Marvel Heroes Comes to a Quiet End

Gazillion's Marvel-based MMORPG meets its doom. (No, really, it's dead.)

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Another MMORPG bites the dust today and this one hurts. Marvel has severed ties with Gazillion Entertainment, which means that Marvel Heroes is officially no more.

"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," reads the email from Marvel (via Kotaku). "We would like to sincerely thank the players who joined the Marvel Heroes community, and will provide any further updates as they become available."

Marvel Heroes first launched in 2013 as a free-to-play MMORPG on PC. It released to mostly positive reviews, coming across as a dungeon crawler in the vein of Diablo, which wasn't entirely a surprise given Blizzard North legend David Brevik's involvement. The game released on console as Marvel Heroes Omega less than six months ago. The console version's sudden cancellation is particuarly outrageous, given that new Heroes were being released and tied to $20 microtransaction packs as recently as October.

According to the Kotaku report, Marvel Heroes had missed some key dates in the past month, coinciding to when all forum and social media activity suddenly went silent. A major red flag was the release of "Thor: Ragnarok" coming and going with zero tie-in content from Marvel Heroes, given that the game had never missed a single tie-in opportunity in the past.

This is definitely not the first time Disney's icy cold grip of death has descended on one of its ongoing games with a dedicated fanbase. Disney pulled the plug on both of its Avengers Alliance games a little over a year ago, including the sequel that had been out less than six months. There's also the notorious cancellation of Disney Infinity that left thousands of people holding $15 paperweights. At this point, Marvel Contest of Champions players may not want to get too attached.

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    November 15, 2017 1:15 PM

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      November 15, 2017 1:30 PM

      I hate this with a burning passion.

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        November 15, 2017 1:36 PM

        I mean it was no Diablo but it had some good things going for it

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      November 15, 2017 1:42 PM

      i fully expect Marvel to immediately refund me all the money I spent on characters

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        November 15, 2017 10:18 PM

        I also fully expect Stan Lee to visit my house and draw my caricature as reparations

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      November 15, 2017 1:44 PM

      Holy shit

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      November 15, 2017 1:48 PM

      The console version's sudden cancellation is particuarly outrageous, given that new Heroes were being released and tied to $20 microtransaction packs as recently as October.

      wow. I mean... wow.

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        November 15, 2017 1:49 PM

        I’m calling the BBB immediately

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        November 15, 2017 2:02 PM

        the subreddit is already talking about getting refunds on the console version:
        https://www.reddit.com/r/marvelheroes/new/

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        November 15, 2017 2:07 PM

        It's not like they could stop trying to make money while they waited for word from Didney.

        Looks like some of the console people are guaranteed money back up to 30 days.

        How long has the console port been out? 9 months? Woopsy.

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      November 15, 2017 2:05 PM

      So sad. I don't know if the game would have lasted on PC only, but the whole consolization thing was DOOOMED. Such a giant cluster-fubar.

      Oh well, thank you SHACKNEWS for the free give-away loot that got me hooked on that damn game for 2 years.

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      November 15, 2017 2:07 PM

      Wow! I thought that game had quite the following??

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      November 15, 2017 2:09 PM

      This...was an mmo? Wasn't it a diablo clone?

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      November 15, 2017 2:33 PM

      This is really disappointing, it was good fun :(

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      November 15, 2017 10:15 PM

      RIP Marble Herons

      That Dr. Doom image on the twitter link is pretty great, though!

      https://twitter.com/shacknews/status/930909118897864704

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      November 16, 2017 8:59 AM

      This was a game I played at least once a week. Mondays were good for extra loot. After Brevik left, the game went down the toilet. Gazillion pulled a SOE and NGE'd the game. Loyal players left, Marvel saw the design stupidity and pulled the license, the end.