Marvel Heroes 2016 delayed until January

Marvel Heroes has something of a tradition of rebranding now, with each new year bringing a new edition of updates and improvements to the game. An extensive set of updates are planned for Marvel Heroes 2016, and it’s all just about done… except it could apparently use a little more time being polished up. Thus, it’s being delayed until January of 2016 instead of its original planned release in December 2015.

Subsequent replies indicate that despite the delay, the Danger Room will still be available this month. No specifics are yet available for the game’s next mega pack, which may or may not be launching alongside the 2016 update.

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dorn2
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A Dad Supreme dorn2 
Yea that is kind of weird.  You can easily say you’re launching a patch but people usually don’t word it that way.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

dorn2 A Dad Supreme It was to get rid of the original reviews for the game.  Everybody knows this.  Some people choose to defend it saying it is a new game – lying to themselves and those around them.

A Dad Supreme
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dorn2 A Dad Supreme But the calling it a ‘launch’ is borderline dishonest to me. 
Along with the ‘renaming’, they are inferring that it’s a brand new game when it’s just… an update, no matter how big/small.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

DugFromTheEarth So no boner. Right?

dorn2
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dorn2

Damonvile 
Danger Room is the gamble they are taking here.  It’s basically Torchlight/PoE random maps.  A better version of D3’s rifts.
I imagine if it doesn’t pan out we’ll see plans for something else to stem the tide.

dorn2
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A Dad Supreme 
The idea is they do a bigger update than normal when they change the name.   They’re the opposite of EvE in that they normally do weekly patches with small changes.  This is just a PR thing for them to catch interest the way EvE does with their named patches really.

The whole 2015-2016 thing seems dumb to me too though.

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

So it launches as “Marvel Heroes”.
This year, they changed the name to “Marvel Heroes 2015”, but it’s the same game.
Next year, they’ll change the name again to “Marvel Heroes 2016”, it’s still the same game, but now they are calling it a ‘launch’?
Does this mean in 2017, it changes it’s name and launches again?

orionite
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SallyBowls1 orionite Bitrip Damonvile I think your business model should acknowledge that  no game lasts forever. Eventually the influx of new people is less than those that quit. That’s just basic product life cycle behavior. . MH is trying to go the Madden/Fifa/etc route and “release” a new version each year, trying to extend the “maturity” phase. This may well work for a while with new heroes, new features, etc. However, I think it is important that the new player experience continues to be updated. You can not base your financial success on just a small (hard) core of players.
I’m not sure we’re in disagreement, actually :)

McGuffn
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Darthbawl Greaterdivinity But Microsoft puts random numbers on its products so Office 2016 is really no different than Windows 10 or the Xboxes.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

orionite Bitrip Damonvile  Being done with a game is fine for games with an appropriate business model. Sell a few billion dollars of FO4, GTA5, Destiney, D3 in the first week is a viable business.  If you have ongoing expenses and people want ongoing development, then ongoing revenue is quite helpful.

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

Armsbend DugFromTheEarth
sim·i·leˈsiməlē/nouna figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g., as brave as a lion, crazy like a fox ).

Armsbend
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Armsbend

DugFromTheEarth but you…ummm…still have a boner?

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Damonvile I just don’t see where they think they might go after they axed the art director.  I understand axing staff when numbers inevitably go down but the art director?  I don’t get it.  For video games they are more important than the founder/ceo.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

I don’t know if they can. Once it goes live on steam there’s no taking it back. It was always a gamble to play that kind of game with the system and to do it again when your ratings are already so good but your player numbers are falling seems like doubling down on a win. Not a smart play.

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

• “Secret Invasion” Story Chapter: Battle alien Skrulls of all shapes and sizes, including the Super-Skrull himself, Kl’rt, who makes his long-awaited, much requested Marvel Heroes debut. 

— Or basically, more short lived content that people will play once, and then never touch again
• Controller Support: One of the community’s most requested features.

— Nice to finally have this, although I wont be using it, mouse clicking for me is just easier.
• Visual Updates: Revamped looks for characters introduced during Marvel Heroes’ 2013 launch window. 

