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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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.

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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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DugFromTheEarth So no boner. Right?

dorn2
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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.

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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.

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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?

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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 :)

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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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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.