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Massive Marvel’s Avengers patch adds new Outpost, ‘Tachyon Rift’ missions

There are also some choice quality of life improvements

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Ms. Marvel slams an enemy with a huge fist in Marvel’s Avengers Image: Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix

A little over a month after launch, the Marvel’s Avengers content well seemed like it had dried up. But on Wednesday, Crystal Dynamics revealed the 1.3.3 patch, which includes some major quality of life changes and new content for players to dive into. The patch is now live on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will launch later on Windows PC via Steam Wednesday. The new content will be available on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Here’s a look at all the new content and features in Patch 1.3.3.

SHIELD Substation Zero Outpost

Marvel’s Avengers is getting a new Outpost dedicated entirely to SHIELD. The Substation Zero Outpost is the third in the game, and it’s a new command center for Maria Hill and the Avengers to investigate Tachyon Rifts, a new kind of mission.

It’s currently unclear how many new missions and items players can discover in the Substation Zero Outpost. But players will likely pick up new quests here directly from Maria Hill herself.

Tachyon Rifts and “Cosmic Gear”

Tachyon Rifts are a new kind of mission in Patch 1.3.3.

Based on Crystal Dynamics’ description of the mission, it’s not entirely clear what it is. Players will engage in some kind of combat where they’re constantly taking damage. But the rift also provides bonus Heroic energy. The event is timed, and players will need to pass through certain objects to extend the timer. These missions are only for high-level heroes at 140 Power or above. They rotate daily and players can only play them once per day.

For playing Tachyon Rifts, players can get a new caliber of gear called “Cosmic.” It’s currently unclear what Cosmic gear does, or how it’s different from the other gear pieces in the game.

Remote Faction terminals

One of the most annoying aspects of Marvel’s Avengers is the list of chores players need to complete before starting their play session. This includes numerous, long loads into the Avengers Helicarrier and the Ant Hill Outpost to pick up the daily faction missions. The best quality of life feature in Marvel’s Avengers’ latest patch is the Remote Faction terminal, which lets players load into a single Outpost and pick up all the daily missions from one, central location.

Bug and gear fixes

Being the first major patch in a few weeks, 1.3.3 also fixes a number of bugs and offers some major quality of life additions. We’ve collected some of the most noteworthy here.

  • Mega Hives now drop two Exotic items guaranteed, as well as a group of Upgrade Materials.
  • Companions will hold War Zone control points in Vaults and other missions
  • Improved matchmaking
  • Players can preview cosmetic items from vendors
  • The Tactical Awareness vision pulse lasts longer
  • Players can skip challenges for their Hero Challenge Cards
  • Fixed a variety of skins that removed themselves from players’ inventories
  • Exotic gear now drops at an appropriate Power level
  • Exotics are now more powerful

Check out the official patch notes below for a complete breakdown of all the changes.

Here are the official patch notes for Patch 1.3.3 from Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix.

Patch 1.3.3 patch notes

Release timing:

  • PlayStation: 10/14 11:00 AM PDT
  • Xbox: 10/14 11:00 AM PDT
  • Steam: 10/14 3:00 PM PDT
  • Stadia: TBD

Patch 1.3.3 introduces Tachyon Rifts and SHIELD Substation Zero to the Avengers Initiative (starting 10/15) as well as addresses bugs, tuning, and adds several highly requested quality of life and playability improvements across both the Reassemble Campaign and throughout the Avengers Initiative. Below are the highlights of what is addressed in Patch 1.3.3.

Patch highlights

  • Remote faction terminals have been added to outposts, which allow collection of faction assignments and villain sector bounties without the need to visit each faction coordinator in person.
  • Extended pickup radius for reward drops.
  • The ability to preview cosmetic vendor items.
  • Option to scale subtitle/closed caption text size.
  • Closed Captions will no longer be automatically display in cinematics when subtitles are displayed.
  • Movement speed increased in outposts when in Avengers Initiative
  • AI companion improvements, including assistance when player needs to be revived.
  • Improved Mega Hive rewards. They now are guaranteed to give two exclusive exotic gear items and an increased amounts of upgrade modules upon completion.
  • Implemented a fix that will retroactively grant Iron Man’s iconic outfit for players who previously lost it due to a bug.

Patch 1.3.4 is already underway, which will include several quick match fixes and improvements, further reward tuning, and new UI options!

New Content

  • SHIELD Substation Zero Outpost: SHIELD has opened Substation Zero to investigate new temporal anomalies that have begun forming across the world. A space that offers new narrative, characters, and content, you can find SHIELD Substation Zero in the Pacific Northwest on the WAR TABLE.
  • Tachyon Rift Missions: You’ll investigate the temporal anomalies by taking on the new Tachyon Rift missions, which are the first place players can get Cosmic Gear. The Tachyon storm will damage players over time, but charges Heroic energy at an increased rate. With the “Meridian” modifier active, players can pass through Temporal Anomalies to extended the time you can spend within a Tachyon Rift. A late-game offering, Tachyon Rift Missions require 140 Power Level or higher Super Heroes to play. These missions are available once per day and rotate out daily.

