Recently, Sony and Square Enix officially revealed that Spider-Man will only be available in the PS4 edition of Marvel Avengers as a new playable character. While this may sound great to PS4 owners, the news caused a huge backlash against Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix for offering less content on Xbox One and PC for the same price as the PS4 version of the game.
According to a recent post on Reddit, which has already been voted by over 14,000 users, the Xbox community believes that the PS4 exclusivity of Spider-Man content in Marvel Avengers is an unforgivable disrespect as they will pay the same price, but receive less content. In order to demonstrate this anger over Square Enix’s exclusive deal with PlayStation, Xbox gamers are considering boycotting the game, which simply means they wouldn’t buy it until the publisher offers the same content at the same price on PC and Xbox as on PS4.
Since its official announcement at E3 2019, Marvel Avengers has received a lot of criticism from fans so far. At first, fans reacted to the game’s character design which does not appear to be undergoing any changes to satisfy its community. Then the game was criticized for focusing too much on Kamala Khan rather than the other popular superheroes who are the core members of the Avengers team. And now the Spider-Man exclusivity has sparked backlash against the game once again.
Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have yet to respond to the reviews, and I don’t expect any changes in their plans as it appears to be an agreement made between Sony and the publisher behind. Marvel’s Avengers.
Marvel Avengers is slated for release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on September 4. The game will feature Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and Kamala Khan as the primary playable characters at launch, with Hawkeye and Spider-Man joining the roster at a later date.
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