Crystal Dynamics’ Philippe Therien also discusses plans for regular content updates.
There’s quite a lot to look forward to with Marvel’s Avengers, especially with the massive beta that starts this month. However, the real journey begins after launch with new raid-like missions and new heroes coming to the roster. The first new hero is Hawkeye who will have his own Hero Missions and story.
In a recent Reddit AMA, War Zones director Philippe Therien talked about how these story missions would focus more on meeting up with the main Avengers cast as opposed to being standalone tales. “Our goal is to create heroes that bring something new to the table but don’t dramatically alter the power curve in a way where the older heroes’ become outdated.
“As far as storytelling goes, we are going to focus stories around the new heroes meeting up with the Avengers so our strategy is to treat past heroes’ as the Avengers team rather than trying to focus too much on narrow silos of stories. HOWEVER and that’s a big however, it doesn’t mean we won’t have interactions between new heroes and existing Avengers, that’s something we are super passionate about!”
How often will new heroes be released? The development team obviously wants them out quickly but isn’t rushing things. “Timing to be announced but we are trying to make this as fast as possible. We are taking our time to make sure the Hero’s bring something to the table that is new and fun,” said Therien.
He also confirmed that new content would be delivered at “varying frequencies”. “I don’t want to promise anything until its announced but we have ideas for Weekly/Monthly and longer term content drops. We will give you some updates on that soon as its all final and approved.”
The beta for Marvel’s Avengers begins on August 7th to 9th for PS4 pre-orders. Xbox One and PC pre-orders can play on August 14th to 16th while players on all platforms can jump in on August 21st to 23rd regardless of pre-order status. Beta content is fairly vast and includes the A-Day Prologue, two Hero Missions, several Drop Zones and War Zones, HARM Rooms, Primary Skill customization and much more.
Marvel’s Avengers launches on September 4th for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Stadia. It will also be coming to Xbox Series X and PS5 before the year is out.