Though it earned lots of praise for its story campaign, Marvel's Avengers from Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics has yet to catch on with people like, say, the superhero team's Marvel Cinematic Universe counterpart has. With updates scant and the PC headcount hovering around the low thousands, Studio Head Scot Amos is telling Avengers players that Crystal Dynamics is listening to their feedback and promises imminent "fixes, improvements, and additions."
Kotaku reached out to Crystal Dynamics in light of Avengers' live service model "flailing," with the studio having served up close to nothing since the official launch in early September. Players have taken their complaints about the lack of content to places like Twitter and Reddit, and for PC, Forbes spotted that the Steam player count actually dipped below 1,000 at one point. Low player engagement also leads to long waits for matchmaking.
Crystal Dynamics responded to Kotaku with a hefty statement from Amos. While all of the specific additions Amos mentions have been discussed previously, he also assures Avengers players that the studio is well aware of how the community feels about the game at present:
To our players: every day we fight to make the best game possible for our community. We have a great community management team at Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix who funnel all of your concerns, suggestions, and feedback to the development team daily. We are listening. We are making fixes, improvements, and additions as fast as we safely can to make Marvel's Avengers the game we all aspire it to be.
Amos goes on to say that "information and details about the very near content drops" will come in a new blog post on the Marvel's Avengers site next week. The introduction of Kate Bishop and Clint Barton as playable characters, along with their respective Hawkeye story missions and other new multiplayer challenges, are still planned to come over the next few weeks and months.
"We are confident that we'll see PC players (as well as those on Xbox One and PlayStation 4) return to the game," says Amos.
It's also possible that Marvel's Avengers could see a bump in activity with the launch of the new Xboxes and PlayStation 5, which will receive upgraded versions of the game (for current-gen owners, the upgrades will be available for free). Pre-release datamining also suggests that popular heroes like Captain Marvel, War Machine, and She Hulk are also planned as roster additions down the road—a larger, more diverse Marvel's Avengers lineup certainly might get more people to stick with Crystal Dynamics' game for the long haul.