The team behind Marvel's ambitious upcoming Avengers video game have revealed how the ‘games-as-a-service' title – similar to the ongoing DLC updates made popular by games such as Destiny – will actually roll out when the game launches for consoles next year.
Speaking to Digital Spy last week at E3, the biggest gaming expo of the year which is held annually in Los Angeles, where the game was first unveiled, developers Crystal Dynamics explained that the game will receive ongoing updates and new missions for players to complete online.
Noah Hughes, Studio Creative Director at Crystal Dynamics, explained to Digital Spyhow the Marvel team plan on rolling it out, saying: “One of the ways we think about it is, it's not so much DLC as much as just regularly looking forward to updates within the game, and changes within the world's stories.”
Marvel's Avengers will see players get to live their wildest superhero dreams as they play as the Avengers themselves in the third person-action adventure game, and allow players to team up with others online to form their own Avengers teams to take down bad guys and save the world together on multiplayer co-op missions.
The game will also exist in a separate, non-canon universe to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with new designs of the iconic Marvel heroes and an original storyline which will unfold over a sustained, updating timeline.Marvel’s Avengers: A-Day – Official Trailer (Marvel Entertainment)by Digital Spy GBPlay VideoPlaylist VideosADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
So far, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow and Thor have been revealed in the game's line-up, though more characters will be confirmed later on too.
On how you'll be able to play as the iconic heroes, and assembling an online Avengers team, Hughes explained: “There are specific areas where you play a specific hero, but then there are also lots of missions that open up and you can play with any hero. You can also team up with three other players on those missions.SQUARE ENIXMarvel's Avengersgame.co.uk£54.99PRE-ORDER NOW
“Missions have story significance, but also allow you to tell your own story, and those are also designed to be replayable,” Hughes added.
The ‘games-as-a-service' model of video game, where the game receives ongoing content and updates after launch, is not a new one – Destiny, followed by its sequel, follows this method of continuing content, as well as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siegeand the free-to-play Fortnite: Battle Royale.
Usually, this model is used to monetise games after launch by charging gamers for the additions to the game. However, the Crystal Dynamics team have confirmed that the updates added to Avengers will come at no extra charge to players, confirming to Digital Spy: “Those updates are all at no additional cost.”ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
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“We want players to be able to continue to play in this world,” revealed Hughes of the longevity of the Marvel game. “One thing that's unique about our game is it blends the best of single player campaign experiences with some of the multiplayer and replayability aspects of some of these other games.”
You'll also be able to customise your Avengers in-game, explains Hughes.
“You can continue to level up your heroes and gear that allows you to customise their specific abilities and cater to your own play style,” he shared.
Marvel's Avengers will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Google Stadia on 15 May 2020.
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