Crystal Dynamics' superhero game is set to launch this September, but those who buy it early will still have an upgrade path when new consoles come out this holiday season. The studio announced today that previous-gen owners who buy Marvel's Avengers will be able to upgrade their copy to the next-gen version of the game, within respective console families, free of charge.
Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will take advantage of this program, according to a Square Enix press release. Both will be able to upgrade to next-gen consoles once that hardware is available, but only within the console families-PS4 can only upgrade to PS5, and Xbox One to Xbox Series X.
In a PlayStation blog post today, Crystal Dynamics' Chief Technology Officer Gary Snethen went into detail on how the PS5 version would be upgraded from the previous-gen version. Marvel's Avengers will offer a high framerate mode on the PS5, which will target 60 FPS with a dynamic 4K resolution.
The PS5 version of Marvel's Avengers will also make use of the DualSense controller's haptics and triggers, and notably, its SSD. Sony exclusives like Horizon Forbidden West have been announced to have much faster loading times thanks to the PS5's internal architecture, and Avengers plans to take advantage of that same tech. "When optimization is complete, loading content will be nearly instant, allowing players to seamlessly jump into missions anywhere in the game world," Snethen says.
While the post specifies PS5 improvements, the Square Enix press release says the studio will have more details to share on Xbox Series X, PC, and Stadia-specific features at a later time. Marvel's Avengers has a gameplay showcase set for this this week, where we're due to learn more about the upcoming superhero action game.