The Avengers Grind Is About To Become More Of A Grind

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Screenshot: Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix

On March 18, Marvel’s Avengers will receive some much-needed new content when Hawkeye joins the roster. But that’s not all. In that same update, the game’s XP system will receive a major overhaul, developer Crystal Dynamics announced today.


As things currently stand, the leveling system in Avengers is structured so each character levels up in a straight line, rather than an exponential curve. Basically, it’s just as easy to get Iron-Man from level 1 to level 2 as it is to get him from level 49 to 50 (the highest level). After the change, that pace will remain as is until “around level 25,” at which point it’ll require more XP to continuously level up.

A blog post on the Square Enix website said that the original pacing, “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.”

However, after beating the main campaign last September, my most-used hero, Iron-Man, was at level 15. So it’s hard to see how these changes could affect new players in any way—that is, until they hit the endgame.

The upcoming change is just for character levels. Power levels—the Destiny-like number that derives from gear and helps dictate how strong those characters are—will remain unaffected. What’s more, if you have a roster of heroes at level 50, you won’t be affected either.

Kotaku asked Square Enix, the game’s publisher, if there are plans in the works to allow players to respec skills but did not immediately hear back.

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I have a question.

When has there ever been a game of this type (MMO, Live Service, Loot Shooter, whatever the fuck, etc....) where the players in comments and message boards just sat back and said something to the effect of, “Wow. What an entirely satisfying and engaging endgame these developers have delivered.”? Whether is gets kind of ‘fixed’ a year or so later, at release, I can’t think of a single time players have reacted that way. It is the one thing they always seem to agree on. “Endgame aint shit.” “There is no content for endgame.” “When are they going to fix this.”

It is like this corrupted perception that has never been corrected among gamers. If after decades and some unknown number of games from some unknown number of developers, maybe it is time to adjust expectations. They almost never really have good ideas on how to fix anything either. They just know that it’s shit and will know when it isn’t shit when that time comes. I am not saying this game has a good one or not, I don’t tend to play any game that has a quote-unquote “endgame.” I like endings (which is also why I don’t play damn gatcha mobile games. They don’t end. What kind of twisted hamster wheel have millions of people willingly committed themselves to?).