Gazillion to sunset Marvel Super Hero Squad Online in January 2017

When I first joined the Massively crew back in 2010, the very first long-form piece I did was on Super Hero Squad Online, a Marvel-themed kiddie game out of this cute rookie studio, The Amazing Society, which was nestled under Gazillion itself. The game was actually pretty good, and I remember thinking it would be a great game to play with my kids if I ever had any.

It did turn out to be a great game to play with my kids. My son loves it. And this week, I'm going to have to tell him it's coming to an end, as Gazillion has announced it's sunsetting SHSO next year.

"The game will be available until January 2017, and there’s likely still plenty of content for you to unlock over hours and hours of gameplay," the devs wrote yesterday. "We are cutting Gold and Fractal prices of all Characters by 20%, so you can try out all of it! All Jr. S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent benefits remain in force, and everything remains available. We will no longer sell Gold, but we are upping the fractal drop rate, so you should be able to unlock and play everything."

In between thank-yous, Gazillion reminds players who've grown up along with the game that Marvel Heroes is indeed alive and thriving. Our condolences to the families who are affected by this sunset.

Source: Official site. Cheers, Se7engames.
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adolan
adolan

My kids and I love this game.  We're not gamers otherwise, but this game has engaged us for years.  We're really sad to see it go.  My kids are now teenagers and still love the game, even with the availability of Marvel Heroes, which has its own merits.  I remain (naively) hopeful that the game will be restored in the future.  I'd pay for it, even if it weren't linked to the rest of the Internet.

Kudos to the team that created and continually recreated this magnificent bit of fun!  You've added to our lives in clever, artful ways.

Jack Pipsam
Jack Pipsam

I suppose at least having a long ahead notice of shutdown is better than "well it's next week folks", a huge shame though.
But from what I understand (which isn't very much admittedly), it seems they haven't really given this game any love in a long time. It's a darn shame, you'd think a Marvel game like this would be all the rage. Then again I suppose this launched before Marvel became a huge mainstream hit like it is now.

Although looking at it, it seems like a proper pre-school/kindergarten game, so if it came out 5 years ago, 5/6 year olds would now be 10/11 and lack any interest in such a game, while if they didn't do any advertising then newer younger kids might not even know about it.
Such is the sad trap of a lot of kids-focused MMOs. Lose their audience quickly and cannot replace it.

RicharddeLeonIII
RicharddeLeonIII

Is it really too much to ask for them to turn this into an offline game so that people can play in the future.

BalsBigBrother
BalsBigBrother

@RicharddeLeonIII it would be nice but I imagine that licensing might be an issue.  Marvel is notoriously tight with what you can do with their ip 

se7engames
se7engames

Fun game guys :(  Sad to see it go. I have logged in countless hours with my kids playing. I've got every character except the last 2 (that just came out) unlocked and almost all of them to lvl 20. I'm going to get the last 2 and enjoy my time in the game while it's still going.


Maybe the re-do of Marvel Heroes will make it less complicated so that my kids can play? They should be old enough now to handle that game.

BalsBigBrother
BalsBigBrother

I seem to remember Larry (I think) streaming this on Massively of old a few times with his kids.  Was really nice to see both of them having fun with the game and I remember thinking its really great that we have games like this around. 

Well sadly it seems that won't be the case anymore so my best to all those folks who will lose something they enjoy.

sray155
sray155

This blows. I was about to introduce my nephews to this game.