Marvel’s Avengers roadmap update for July and August

Marvel's Avengers from Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics had a rocky start, but the updates have steadily improved the gameplay experience. One of the most requested is the ability to play multiples of the same character. Although this was available during the Tachyon Anomaly Event, it is now going to be a permanent feature! Find out the details, right here!

As previously reported in Xfire’s E3 2021 coverage, Marvel’s Avengers is getting a series of updates that include War for Wakanda, and other quality of life improvements.

Images: Square Enix/Marvel Entertainment

Chief amongst these upgrades is the addition of being able to permanently use multiples of the same character. However, it appears Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics are making some modifications to the release of the updates after a series of technical issues that arose from the game’s Patch 1.8.0.

Find out the details of the updates and what they entail for the Marvel’s Avengers roadmap in the game’s future!

Patch 1.8.0 mishaps

Marvel’s Avengers patch 1.8.0 was released June 22, 2021 which launched the Cosmic Cube event and was intended to improve gameplay. However, the Playstation 5 version was also unintentionally displaying the IP address of players, leading to a massive privacy issue.

Crystal Dynamics immediately addressed the probem, calling on players to avoid streaming their games during the interim. This led to the studio to issuing a hotfix patch 1.8b on June 23:

This may seem like a trivial matter, but displaying the IP address of players is a serious privacy concern. Aside from the liability that Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics would possibly be facing, compromised IP addresses can be exploited by hackers and other internet malcontents, such as DDoS attacks.

Avengers assemble!

Now everyone can be the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist on Marvel's Avengers Strike teams.

On the gameplay side of things, Marvel’s Avenger's roadmap has confirmed that multiplayer Mega Hives and the first Omega Level Threat will be added. According to the game's offical Twitter account:

Mega Hives are aimed to challenge player Strike Teams with increasingly difficult missions and opponents:

The Mega Hive is a single-player chain of four missions that tests your team’s might. Each week you’ll have a shot at completing the Mega Hive mission chain. When you defeat all eight missions, the Mega Hive mission chain is removed from the War Table until the next weekly refresh, when you can run it again with new modifiers.

However, the most anticipated update is the ability of players to select the same characters. This is technically not a new feature, as it was available during the Tachyon Anomaly Event last April, but only for a limited duration. In the July update, the option to choose the same character among players in a strike team will become a permanent fixture.

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The feature adds a layer of versatility and allows players who had a favorite character in the roster to no longer worry about being forced to choose someone else. So if you want an entire team of Iron Men, a la the Iron Legion from the comics, or the MCU’s Age of Ultron, have at it!

Appropriately, outfits that are inspired from the Marvel Cinematic Universe versions of the Avengers will also be added to the features of the game.

Delayed updates

Not everything is good news, however. Due to additional work needed to ensure that a mishap similar to that of Patch 1.8.0 is avoided, some other updates that were expected for July will be pushed back. The War for Wakanda expansion has been moved to August. This includes the addition of Black Panther and content specific to the Wakandan locales, such as the Klaw faction (based on T’Challa’s traditional archnemesis).

Furthermore, Patrol Mode, Power Level Increases, additional War Zones and Assignments in the Wastelands Region, and other Omega Level Threat missions have had their status changed to “In Development”, with no specific dates set.

The War for Wakanda expansion for Marvel's Avengers has been moved to an August 2021 launch.

Marvel’s Avengers, published by Square Enix and developed by Crystal Dynamics, is currently available on the Sony Playstation 4 and Playstation 5, Microsoft Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, Stadia, and Windows PC.

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