Marvel’s Avengers fans may have seen her end coming, but that doesn’t stop the disappointment stemming from not seeing her story finished or potential.
After developer Crystal Dynamics announced that it would be Crossing off the Avengers roster and ending active developmentthe community took to social media to share their disappointment.
Many complained about the cosmetics being free After her dedicated community had already spent large sums of money on them, others lamented it The long-awaited features will never appearAnd Others just shared their grief That the game they enjoyed will be closed.
However, the biggest complaint seems to be that Avengers will forever remain an unfinished story, as even though there are three major expansions, plot points that were set up in the base game will now remain unanswered.
This was the biggest problem for Reddit user Isa-MC‘, who said that Avengers was ‘a game full of potential, that ended without realizing its full story’, adding that ‘the fact that we don’t get a Kree, no Ultron, no Carol, no proper ending really bothers me’.
another user, Rojo696hoped for a Marvel mini-series to end the story, saying “it will give us all some closure”.
Youtube Bob Duckwho has played and covered Avengers since day one of beta and logged nearly 2,000 hours, agrees this is the biggest travesty.
“We will never see a resolution to the main story nor will we truly see the full potential realized,” he told IGN. “I don’t doubt the passion and talent of the developers themselves, I just hope they get the resources they desperately need to close the final parts that have been built since day one at least.”
Marvel’s Avengers are struggling
Besides sewing in story threads that would never emerge from day one, The Avengers has also been criticized by fans and critics since it was first revealed. IGN called it that One of the biggest disappointments of E3 2019‘, citing the live service game’s lack of post-launch support as an issue from the start.
Screenshots from Marvel’s Avengers
We brought this up again in our 6/10 review‘, saying that while the ‘Avengers campaign’ is fun and endearing, the loot-based post-game intended to be the meat of this meal is unrewarding and overly repetitive.
This is also evidenced by player data, according to SteamDBthe player count of 30,000 at launch dropped below 10,000 two weeks later, and around 3,000 two weeks later — a worrying trend for a live service game that was only supposed to improve over time.
This is what contributed to its downfall the most, BobDuckNWeave said. While the likes of Fortnite have regular updates that keep their core audience actively engaged, Crystal Dynamics chose to release larger story-based expansions once or twice a year that didn’t get people around.
“The Avengers always seemed to lack the player base to survive this way as very little replayable content was added at the end of the game, so people would come back to play free story DLCs and then leave without diving into the multiplayer and interacting with the market.”
The writing was on the wall
BobDuckNWeave expected active development to continue for much longer, to include at least the Kree Invasion and Captain Marvel DLC (Data found in the latest update), but admitted that the delisting announcement was not a huge surprise.
“I think a lot of us who play the game — and a lot of those who don’t — know the writing was on the wall,” he said. “As time went on we got less and less communication from the team about what they were working on, we only heard from them when there was an important update coming like a new character, the time between these updates also increased causing the relatively small player-base to continue to shrink. “.
insert november The Winter Soldier as a playable character It clearly wasn’t enough to bring the Avengers back in mind for Crystal Dynamics, but despite it being the last bit of major content coming to the game, BobDuckNWeave expects some of the community to still be playing.
“While this game was very polarizing for the game community as a whole, there are people who loved the game and still love it,” he said. “[They] We’re still working on providing developer feedback to leave us something we’ll enjoy playing after the final update in March.”
It remains to be seen how many players will remain in the game after this final update, of course, and BobDuckNWeave said “A large number of people are definitely out. Some are good with what they got from the game. Others are angry and annoyed that their time and money investment is gone.”
“Regardless, I think this match is going to last a lot longer than many people thought,” he added. “I will continue to play even after being delisted. For all its faults, I still love the game, and because I sometimes go back to games like Mass Effect, Skyrim, and more, I will continue to do so with Marvel’s Avengers.”
Ryan Dinsdale is a freelance journalist for IGN and UK news editor. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.