The heroes behind the Avengers won't be heading to new consoles right away. Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics announced today that Marvel's Avengers' next-gen versions are being delayed into 2021.
In an update on future Marvel's Avengers content, Crystal Dynamics confirmed the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Marvel's Avengers won't be arriving alongside the consoles' respective launch dates in November. Instead, the launch will happen sometime in 2021, though Avengers will still be playable on PS5 and Xbox via each platform's backward compatibility options. Those versions will also receive faster load times and improved frame rates, as well as the option to carry saves over and cross-play with last-gen consoles (within the same family).
The release of Kate Bishop, the new Avenger joining the roster, is also being pushed out of October. No date has been set yet for her launch, though Crystal Dynamics says it's a "slight delay," so hopefully that won't fall to next year alongside the next-gen versions.
Marvel's Avengers has been in a strange place since its launch. It led the NPD chart for September, but it's also struggled to retain players over a longer period of time. It doesn't help that the next-gen launch season is getting into full swing, with a lot of large games in tow.
Crystal Dynamics says there's more to come, both in an upcoming War Table presentation in November and in 2021. After the arrival of Hawkeye, Crystal Dynamics says 2021 will hold its "biggest Avengers Initiative addition yet," with a new hero, region, and a narrative arc. It sounds like Marvel's Avengers will make another bid for your long-term playtime next year.