Final Wednesday, Crystal Dynamics outlined plenty of upcoming beauty and XP reworks for Marvel’s Avengers. The reside service recreation launched in September final 12 months to middling opinions, with a scarcity of endgame content material and efficiency points topping complaints from each critics and followers alike.
Whereas some gamers might have hoped the weblog publish would define some new content material or technique of grinding out XP for his or her characters, nevertheless, it as a substitute outlined some modifications to the XP system that makes the grind much more arduous and fewer satisfying consequently.
Within the preliminary weblog publish, the developer outlined that the present ‘straight line’ XP curve that Marvel’s Avengers used “led to pacing points, comparable to ability factors presently being rewarded too quick, which can be complicated and overwhelming to newer gamers.”
To treatment this, Crystal Dynamics revealed it will be “growing the quantity of XP wanted to stage up, ranging from round stage 25”, with the quantity growing the nearer gamers get to a personality’s max stage of fifty.
This information didn’t go down too properly with followers final week, with many complaining on Twitter and the sport’s subreddit that Crystal Dynamics had bought it unsuitable. It wasn’t Marvel’s Avengers XP grind that was the difficulty, however the lack of endgame content material to grind by.
In response, a thread was created on the subreddit from the developer itself, offering extra clarification and particulars on the XP modifications. Besides it didn’t make clear something. It’s solely made issues worse.
“The issue we had been seeing, and listening to, was that you’d instantly get extra ability factors than you had time to assessment, apply, and get used to, earlier than embarking in your subsequent mission and gaining your subsequent few ranges. Hopefully, you’ll be able to see the difficulty right here”, a part of the publish reads.
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“We would like individuals to stage up, in reality, we actually need to see extra individuals stage up extra Heroes, as taking part in the total Avenger roster needs to be essentially the most enjoyable factor you are able to do, however we don’t need the leveling up expertise to be too overwhelming or diminish exploring every ability buy.”
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The issue right here is that Crystal Dynamics appears to have simply contradicted itself in its personal rationalization.
The developer needs individuals to stage up and respect how satisfying the total roster of characters is. But, the brand new system makes the method of leveling up characters and unlocking extra satisfying strikes and abilities to make use of with them — thus making the roster extra satisfying to play with on the entire — much more tough?
From my very own time with the sport when reviewing it final September, I by no means felt ‘overwhelmed’ by having a number of ability factors to assign. My major gripe was the entire lack of endgame content material to make use of these new abilities and the roster of Heroes in with out it changing into a boring, repetitive slog.
This beautiful a lot sums it up:
Crystal Dynamics declare the re-tuning — as a consequence of come into impact on March 18 alongside Hawkeye’s arrival into the sport and the Xbox Collection X|S and PS5 replace — provides “round 3-5 hours to achieve the utmost stage” per character.
On no account does this XP grind get me excited on the considered reinstalling Marvel’s Avengers on my PS5 come March 18 to take a look at Hawkeye and different new content material.
Figuring out I’ll should spend extra time to realize the identical outcomes I can get now in a fraction of the time simply makes me really feel like the sport doesn’t worth my time, nor does it need to make the method of grinding out character ranges appear in any respect enjoyable.
Look, I get it. Marvel’s Avengers has not been in a very good place for some time, and Crystal Dynamics wanted (and nonetheless wants) to do one thing to try to change the sport’s fortunes. However this wasn’t it.
The group has been fairly vocal about wanting a brand new roadmap, outlining further endgame content material, characters and different tweaks to maintain the grind feeling recent, and nonetheless nothing.
As Forbes’ Paul Tassi highlights, gamers are as a substitute “left to easily comb by datamined data to see what’s coming, after which make up their very own fantasy roadmaps about what they assume we are able to anticipate primarily based on how lengthy issues have been taking now.”
The issue wasn’t the best way the XP system modifications had been defined. It’s the modifications themselves.
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