Marvel's Avengers First DLC Character Kate Bishop Delayed

Marvel’s Avengers is slated to get a growing roster of heroes, but the start of that expansion has been pushed back a bit. The first new character, Kate Bishop aka Hawkeye, will no longer be coming this month.

Crystal Dynamics announced the delay in a blog post detailing various changes to its roadmap. It refers to this as a “slight delay,” but didn’t give a new release target for the new character.

“Moving forward, we intend to have a fixed, predictable patching cycle to ensure all new content meets both our and your high standards and has time for extensive internal testing,” the post reads. “We know fans are hungry for new content, but delivering a fun experience is our priority. With this in mind, we’ve decided to push Kate Bishop’s Operation launch back a bit, out of October. We’re sorry for this slight delay, but we are dedicated as a team to quality first.”

Kate Bishop’s operation was to be the first of a two-part Hawkeye storyline that would then add Clint Barton in November. The blog didn’t give word as to whether this would also impact the release of Barton as its second character, but the post implies that both will still be out before 2021. The studio promises next year will bring the biggest expansion yet, with a new hero, region, and narrative arc.

The blog also announced delays to the next-gen versions of the game, which are being pushed into 2021. The current-gen version will still run better on PS5 and Xbox Series X and Series S, with higher frame rates and faster load times. As a make-good to fans, the game will offer a package of 1500 credits, 7000 units, 250 upgrade modules, and 20 DNA keys, plus a Sarah Garza-inspired nameplate. You can claim that reward starting October 22.

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