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Marvel's Avengers hits Xbox Series X|S and PS5 on March 18, also gains Hawkeye
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The Square Enix-published Avengers game that released in September last year is receiving the promised next-gen console version on March 18. The cooperative action title has been playable on the new console generation via backward compatibility, but this official launch will utilize the new hardware specifically to offer an enhanced experience.
The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will run the game at up to 4K resolution while the Xbox Series S will target 1440p. Frame rate targets were not revealed today but they are expected to be higher than on the previous generation consoles. Faster load times, increased draw distances, higher resolution textures, along with improved heroics and destruction effects will also be present in this version.
The next-gen version will be available as a free upgrade to all owners of Marvel's Avengers on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. All progress will carry over and cross-gen play is enabled so no friends will be left behind when upgrading either.
On the same day that the new version drops, developer Crystal Dynamics will also release the next playable superhero to the game, Clint Barton's Hawkeye, for free through an update. Continuing the Future Imperfect storyline, the new bow and katana-wielding hero's mission can be played both solo and with up to three other players, where they will find themselves time traveling to a possible future Earth to take down Maestro.
Marvel's Avengers Xbox Series X|S and PS5 versions pushed back to 2021
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The Square Enix-published super-hero action game Marvel's Avengers flew its way to current-gen consoles and PC last month. The game was also heading to the next-generation Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 console platforms this holiday, but that plan has now been pushed back.
In a state of the game blog post, Crystal Dynamics head of studio Scot Amos revealed that the next-gen version of the title has been pushed back to 2021, adding that this is to "to ensure that we give our team the time to deliver a next-gen experience showcasing all that this game is meant to be. "
Keep in mind that even though specific enhancements won't be there yet, the current-gen version will be playable on next-gen consoles at launch with more stable frame rates and faster loading times. As previously announced, the publisher will be offering free next-gen upgrades to those who pick up the title on current consoles.
Crystal Dynamics also apologized for the turbulent launch of Marvel's Avengers, where a large number of players were met with bugs and crashes. "This does not align with Crystal Dynamics’ value of craftsmanship, and for that we sincerely apologize," it added. For those that stuck with it, the studio will be giving away a "thank-you bundle" of in-game items from October 22 to November 5, which includes 1500 Credits, 7000 Units, 250 Upgrade Modules, 20 DNA Keys, and a Nameplate.
The delays don't stop there though, as the developer is also pushing back the first post-launch Avenger Kate Bishop out of the previously announced October window. Once again, this was attributed to wanting a quality-focused release. A new launch window was not announced today, but her and Clint Barton, plus their campaigns, should land before the end of the year.
As for other 2021 additions aside from the free upgrade, the studio is planning to introduce a new hero, region, a narrative arc, and more. PlayStation 4 and 5 version owners are also slated to receive Spider-Man as an exclusive character next year.
By Asher Madan
Fortnite Nexus War pits Marvel heroes against Galactus
by Asher Madan
While the court battle against Apple and Google has just begun, Epic Games is still focused on providing users who still have access to Fortnite with new content. A few hours ago, the studio announced Fortnite Nexus War. Fortnite Nexus War pits Marvel heroes like Iron Man and Thor against the infamous villain Galactus.
According to Marvel Universe lore, Galactus is an unstoppable cosmic entity who originally consumed planets to sustain his life force. He is regarded as the oldest living being in the Marvel Universe and has the ability to shatter entire planets with his energy beam. It'll be quite a challenge to stop him in Fortnite.
A Fortnite Nexus War Battle Pass is also available through the in-game store that unlocks a number of items like She-Hulk, Iron Man, Wolverine, and Groot. Your goal is to restore the Marvel heroes' memories in order to stop Galactus. You'll also learn how The Avengers ended up on the Fortnite island in the process.
By Asher Madan
Marvel's Avengers gets action-packed launch trailer
by Asher Madan
Marvel's Avengers is an upcoming third-person brawler from publisher Square Enix. The game combines an original story with single-player and co-op gameplay. The title takes place after a horrific event leaves San Francisco in ruins. The Avengers have been disbanded for 5 years, but when an even bigger evil threatens the planet, it's up to you to assemble the crew and save the world once more.
Marvel's Avengers is scheduled to launch on September 4, 2020, on Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia. There are Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions also in development, that may launch with those consoles.
Today, Square Enix released the launch trailer for Marvel's Avengers. The video touches upon the story, but its main focus is the action. You can play as a number of heroes, and all of them have devastating and unique moves. For example, Thor is able to summon lighting, while The Hulk employs sheer brute force.
You can purchase Marvel's Avengers, starting at $60, through the Microsoft Store, PlayStation Store, and Steam. If you purchase the game on current-generation consoles, you'll get a free upgrade for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 with possibly a higher resolution and faster frame rate.
Marvel's Avengers PC version features and system requirements released
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The Marvel's Avengers title that's being developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal is only a month away from releasing, and prospective PC players finally received word today on what sort of hardware does the game require to get a smooth experience. Plus, PC specific features were also detailed today.
Here are the minimum and recommended system requirements, which paints a rather well-optimized experience:
Moreover, a 30GB optional high-resolution texture pack will be made available to all PC players from day one, which should account for the higher space requirements in the recommended specification. Describing the texture pack, the developer said that while using it, "forests will feel lusher, the tundra more frigid, and AIM facilities all the more sinister to really bring the experience to life."
Ultra-wide resolution and multi-monitor display support were also confirmed, alongside unlocked frame rates and configurable keyboard and mouse controls.
PC players will be able to jump into the upcoming three-day beta weekends on Steam - which come with access to single-player and co-op missions - starting from August 14 for pre-order owners, while the open beta will kick-off on August 21. Participants will even be able to download and test out the high-resolution texture pack during the beta. More information regarding the beta can be found on this FAQ page set up by the developer.