Square Enix announced that Marvel’s Avengers won’t utilize loot boxes or pay-to-win elements during its E3 press conference, but the game will feature cosmetic microtransactions.
In an interview with IGN, Crystal Dynamics Lead Creative Director Shaun Escayg revealed that “There will be custom outfits that you can purchase in microtransactions.” Lead Combat Designer Vincent Napoli also added, “There are other aesthetic ways to customize your player card and your player experience, but there is nothing that affects the gameplay.” Napoli didn’t elaborate further on the other types of paid customization that will be included.
This revelation has led to criticism on social media. Some gamers are trying to draw comparisons to Marvel’s Spider-Man, which launched with nearly 30 suits for the web-slinger and added more via free updates. It’s worth noting, however, that some suits were included with the game’s paid story DLC. It’s also important to remember that Square Enix has announced that owners of Marvel’s Avengers will receive all story and character DLC at no additional charge.
We’re sure to learn more about Square Enix’s monetization strategy for the game as we get closer to its May 15, 2020 release. A beta is currently planned that requires a pre-order for access, and the PS4 version of the game will receive exclusive, unannounced bonuses.
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