Marvel’s Avengers now offers more in-game purchases to players, including XP and resource-collecting boosts. The new monetization elements have been added to the game, although Crystal Dynamics previously stated that IAPs wouldn’t affect gameplay.
Players can now buy “consumables” in the Marvel’s Avengers in-game marketplace. It allows users to temporarily increase the number of resources they collect or XP they gain.
These changes run counter to promises both publisher Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics made prior to and after the game’s launch. According to a blog post on the Marvel’s Avengers website from September 2020 (via VGC), the studio was “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 XP boosts and other “consumables” made a lot of fans angry, as the game’s subreddit is now full of negative comments.
As one user wrote, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have now turned to the “liars who have essentially squandered the most popular franchise on the earth currently.” “For the first time since this game launched I no longer want to support it,” another user said.