After Marvel’s Avengers suddenly offered XP boosters for real money, developer Crystal Dynamics had to endure harsh criticism and a real shit storm. That has now apparently paid off for the community.
Although Marvel’s Avengers is not a competitive online title, the men from Crystal Dynamics had emphasized in the run-up to the publication that they only offer cosmetic items for real money. Accordingly, the outcry a few weeks ago when the makers suddenly also offered XP boosters and thus enabled interventions in the gameplay for real money.
This outcry and the sometimes extremely harsh criticism has now apparently reached the developers. Consequence: The Hero’s Catalysts and Fragment Extractors will no longer be offered for sale in the future; Crystal Dynamics has decided to forego XP boosters for real money.
The announcement tweeted that the company apologized for not responding to community concerns earlier. The company itself did not see the introduction of paid XP boosters as a pay-to-win mechanism, but in view of the feedback it has now decided to stop the sale.
Such boosters can still be obtained in the regular course of the game, but no longer for money. Boosters that have already been purchased do not expire and can still be used.
It is hoped that this is a first step to regain the trust of the community. Furthermore, one pursues the goal of delivering the best possible game.