Since January 2023, fans of Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers live-service superhero RPG have known that the service would be shut down on September 30 of that year. Crystal Dynamics stated at the time that “all players will be made available to all cosmetics for free” after the final update is implemented. Okay, everyone, the moment is now. On Friday, the final balance and gameplay modifications were made to Marvel’s Avengers, allowing players to experience the loot-driven RPG free of the microtransaction crap that has plagued it from launch.
Marvel’s Avengers is an action-adventure game developed by Crystal Dynamics, the studio responsible for the reboot of Tomb Raider, and scheduled for release in September 2020 on old-gen consoles and Stadia (RIP) before making the jump to new-gen devices in March 2021. Marvel’s Avengers, a live-service project that reassembled Earth’s mightiest heroes to defeat the megalomaniacal tech business Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M. ), received a 67 on Metacritic and a 68 on Open Critic upon its initial release. While praising the game overall, the late Mike Fahey of Kotaku criticized it for its gritty progression mechanisms and aggressive monetization techniques, calling it “one of the best comic book games” he’s ever played.
But, the game’s time on Earth was short. After the release of Update 2.8 on January 20, Square Enix confirmed on their blog that the game would no longer get updates or official support beyond September 30. Even while it’s disappointing, there is some positive news in this. Yes, all single-player and multiplayer modes will remain accessible once all updates have been removed. The bright spot in an otherwise depressing announcement is that the whole in-game store’s worth of cosmetic items, including emotes, takedowns, and outfits, will be made available to players for free.
The Shops are now (mostly) accessible.
Square Enix made the announcement on the game’s official Twitter account on March 31: “update 2.8 unlocks nearly all Marketplace items for free.” The “nearly all” part is a bit of a tease, but the patch notes can be viewed on the game’s website to learn which things will be made available at no cost.
⚙ Our final patch, Update 2.8, is live!
🔴 Nearly all Marketplace items are now free!
🔴 Final Hero buffs
🔴 Credit balances have been converted to in-game resources.
— Marvel's Avengers (@PlayAvengers) March 31, 2023
You now have access to “almost all MCU- and non-MCU-inspired outfits, emotes, takedowns, and nameplates,” per the patch notes. This means that all of the cool outfits, such as Black Panther’s “Son of T’Chaka” garb and Black Widow’s “Widow 1998” outfit, are now available for the low, low price of free.99, and that everything earnable through the lootbox-esque Shipments and the battle pass-like Challenge Cards is “automatically granted” when you update the game.
Those who have been playing Marvel’s Avengers since its release, as well as those who earn at least one achievement (on Xbox) or trophy (on PlayStation) before April 1, will receive a free “Variable Threat Response Battle Suit” for Iron Man. This suit is the same one that War Machine wears in all the MCU movies.
In case you were wondering, Square Enix has already confirmed that Spider-Man will remain a PlayStation 4 exclusive. That’s lame, but I guess making pretty much every cosmic free of charge is an OK consolation for locking one of the best Avengers onto a specific platform.
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Is there a free version of the Avengers game?
Enjoy thrilling adventures on Earth or in space as Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Thor, or The Hulk in our free online Avengers Games.
Is there a PC Marvel game that doesn’t cost anything?
Marvel’s Midnight Suns, while having a Marvel license, was mostly ignored in 2022. Nevertheless, you can now play it for free on a PC for a limited time.
In what ways can the Avenger’s downloadable content be obtained?
The “Season Pass” content pack for LEGO® Marvel’s Avengers may be purchased via the Mac App Store. More content including playable characters, cars, and maps is included in the Season Pass. It comes with these downloadable content packs: Marvel’s Avengers: Adventurers in Character Set.
Can I play Marvel’s Avengers without an internet connection?
However, an active internet connection is necessary for online co-op play, downloading post-launch content such as new heroes, new missions, and new locations for free, and playing the game solo after the day one patch download is complete.
To what extent will the Avengers game stretch?
Until March 31, 2023, the game will remain in its current form. The game’s final balancing tweaks will be implemented in Update 2.8, and all cosmetics from the Market, the Challenge Card, and Shipments will be made freely available to all players at that time.
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