Crystal Dynamics has announced that it will remove Hero Catalysts and Fragment Extractors from Marvel’s Avengers in-game market. the games Official Twitter account Logic mode.
“We apologize for not responding soon enough to your concerns about adding paid consumables to the market,” the statement said. “We presented it as an option for an evolving player base, and have not considered it paid-to-win since they don’t offer strength directly.”
Hero Catalysts and Fragment Extractors were consumables that boosted characters’ XP and speeded up the usual grind in the game. Items can still be earned as normal gameplay rewards and items already earned will still be usable.
We have decided that by the end of the day we will be removing Hero Catalysts and Fragment Extractors for purchase. pic.twitter.com/8am9nSstP2
– Marvel’s Avengers (PlayAvengers) November 2, 2021
Marvel’s Avengers was added to Xbox Game Pass on September 30th for console, cloud, and PC. This news was received positively due to its potential to attract new players, but the mood quickly soured. The decision to include these consumables on the in-game market last month was met with a backlash.
Fans noted that the game’s website said that any content that can be purchased in the game with real money will be limited to cosmetics only. Fans believe that the inclusion of purchasable XP boosts directly contradicts the statement.
For the future of Marvel’s Avengers, fans can look forward to PlayStation-exclusive Spider-Man DLC content, which will have its own story and cinematic scenes.
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