In the latest developer blog post from the Marvel’s Avengers team at Crystal Dynamics, it has been announced that content updates to the game will end with the release of Patch 2.8 on March 31st, 2023. Official service will end later in the year on September 30, 2023, after which you will no longer be able to purchase the game. Single and multiplayer campaigns will still be available following the end of official service, but bugfixes and customer support will cease.
Crystal Dynamics states that the decision to end support for the game was “a decision made in conjunction with our partners,” which likely means the studio’s new ownership — Embracer Group — after it was sold by Square Enix along with Eidos Montreal and Onoma (Square Enix Montreal). The developer of the Tomb Raider reboot trilogy struggled to find an audience for the game following a mixed reaction from consumers when it launched in August 2020. Despite this content and feature updates alongside bug fixes rolled out nearly every quarter until the final update this coming March, it appears it could not maintain enough forward momentum to continue service.
The game offers a paid currency for cosmetics, and if you have a balance of that paid currency, it will be converted into in-game currency with the release of Update 2.8 on March 31st. Additionally all cosmetic items will be made available to players to collect for free, to “show all our players how much we’ve appreciated their support over the past few years.”
The Marvel’s Avengers team shares their statement below:
To our amazing community,
After two-and-a-half years and introducing twelve of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, following Update 2.8 on March 31, 2023, we will no longer add new content or features to Marvel’s Avengers. All official support for the gam
Even after official support ceases on September 30, 2023, both single- and multi-player gameplay will continue to be available. See below for more information.
Update 2.7, which added the Winter Soldier Hero and Cloning Lab Omega-Level Threat, is the last new content to be added to the game. No new cosmetics are coming to the Marketplace, and all final balance updates will occur in Update 2.8 in March.
Along with the end of development, we’ll also be turning off the cosmetics Marketplace. When Update 2.8 launches on March 31, 2023, Credits will no longer be purchasable and all remaining Credit balances will be converted into in-game resources to aid ongoing adventures. Here is a table with the resources that will be granted based on existing Credit balances:
As a show of our appreciation for our community, starting March 31, 2023 we will make all the game’s Marketplace, Challenge Card, and Shipment cosmetic content available to all players for free. Every single Outfit, Takedown, Emote, and Nameplate from the Marketplace, Challenge Cards, and Shipments will be free for all players from this date onwards if you own a copy of the game.
Gifting the full library of Marketplace cosmetic content is a way to thank our community by letting everyone experience the breadth and depth of content in Marvel’s Avengers.
We know this is disappointing news as everyone in our community has such a connection to these characters and their stories. We’re so, so grateful that you came on this adventure with us. Your excitement for Marvel’s Avengers – from your epic Photo Mode shots, to your threads theorizing who our next Heroes would be, to your Twitch streams – has played a large part in bringing this game to life.
We hope you continue to play and enjoy Marvel’s Avengers. We can’t thank you enough for your support and for being part of our super team.
– Marvel’s Avengers Development Team
Marvel’s Avengers is available on PC (Steam), PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.