Marvel’s Avengers Removes Purchasable XP Boosters From In-Game Marketplace
Crystal Dynamics has announced that it will be removing Catalysts and Hero Fragment Extractors from the Marvel’s Avengers in-game market. Games official Twitter account exposed the reasoning.
“We apologize for not responding sooner to your concerns about adding chargeable consumables to the market,” the statement said. “We pitched them as an option for an evolving player base, and didn’t see them as paying off since they don’t offer power directly.
Hero Catalysts and Fragment Extractors were consumables that increased character XP and speeded up normal game work. Items can still be earned as normal in-game rewards, and those already earned will still be usable.
We have decided that by the end of today we will be removing Catalysts and Hero 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 30 for console, cloud, and PC. The news was received favorably given its potential to attract new players, but the mood quickly deteriorated. The decision to include these consumables in the gaming market last month sparked a backlash.
Fans noted that the game’s website states that any content that can be purchased in-game for real money will be limited to cosmetics only. Fans believed the inclusion of purchasable XP boosts directly contradicted the claim.
As for the future of Marvel’s Avengers, fans can look forward to the PlayStation-exclusive Spider-Man DLC, which will have its own story and cutscenes.
George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @yinyangfooey