In more proof that Square Enix is trying to kill Marvel’s Avengers off quickly, the game is due to have an update on 18th March.
This update will bring Hawkeye (Clint Barton) to the game finally.
And a massive “reworking” of the XP in-game. By which we mean, the grind is going to get even grindier.
Taking to a recent blog post, Square Enix announced the following;
“Since we launched last September, our balance team has been evaluating the XP curve for levelling from 1-50. We’ll be making some changes to address two core issues.
The current XP ‘curve’ isn’t really a curve at all. In most RPGs, the amount of XP you need to level up increases as you gain levels in a curve. But our system is a straight line. This has led to pacing issues, such as skill points currently being rewarded too fast, which may be confusing and overwhelming to newer players. We want each decision to invest in a skill or Heroic to be more meaningful”.
So far so, not really totally wretched. Not great, but neither is Avengers. However, Square Enix added;
“Based on these issues, we’ll be increasing the amount of XP needed to level up, starting from around level 25. This amount will increase the closer you get to level 50 so that it will take longer to reach higher levels. [This] will only affect [the] character level, not power level. If you already have level 50 characters, which is the current maximum, this won’t affect you. If you have a character who isn’t level 50 and want to speed up their progress, take this time to do so before the update on 18th March”.
So, for any fans of Hawkeye (don’t be shy, Clint is a decent hero in the comics) who have, somehow, avoided the game up til now, it may not be wise to jump in once the purple-clad archer comes to town. That’s not to say the game will be any more enjoyable for you as it currently stands. But at least you’ll be able to max out your favourites, and Ms Marvel, before Square decides it wants to make Avengers a full-time job.
You can view the full update list for the upcoming update here. Currently, Square Enix has only added two* characters post-launch, Clint being the second. For anyone still interested, Kate Bishop (also Hawkeye. Don’t ask), was the game’s first DLC character.
*We’re not including the PlayStation-exclusive inclusion of Spider-Man, because exclusives are toxic and ruining video games to this day.