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“You don’t have to” play the Avengers game online - “You can have a complete experience”

Crystal Dynamics has spoken about the Avengers game's offline option

So far it looks like the upcoming Avengers game will have an online games mode something akin to The Division 2, Destiny, or Warframe – you’ll team up with friends to tackle missions together online. It’ll also have a story campaign that’s single-player only. Now, it looks like there will be another way to play – developer Crystal Dynamics has confirmed that you’ll be able to tackle the game offline.

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz (via GameSpot) the Tomb Raider studio’s head Scott Amos confirms that the game will be playable offline: “we want somebody to be able to go buy a disc and never have to go online. You don’t have to. You can have a complete experience and have fun”. It’s not clear, however, how this experience might compare to online players’ in the long-run, given that the studio has said it will be delivering ongoing new content to online players as a “narrative-focused” live service game.

Amos discusses this in the interview: “there’s all this cool new stuff that’s coming, all these new heroes, you have to go online for that stuff. That’s how it’s going to work.” He adds “we want people to be able to play together and go on this journey, but we also want to say if you want to over-invest in your characters and customise them, you’ve got it”, touching upon the topic of microtransactions for some cosmetic items in the game.

It looks like offline-only players could miss out on these new heroes and other goodies, then – however, given what we’ve seen of the game so far, it looks like the release version will hold plenty to get excited about. Each hero will have their own unique skills and gear, cool cinematic and brawler aspects, and will even feature the much-beloved voices of Nolan North and Troy Baker.

Perhaps taking on the big baddies of the Marvel universe without an online crew behind you sounds just like your kind of challenge. And you’ll probably get your first pick of the heroes, which has to be a plus, right?

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If you’re keen to get stuck into some baddie-bashing Avengers-style, online or offline, you’ll have a bit of a wait yet – it’s due to release on May 15, 2020. Get ready to Assemble – online or offline, it’s your choice.