The new Avengers game from Crystal Dynamics has been likened to Bungie’s Destiny in that you’ll be able to team up, online to complete missions with other players. But that is only an option. Crystal Dynamics boss Scott Amos confirmed in an interview that the game is playable offline.
“We want somebody to be able to go buy a disc and never have to go online,” he explained to GI.biz. “You don’t have to. You can have a complete experience and have fun.”
For those who do want to play online, Square Enix is promising a robust, ongoing, and evolving experience with new characters and locations added over time–and for free.
“The idea, from the beginning, is that we want you to be able to customise your hero; how they look, how they play, the gear they have and how they use it,” Amos said. “Your Black Widow could be different to my Black Widow–just a little, maybe a lot depending on what you favour and how you unlock things.”
The Avengers game will make extra money beyond the upfront cost through various microtransactions for cosmetic items. There are no loot boxes or pay-to-win mechanics, and Amos promises, “No gameplay paywalls.”
“We want people to be able to play together and go on this journey, but we also want to say if you want to over-invest in your characters and customise them, you’ve got it,” Amos said. “We also have ways for you to earn a lot of those things. We want to give players as much flexibility as possible because it’s for them. We make this for the fans. At the end of the day, we will listen to them and get feedback from them and we’ll adjust everything to serve that need… We want to reward them for the hours they’re investing in our game.”
The new Avengers game launches in May 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, while it’s also coming to Google Stadia. The game features a number of iconic MCU heroes such as Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and the Hulk, but the game doesn’t use the likenesses of MCU actors. Some people were not happy about the new character designs, but Crystal Dynamics won’t change them.
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