – including a free-roaming boss-based reward mode known as Patrol Mode, plus additional characters She-Hulk and Captain Marvel.
The latest major update to Marvel’s Avengers arrived in November, adding Bucky Barnes — aka The Winter Soldier — to the superhero lineup. Since then, the goodwill of the community has been absorbed by Crystal Dynamics decision to sell non-helmeted versions of existing cosmetics for $14.
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