Sq. Enix’s Avengers recreation is getting a PlayStation-exclusive Spider-Man character, and that sucks
Sq. Enix’s Avengers recreation will arrive this fall, and it’ll deliver again console-exclusive content material in a giant method: the corporate introduced that PlayStation gamers will get unique entry to a playable Spider-Man character someday in 2021.
Frankly, that sucks. It’s not clear whether or not Sony paid Sq. Enix further for the unique character or if that is merely an extension of the film rights that Sony has lengthy since held to the character. However the reality is that PlayStation Four and PlayStation 5 homeowners will be capable to get entry to a significant piece of content material for the upcoming recreation that gamers on Xbox, PC, or Stadia received’t.
Platform-exclusive content material in third-party releases has been a irritating side of the video games trade for years, with each Sony and Microsoft shelling out for unique ranges or early entry in video games like Name of Responsibility, Future 2, or Management. However since cross-play between Sony, Microsoft, and PC platforms for video games that exist on all three platforms has began to grow to be the norm, the fad of gating off items of content material to the homeowners of the “proper” console has been falling out of favor — a minimum of, till this newest resurgence.
What makes it notably irritating is that totally different playable heroes are a key a part of Marvel’s Avengers, with the precise hero you play (and their position in a four-player staff) having main impacts on gameplay.
Marvel’s Avengers is set to launch with six playable characters — Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, and Ms. Marvel — with the promise of further characters (just like the lately introduced Hawkeye) to be added to the sport sooner or later totally free. Every character has their very own loot pool, talent tree, fight type, and traversal strategies that set them aside. Think about if Diablo or Future had an additional class that was solely obtainable on Xbox or PC; that’s roughly the extent of what PlayStation homeowners are getting right here.
As irritating because the unique content material is, it does make sense given Sony’s present technique for the PlayStation model as a complete, which has been to give attention to PlayStation-exclusive video games that merely aren’t obtainable wherever else. Persevering with to push that platform benefit by DLC — particularly with a personality like Spider-Man that’s so tightly tied to Sony as an organization — makes excellent sense (for Sony, a minimum of).
Marvel’s Avengers is ready to be launched on September 4th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia. Subsequent-generation variations for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Collection X are additionally deliberate for later this yr.
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