It’s the classic bait-and-switch of video game development, as you can now add another instance to the list of: things developers say before release, only to go back on them a year later. We are of course talking about gameplay-affecting microtransactions in a game that was previously promised to only include cosmetic MTX.
That’s right, Marvel's Avengers is back in the headlines everybody! This week, following its addition to Xbox Game Pass, MTX booster packs were added to the game which can either increase the amount of XP or resources players gain for a certain amount of time. They’re not necessarily game-breaking, but it completely goes against what developers said 2 years ago, and obviously fans are frustrated.
“Our promise to the community is that we won’t have random loot boxes or pay-to-win scenarios,” said Meagan Marie, the Senior Community Manager, back during a presentation at E3 2019.
A statement on the game’s official website even said right up until launch: “We’ve committed that content purchasable with real money in Marvel’s Avengers will be aesthetic-only additions, which will ensure we can keep the game fresh for years to come.”
The major problem is that this might not be the end of it, as more gameplay-affecting microtransactions could be implemented in the future. After all, what merit does the word of the developers have when they simply go back on it years later? It has also sparked worries for the upcoming single-player game from Square Enix, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, which apparently won’t include any microtransactions or DLC (but who knows how long that will last now).
It’s a slippery slope for sure, and fans online are not happy at all about the new consumables. There are even some claiming the game has been updated to pressure players into purchasing them after an update in March 2021 slowed down the rate at which players can level up their characters.
What do you think? Do you still play Marvel’s Avengers? Is it okay for developers to do this? Does this affect your trust in Square Enix and their developers? Let us know your thoughts!