Marvel’s Avengers Will Die With Spider-Man Stuck On PlayStation

Spider-Man takes a selfie with a Hulk figure while other superheroes stand behind him.

Image: Marvel / Crystal Dynamics

Late last week, Square Enix announced that its besieged 2020 live service game, Marvel’s Avengerswill no longer have new content or major updates after March 31. And all official support for the game will end on September 30, 2023, with digital sales on that date as well. Although you’ll still be able to play it offline and online with friends after these dates, it’s effectively over for the restless online action game. But even in death, the developer Crystal Dynamics just confirmed that the character of Spider-Man will remain exclusive to the PS4 and PS5 versions.

This saga began when, shortly before the release of Marvel’s AvengersCrystal Dynamics announced that Spider-Man would be added to the game at a later date. However, the famous web-slinger would not come to the Xbox or PC versions. Instead, only PS4 (and later PS5) games would have access to the character. It took longer than expectedbut eventually, in November 2021 Spider-Man appeared in the PlayStation versions. At the time, fans theorized that it was because Spider-Man was owned by Sony and therefore Spidey was only on PlayStation. (That’s not the case, as Sony only owns the movie rights to the character.) But since then, the famous superhero has Midnight sun across all platforms. So it’s not like Spider-Man can only exist on PlayStation consoles.

And yet, Crystal Dynamics confirmed in a blog post on January 20th that Spider-Man still won’t coming to Xbox or PC. What a shame! Even when the failed live-service game dies, none of Spidey’s corporate overlords can agree to let him swing across all platforms for the few. Avengers Players out there are still enjoying the game.

Marvel / PlayStation

Kotaku Marvel, PlayStation, Square Enix, Embracer Group, and Crystal Dynamics reached out for comment, but did not hear back prior to publication.

I already know people in the comments or quote retweets will claim that Sony completely owns Spider-Man (it doesn’t) or that Sony can’t legally allow the character to appear on other platforms (it can). Still, he’s in Midnight sun, a game released on Xbox, PlayStation and PC. He is in mobile games released on iOS, Android, and PC, too.

So it’s very feasible to show Spidey on other consoles, if the people pulling the strings, cutting the deals and making the contracts can agree to it. But apparently doesn’t care enough Avengers and his community for a final gesture of goodwill to gather players and showcase the web-slingin’ hero on Xbox and PC. If you want to play the full version of the game after support ends in September, it seems you’ll need to own a PlayStation. Say it with me again: console-exclusive DLC sucks.

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