— Or in other words, more costumes and enhanced costumes to spend money on
• Leaderboards: Something new and interesting to do every night. Tournaments and Seasons will grow out of this eventually. 

— Now rather than pointlessly grinding, you can now compete with others to see who does it more!
• Steam Achievements: Players loved the new in-game achievements added to Marvel Heroes 2015 – now, the feature extends to Steam with nearly 100 of them. 

— Simplistic goals for players because the dev team has run out of ideas for real game play incentives.
• Mac Out of Beta: The Mac version has been in beta for over a year now. Not anymore. 

— Yay???
• “All-New All-Different” Material: Keeping things current with what is happening in the greater Marvel landscape to a greater degree than ever, such as the current “All-New All-Different” comics, while still also continuing to honor over 75 years of comic history. 
Meanwhile, other exciting material is planned for the months to follow the December launch: 
• Savage Land Patrol Zone: A never-ending gauntlet of dinosaurs, sadistic mutates and more!
• Thanos Raid: The Mad Titan makes his Marvel Heroes debut.

— “We removed the graphics from our existing areas, and replaced them with new graphics so you can do the same thing you have been doing but psych yourself out into thinking its all new!!!”

• More! Stay tuned for further announcements.

— Or in other words, new advance packs that cost $150

Seriously though, this game is like viagra… its been WAY over 4 hours now, and no one is rushing to the doctor.

Armsbend
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Damonvile I meant more along of:  if the new version has lower reviews that MH 2015 what will Gaz do?  I think they will somehow try to circumvent the system like they did with 2015.

For me, I spent a few bucks, got a few characters to max level with a bit of prestige…the grind was so pointless I couldnt find a reason to play it over the other arpgs.  I’d like to see the Marvel brand go to a better bunch honestly.

Cujo H
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Cujo H

I look forward to controller support and that Savage Land patrol zone.

Darthbawl
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Greaterdivinity Pesky things like years in the product name didn’t stop Microsoft from putting out Office 2016 in 2015. :D

orionite
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orionite

Bitrip Damonvile I respect your opinion, but when I read posts like yours I wonder, what’s wrong with just being “done” with a game? You’ve obviously played a ton, seen everything there is to see. Maybe it’s time to say “That was fun!” and move on. Grim Dawn will be coming out soon, for example. If you’re into more guildy stuff, maybe Devilian.

Bitrip
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Bitrip

Damonvile I love the game but I have stopped playing. I have 45 heroes at max level with one cosmic prestige and almost all the others at least green or blue prestige. It’s just not fun anymore….I have all the uniques and all the artifacts. It’s too easy to get everything. I would probably still play if the zones were larger/interconnected instead of split apart. Despite being an MMO it feels very much like a single player game. Even the “guilds” have little to no use.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

So the 2016 refresh is delayed till…2016? Seems quite appropriate.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

The game is losing players on steam pretty fast. If new heros to grind is all they have planed for 2016 as content i think they’ll be in a lot of trouble.

Darthbawl
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Darthbawl

Their patching system needs a lot of love (read: total overhaul).

Leilonii
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Leilonii

That’s ok, few people really care about this game anyway, let alone know it even exists.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Sorenthaz if the reviews are lower on MH 2016 the game will be called MH 2015.  They are probably accessing how people will react now before they change the name again.  Nuff’ Said!

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

Good, i hope that means they have finally learned that lesson though it has taken a while.
While most of the time Gazillion release pretty good patches and updates they have on a few occasions over the past year pushed some out sooner than they perhaps should have.  Always better to release stuff when its ready and it working rather than to push things out just to get them out and have fix them later.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

So Marvel Heroes 2016 is actually going to apply to 2016 instead of 2015?

Madda
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Madda

Remember that time when Spider-Man turned into a huge giant spider and gave birth to himself?

Ceimash
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Ceimash

Translation: We broke something. We’re trying to fix it.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Well technically January is 2016 – and by technically I mean is.

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