The upcoming Spider-Man DLC for Marvel’s Avengers won’t include story missions like the Kate Bishop, Hawkeye, and Black Panther updates.
Instead of a short campaign of bespoke missions, the story of Avengers Spider-Man: With Great Power is told through audio logs and illustrated cutscenes, unlocked by completing challenges added to the regular multiplayer missions of the Avengers Initiative. Overcoming these challenges gradually unfolds a plot in which Spider-Man discovers AIM’s new plan to upgrade his Synthoid army.
Speaking to IGN, Philippe Therien, Avengers Gameplay Director, explained why Crystal Dynamics chose this direction. “We want to put our efforts into content that everyone can enjoy, so we decided to put a lot of our energy into the Klaw raid that is happening at the same time,” he said.
“Really, this is an easy decision for us. Spider-Man can play all of the content, but then we’ll post content that is good on all platforms. It was really a decision that was made from the start, ”he concluded.
Since the Spider-Man DLC does not contain its own story missions, it will not be branded like the previous character DLC. Crystal Dynamics calls it a hero event. Kate Bishop and Hawkeye’s DLC, which featured animated cutscenes and story missions in the engine, became known as Operations. The more extensive additions to Black Panther in War for Wakanda have been branded as an expansion.
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So a hero event feels more like games like Rainbow Six Siege or League of Legends add a new character. There’s a fair amount of lore and cosmetic content around them, but the new playable content is essentially just the character himself. For more information on that, check out our Avengers Spider-Man DLC Preview which details how to do it Peter Parker feels while playing.
For more Avengers news, check out the cool suits Spider-Man has access to in the DLC, our story of how the President of Square Enix felt about Avengers, and our report on the removal of paid XP boosters from the game.
Matt Purslow is the UK news and entertainment writer for IGN.