Reassemble campaign and Avengers Initiative

  • Addressed multiple causes of “infinite loading screens”.
  • Multiple crash issues resolved.
  • Improvements to save data integrity.
  • Improved reliability of backup saves used immediately after completing the Reassemble Campaign.
  • Fixed issue that would sometimes cause Abomination to become unresponsive in War Zones.
  • Reduced how often trapped Inhumans and SHIELD agents will ask for help.*
  • Companions will now help hold an area in War Zone missions during the code validation phase. Note: They still won’t activate the small code terminals to prevent them from accidentally messing with your progress.
  • Improvements to companion assistance when player needs to be revived.
  • Increased chances of a successful Parry from companions.
  • Fixed an issue where Thor & Iron Man companions would become stuck in hover.
  • Movement speed increased in Outposts when in Avengers Initiative.*
  • Remote faction terminals are now available in Outposts. These devices allow collection of Faction Assignments and Villain Sector bounties without the need to visit each Faction Coordinator in person.*
  • Removed requirement to purchase an item from Chastity McBride when visiting her for the first time.
  • Prevented the majority of cases of enemies getting stuck behind doors during missions. We are actively working to resolve the remaining bug triggers.
  • Fixed an issue with “destroy core” objectives in War Zone missions where players could complete steps out of order, thus halting objective progress.
  • Fixed a bug where the Elite Exo could teleport “out of the world”.

Multiplayers and matchmaking

  • Renamed ‘Launch Mission’ button to ‘Ready Up’ while matchmaking in the Quinjet to make it clearer about the button’s function.*
  • Improved text clarity related to matchmaking options in the Quinjet.
  • Resolved an issue where players were unable to find a Strike Team as Selected Hero via Quick Match after naturally matchmaking for a previous mission.
  • Improved stability after the host has left a match.
  • Disabled pause in Quinjet to prevent loading issues.
  • Fixed a rare bug that caused Heroes to lock when invited directly from a Reassemble Campaign mission to a Strike Team.
  • Fixed an issue where requested companions would not despawn - resulting in duplicate heroes - when a player disconnected.
  • Strike Team integrity is kept intact when Reloading Checkpoint in Hives.

User interface

  • Players can now preview cosmetic vendor items.*
  • Tactical Awareness now stays on longer.*
  • Removed unnecessary shoot and punch tutorials.*
  • Fixed various localization issues in Arabic, Italian, and Polish.
  • Added Accessibility Menu to Settings for easy access to those options.
  • Added option to scale subtitle/closed caption text size.*
  • Closed Captions will no longer be automatically display in cinematics when Subtitles are displayed.*


  • Fixed issue that would cause some players to not be invulnerable immediately after reviving.
  • Fixed rare issue where Black Widow would lose Veil of Shadows buff shortly after triggering.
  • Fixed an issue with Iron Man where Counterfire would not always trigger after evading.
  • Tuning:
  • Improved Captain America’s melee combo flow.
  • Refactored the modifiers Fisticuffs & Torpedo to only buff the player, not enemies.
  • Tuned heroic drain inflicted by SPIN Drones.*
  • Tuned difficulty in “Alone Against AIM” mission.*
  • Tuned defensive effects of blue Overshield on enemies.
  • Tuned Cryo Adaptoid slam attack.*

Gear, challenges, and rewards

  • Implemented a fix that will retroactively grant Iron Man’s iconic outfit for players who previously lost it due to a bug.
  • Fixed issue where Hero Challenge Card rewards were being scaled by difficulty.
  • Re-enabled skipping challenges from the Hero Challenge Card screen.
  • Fixed several issues with the tracking of various hero challenges.
  • Fixed an issue with Thor’s Grip of Fenrir’s Maw, where boosting didn’t properly unlock perk.
  • Extended pickup radius reward drops.*
  • Fixed several issues where deciphering rare patterns at the fabrication machine wouldn’t award a cosmetic item.
  • ‘Fractured’ Hulk skin is now properly unlocked and accessible in the outfits menu when awarded.
  • ‘Unbroken’ Hulk skin should no longer disappear from a player’s inventory after being awarded.
  • Fixed the appearance of both Talisman Artifacts in the Gear Menu.
  • Fixed an issue where one of Kamala’s gear pieces would drop an Iron Man perk.
  • Fixed the artifact perk “Bountiful” so it has a chance to trigger when opening strongboxes in the helicarrier during the Reassemble campaign.
  • Fixed an issue where DNA keys were not deducted from inventory when opening a DNA. strongbox while in Hulkbuster. This also prevents players form losing DNA keys after dying.
  • Reward Tuning:
  • Tuned some Exotic gear to be power level appropriate when earned.
  • Improved Mega Hive Rewards. They now are guaranteed to give two exclusive exotic gear items and an increased amounts of upgrade modules upon completion.*
  • Players will no longer occasionally get Power Level 1 Gear from Elite Hives.
  • Improved Exotic Gear Attributes.*
  • Improved reliability of Norn Stone perks that increased drop chance/added extra rewards to loot tables.


  • Fixed an issue where the “Trying on Perfection” achievement was rewarding “Seeing Stars”.
  • Fixed an instance of the “Best Defense” Achievement not triggering properly.


Note: Since launch, we are continuously making improvements to the game and will keep rolling out these patches. We are also actively working with NVIDIA on specific issues that some users have reported with performance degrading over time. With the latest 1.3.3 patch, we’ve added NVIDIA DLSS, which significantly improves framerate while maintaining high quality visuals for NVIDIA RTX hardware. We’ve also added DLSS support for ultra performance mode and Dynamic Resolution scaling. More information about NVIDIA DLSS can be found here.

  • Added support for Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling technology.
  • Fixed problems with mouse & keyboard sprint, when set to hold to sprint option is enabled.
  • Fix for Thor and Captain America ranged abilities when using toggle to aim.

*updates based on player feedback

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