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Avengers game hit with double whammy DLC and next gen delay

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Marvel's Avengers adds Kate Bishop Hawkeye
No Hawkeye this month unfortunately (pic: Square Enix)

While some new content has been released, the first major DLC for Avengers, that was supposed to win back players, has been delayed.

Despite a seemingly successful launch, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ Avengers game has been losing players ever since, which isn’t good for a game that’s aiming to survive for several years à la Destiny 2.

Crystal Dynamics head Scot Amos has previously suggested players would come back once the new content, namely the first DLC character Kate Bishop, was released, but now that has been delayed.

While there was never a set release date for the character, an official blog post from Amos has explained that she and her campaign have been pushed out of October and will be made available later in the year.

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‘Moving forward, we intend to have a fixed, predictable patching cycle to ensure all new content meets both our and your high standards and has time for extensive internal testing,’ the post reads.

‘We know fans are hungry for new content, but delivering a fun experience is our priority. With this in mind, we’ve decided to push Kate Bishop’s Operation launch back a bit, out of October. We’re sorry for this slight delay, but we are dedicated as a team to quality first.’

The post does tease that her story, which takes place after the main game’s campaign, will involve the new Tachyon rifts that have recently been added and that the other Hawkeye, Clint Barton, and a new, unannounced character are still to come.

Avengers Tachyon Rift missions
Those new Tachyon Rift missions are exciting, though, right? Right?! (Pic: Square Enix)

This isn’t the only major delay, though. Avengers was meant to release on next gen consoles, the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5, this year, but it’s been decided those will be pushed back to 2021.

‘We’ve also made the decision to shift our PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S launch to next year to ensure that we give our team the time to deliver a next gen experience showcasing all that this game is meant to be.’

Amos points out that you will still be able to play the current gen versions on next gen hardware via backwards compatibility, where you will benefit from improved loading times and frame rates, and you can carry your save progress over.

Amos also promises another War Table livestream in November, which will no doubt reveal more planned content, but these delays are another blow to a game already struggling to hold on to its audience.

While brand-new mission types have been added, like the aforementioned Tachyon Rifts and Mega Hives, they lack the kind of star power a new character would bring.

On the bright side, recent updates have brought with them several fixes to bugs that have plagued the players that have stuck around.

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics clearly have a lot of plans for Avengers’ future, but none of that will matter if there’s no longer anyone who wants to play it.

Avengers is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S releases will arrive next year.

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