Marvel's Avengers: first post-launch hero is still Hawkeye, just not THAT Hawkeye

By Heidi Nicholas,
The third War Table stream started with a tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, with developers Crystal Dynamics saying they had altered what they would show in the stream "out of respect for a fallen true hero." Towards the end of the stream, Crystal Dynamics offered a more in-depth look at post-launch content for Marvel's Avengers, and revealed Hawkeye's protege, Kate Bishop, as the first free post-launch hero to join the Avengers roster.

Hawkeye was himself revealed in the last War Table stream, which gave the impression he'd be the first post-launch hero. However, Crystal Dynamics has now confirmed we'll get Kate first: and from the sound of things, she'll be the one to bring the original Hawkeye back to the fold. The game's major post-launch content drops are called Operations, and Operation Marvel's Avengers: Kate Bishop continues the story from the end of the Reassemble campaign. Kate tells us that Hawkeye went missing during their mission to find Nick Fury, and it looks as though we'll be helping her to track him down. She'll have her own skills and gear to unlock, and her story will also introduce a new villain.

There's a lot of different mission types in Marvel's Avengers, and Crystal Dynamics went over a few of these in more detail. Villain Sectors let you relive "epic showdowns" in boss fights, while Shield Vaults, set up by Nick Fury, provide access to gear and resources. The game will also feature events, either seasonal or taking place over a week, during which you can access new locations and unlock limited-time gear and cosmetics. After launch, you'll also be able to access the Shield Substation Zero social space, to help Commander Maria Hill investigate temporal anomalies called "Tachyon Rifts." Lastly, there's AIM Secret Labs and Mega Hives: late-game content only available to high-level experienced heroes. The Lab and its boss fight will be available once a week for co-op team gameplay, and has to be completed within a limited time. The Mega Hive will be available for solo players, and sees you fight your way through descending floors with more and more enemies pouring in on all sides. Each time a hero is defeated, another from your roster will join. If all your heroes are defeated, you have to start again from the top.

The devs also shared some stats from the recent beta: over six million players tried out the game, with over 27 million hours in total spent in the beta. 389 million enemies were defeated in that time, with 22 million Hulkbusters summoned. Did you try out the beta? Will you be playing at launch? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!