A few months ago, publisher Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics added paid boosts to Marvel's Avengers. The game is a third-person action experience where you can play as any of the Avengers and take on challenging missions. It received mediocre reviews at launch due to its constrained, brawler-like nature and currently sits at a 66% on Metacritic for the Xbox One version.
Hero's Catalysts and Fragment Extractors have been a part of Marvel's Avengers since day one, but they could only be earned by playing the game. When they were added to the microtransactions store, there was a lot of backlash from the community. Before launch, Crystal Dynamics said that the store would only feature cosmetic items.
We have decided that by the end of today we will remove Hero’s Catalysts and Fragment Extractors for purchase. pic.twitter.com/8am9nSstP2— Marvel's Avengers (@PlayAvengers) November 2, 2021
Today, the official Marvel's Avengers Twitter account posted that these two boosts would be removed from the store on November 2, 2021. Since Hero's Catalysts provide experience boosts and Fragment Extractors increase the number of Fragments — a valuable in-game resource — a player can earn, they're definitely advantage-giving microtransactions.
In the letter, Crystal Dynamics acknowledged that the addition of paid boosts harmed its relationship with the community. Hopefully, their removal and continued support for Marvel's Avengers will change how people feel about the game.
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