It's a sad day to be a Marvel fan. Launched in 2013, it appears that popular MMO Marvel Heroes is soon to close its doors. It's been a tremendous game, introducing over 100 different Marvel characters, and with a range of entertaining superhero team-ups. Unfortunately, it seems Disney's partnership with Gazillion is coming to an end, and as a result Marvel Heroes will be shut down.
The Sad Fate Of 'Marvel Heroes'
We haven't yet had an official statement from Marvel themselves, but a representative has told Kotaku the bad news:
"We regret to inform our Marvel Heroes fans that we have ended our relationship with Gazillion Entertainment, and that the Marvel Heroes games will be shut down. We would like to sincerely thank the players who joined the Marvel Heroes community, and will provide any further updates as they become available."
It's devastating news for fans of the wide-ranging MMO, which has earned a strong fan following over the years. The game was rolled out to consoles earlier this year, but since then fans have noticed content was slowing down.
According to Massively OP, the regular Friday updates stopped in early October, while major planned events never rolled out. Perhaps the most dramatic of these was the scheduled Thor: Ragnarok event, timed to coincide with the film's theatrical release. Movie tie-ins like these are big business for the Marvel games, and fans became increasingly concerned and frustrated.
Kotaku reached out to contacts in the company, and confirmed that a number of staff had actually been told not to turn up to work this week. One employee observed that he'd been continuing to develop content, but had been unsure whether or not it would be released. Speaking of the frustrated fan community, he noted:
"While they’re sitting there reasonably flaming us, our hands are tied."
Ryan Collins, former Community Manager and Creative Designer for the game, expressed his sorrow on Twitter.
The reality is, they created one of the most entertaining and immersive Marvel games to date, one that featured a vast cast, fun powersets, and entertaining missions. As Collins noted, they made "the best damn Marvel game [they] could," and it was truly appreciated by the fans. We'll be sorry to see this game go.