Marvel Avengers Game Delayed Until September 2020
Marvel Avengers won’t be hitting its May release date, instead being pushed back by four months. As is now traditional with delays, Crystal Dynamics says it wants to spend more time on polishing and fine-tuning the game. Crystal Dynamics made the announcement today, with studios bosses Ron Rosenberg and Scot Amos posting a blog to apologise for the hold up. The delay seems to be a result of extra polishing and fine-tuning needed for the ambitious games as a service. Crystal Dynamics’ website offered the following statement on the delay, which itself isn’t too clear on the reason behind it:
At Crystal Dynamics our ambition has always been to deliver the ultimate Avengers gaming experience. In order to achieve that goal, we have made the difficult decision to move the release date of Marvel’s Avengers to September 4, 2020.
As fans ourselves, it’s an honor and a privilege to work with these legendary characters and we know what these Super Heroes mean to us and True Believers around the world. When we set out to bring you our vision for Marvel’s Avengers, we committed to delivering an original story-driven campaign, engaging co-op, and compelling content for years to come. To that end, we will spend this additional development time focusing on fine tuning and polishing the game to the high standards our fans expect and deserve.
The game’s delay doesn’t come as a large surprise, especially given the reception to its public showings so far. After the game’s reveal trailer at E3 2019 (Above), it was immediately met with backlash from fans over the character designs of some of Marvel’s most iconic superheroes. While the characters were intended to stay far away from their instantly recognizable Marvel Cinematic Universe counterparts, they instead fell into a strange uncanny valley that left them looking generic. When players began to get their hands on the game in small behind-closed-doors demos, the reactions to the gameplay were similarly lukewarm.
It was also revealed that post-launch characters will come at no additional cost. Marvel’s Avengers will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on 4th September 2020.