To try and prevent players holding off on purchases, Square Enix is offering free upgrades to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X for everyone who picks up Marvel’s Avengers on current-gen consoles.
The trouble with releasing a game right at the end of a console generation is that players are, rightly, reluctant to take the plunge. Look at what happened with The Last of Us on the PlayStation 3. It was one of the flagship games for the console and released in its dotage, then was spiffed up and resold again – at full price, no less – as The Last of Us Remastered on PlayStation 4.
And with so many games facing delays that put them right in the firing line for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – including Watch Dogs Legion, Cyberpunk 2077, and Marvel’s Avengers – it’ll put players off purchasing them on the current-gen consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
In order to get around that, publishers have been offering free upgrades. That means players who bought games like Cyberpunk 2077 on the current generation of consoles will get a free upgrade when they choose to splash out on a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. No double-dipping required. No more having to choose between fear of missing out and fear of getting ripped off.
The latest publisher to make that promise is Square Enix: Marvel’s Avengers will receive a free upgrade to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, for every player who buys it on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One respectively.
Additionally, Marvel’s Avengers – which will feature a large online co-op element – will be both cross-platform and cross-generation. That means PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will be able to play with their richer friends on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, as well as those playing on PC.
Oh. And Stadia. Is anybody still using that?