The latest Marvel's Avengers update has brought back players to the struggling live service game, but this new game from Crystal Dynamics is far from what you'd call a success.
Marvel's Avengers recently revealed its roadmap for 2021. Despite the game's low launch numbers, Square Enix has backed Crystal Dynamics in its plans to deliver more content throughout the year. The first part of this roadmap introducing Hawkeye has already launched and it looks like it's had a positive effect — but that might not be enough.
The New Marvel's Avengers Update Might Not Be Enough
As Forbes reports, the latest Marvel's Avengers update has had a noticeable effect on the player count as shown on Steam Charts. The game has seen a 45.5% gain in players, many of whom are probably coming back to enjoy the new content.
That's a pretty impressive gain when you look at percentages. Raw numbers, however, are another story — Marvel's Avengers has hit 2,686 peak players in the last 30 days. That's certainly better than the low of 779 peak players for February 2021, but it's far away from the 28,145 peak players reported by Steam Charts for the game's launch.
Things get even more complicated when one looks at the game's roadmap. The addition of Hawkeye is a pretty big update, adding new story missions along with a new hero and villain. There's certainly more content to come over the Spring and Summer, but we're not likely to see a big content drop like this until Black Panther and the War for Wakanda expansion arrive later this year.
The new Marvel's Avengers update is certainly welcome to the people who've already burned through the existing content. Whether or not it's enough to keep the game alive, however, is another story. This game still has a chance to succeed; odds are, the make-or-break moment is going to be when War for Wakanda launches.
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