During a recent Reddit AMA session (Ask Me Anything), two lead developers at Crystal Dynamics answered several questions about Marvel’s Avengers, the upcoming game coming out in early September.
To begin with, Philippe Therien (director of War Zones) revealed that indeed Marvel’s Avengers will be getting ‘raid-like’ content not too long after the first release.
You will see some variation in the beta, but the very long Warzones are not part of the Beta. Drop zones are about 10 minutes, Warzone missions range between 15-30 minutes, and Villain sectors can swing up or down depending on how your team handles the bosses, but I imagine you’ll spend a good 30 minutes on that. Our raids equivalent can take at least 1-2 hours depending on the team and things like Hives vary depending on their size.
The first raid-esque content we have (I’m using that word because we have a cooler word for our game) will come very close to launch, like not months close, weeks close, but we’re now finalizing the date. I think we’ll be presenting it in one of the following news programs, so I hope you get a taste of it and can play it a few weeks later. We are also working on more of them.
Therien continued the post-launch plans for Marvel’s Avengers, adding:
We are finalizing those details, but post-launch content will be delivered on different frequencies. I don’t want to promise anything until it is announced, but we have ideas for weekly / monthly and longer term content drops. We’ll give you some updates on that once it’s all final and approved.
Much of the content additions will include new heroes, such as the recently unveiled Hawkeye. On this topic, Therien stated:
Our goal is to create heroes that bring something new to the table, but don’t dramatically change the power curve in a way that makes the older heroes obsolete. As for storytelling, we’ll focus stories around the new heroes that meet the Avengers, so our strategy is to treat heroes of the past as the Avengers team rather than focusing too much on narrow story silos. However, it doesn’t mean we won’t have interactions between new heroes and existing Avengers, we’re super passionate about that!
Marvel’s Avengers will be available September 4 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Google Stadia. The game will also be a launch title for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.