Marvel Heroes’ update silence has stretched to four weeks; here are the latest developments

I’m afraid we still can’t say that Marvel Heroes is going to be OK, as we’ve now gone an entire month since the last formal update from the team.

As we’ve previously covered, Gazillion hasn’t provided its regular Friday update since October 13th; social media accounts have lain dormant, Halloween was bungled, negative Steam reviews flood in, the PC playerbase has shrunk to its smallest size in four and a half years, the Thor Ragnarok promotion never happened, two community reps for the studio departed, and accusations from former studio employees have surfaced in regard to “inappropriate conduct” toward female employees on the part of current CEO Dave Dohrmann, whose removal from the studio is now the goal of some activist players.

While Gazillion issued us a statement claiming “the company is functioning normally” (when anyone who ever played can tell you it’s not), it downplayed the standing allegations as “unsubstantiated internet accusations.” The studio also refused to answer direct questions about the company’s leadership, communication plans, and missed updates. All the company said last week was that it had no news and would update everyone when it could. Reportedly, a studio rep reiterated that statement this past weekend and told in-person visitors to stay away from the company HQ (thread now deleted).

Here’s what is new:

Redditors are circulating a leak from a PC test server whose current branch includes the costume closet, Omega items, tagging system, placeholders for Odinson and Spider-Woman, Gladiator Thor, and the ton of Thor content that had been posted to and removed from the console blogs a few weeks ago. It is unclear whether any of that content will ever actually launch in the game.

Morale among Reddit PC players is lower than low.

And former Creative Director Jeff “Doomsaw” Donais – the developer, you’ll recall, who lodged the most direct and public accusations against Dohrmann – has apparently returned to the official forums. “No Mods Around – I’m The Captain Now” is the title of his latest post, though he’s also seemingly attempting to drum up positivity for worthy studio members and keep the playerbase from freaking out, though it may be too late for that.

With thanks to TJ.
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Joshua Jericho

Breaking news: The remaining community manager AgentPilot JUST showed up and has started actually moderating the forums by posting another “no news yet hang tight” comment while also closing out a ton of the rampant forum threads.

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Joshua Jericho

There is a lot more shady stuff going on in-between too the last week that they’re hiding. Here’s a short list from what I remember:

  • Someone on the forums posted a picture of the studio’s nameplate from their office without any address or anything and the thread was deleted and the person banned.
  • Asros, one of the most vocal members of the dev team before, has been posting messages and retweets about game developers receiving death threats on his personal twitter all day today. (twitter.com/asros)
  • In the Doomsaw post about sharing the love, another former staff member PsiLocke commented a long healthy post about the people at Gaz staff he loved working with. It got deleted at first, then brought back after people on the forums called out about the delete… but now both Doomsaw and PsiLocke have been de-modded from their retirement modding ranks.
  • From an outside point of view, when you add that to the comment made just before the silence about threats on the staff being taken very seriously and the CEO locking his twitter it’s starting to look like the silence may be in response to some fans who have made threats to Gaz employees which sucks. It sucks for Gaz but it also sucks for the people like me who love the game and just want some updates from time to time.

    Obviously I have no proof just an educated guess.

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    Sorenthaz

    I don’t even get why or how this game fell apart so badly.

    Like this gif accurately describes me right now:

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    Everything was on the up and up for them two years ago. I remember having fun with the game and they were adding lots of new stuff at a regular pace… now this? Lol.

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    Sray

    It’s the darkest timeline!

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    mysecretid

    Love(d) this game, but when they pointed all their love toward the console versions, I lost interest, eventually, in playing it on Steam, as the PC version began to feel more and more like playing a game in maintenance mode.

    I hope they turn things around and sort things out. There’s a really fun game there, at core, thanks to David Brevik et al. It’s more than slightly appalling to think that Gazillion has blown it to this degree already.

    My opinions only. Yours may vary.

    Cheers,

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    Utakata

    “While Gazillion issued us a statement claiming ‘the company is functioning normally’…”

    Welp…if that’s the new normal, then I guess it’s functioning as intended. /sigh

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    Dug From The Earth

    Game needs to shut down, so Marvel can focus on the next, better, super hero game.

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    NeoWolf

    It won’t be an issue if they keep this up as Marvel will end the license agreement for failing to meet the terms and conditions. I.e doing fu** all with it.

    Nick Martin
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    Nick Martin

    What, like let EA take it on like they did with Star Wars? Cause I can imagine Marvel Lockbox Heroes 2018…

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    Dug From The Earth

    No, like what Folger’s did to instant, home made coffee.

    In all seriousness… the EA fiasco isnt related to this, or Marvel. Marvel could go down that road, any company could… but no reason to speculate or give in to paranoia.

    Marvel Heroes has been a big roadblock for marvel really working on any other big marvel super oriented PC games, because they didnt want to split the focus of the player base and such.

    MH had its day, its time for the next thing to step in… hopefully avoiding falling into the lockbox trap.

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    Alex Hyer

    Say goodbye to the X-Men if you let this game go.

    Marvel won’t put them in any new video games.

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    Dug From The Earth

    latest news in the past week, Marvel has actually been in talks with Fox, trying to buy the rights back… its like the 2nd or 3rd attempt so far… I imagine its only a matter of time before they are back in Marvels hands.

    Another mediocre xmen film may possibly push the deal through when Fox realizes that the large sum of money being offered is more than they could possibly hope to make from 5 new xmen films together.

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    Michael

    The X-Men franchise includes Deadpool and Logan which both did phenomenally well. The likelihood that Fox would give up the X-Men as a result of that is pretty low. Especially, also in part due to Legion on FX and The Gifted on Fox doing well. The only way this will happen is if, as the poster below stated, Disney buys 21st Century Fox.

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    Sray

    Actually, the talks have apparently been to purchase Fox itself; or rather, the film and entertainment oriented television properties (News Corporation would continue owning Fox News and Fox Sports). It would be a win-win for Disney in regards to the Marvel property as they’d get control of the X-men back and gain an outlet to continue to have R-rated films like Logan and Deadpool.

    Mewmew
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    Mewmew

    The PC “Biggest Update Ever” really killed the game for a lot of us. It simply wasn’t nearly as fun anymore. Systems were dumbed down, others were changed in a way where they were more annoying and less accessable, characters got changed and our favorites had some bad changes. They did some odd inconsistent things with character power changes that made no sense.

    The game also had some areas that used to be these huge nice open go anywhere areas that turned into these narrow corridoors of areas on rails.

    We all knew these were changes coming because a console version was coming and they wanted to make the two versions converge. They wouldn’t admit it, but everybody knew it. Eventually of course they had to admit it when the console version got here and everybody’s fears were confirmed. Our PC game got destroyed in order to match it up to the console release.

    Funny enough the “BUE” reminded me of stories I heard about “NGE” (New Game Enhancements) for Star Wars Galaxies, only our game was getting destroyed because of the console version that was coming. Still the whole update reminded me of articles I read about NGE. BUE was Marvel Heroes NGE.

    I don’t think the PC game will recover now. I’m not sure, but I don’t think so. They lost most of us already and it would be hard to get us back – especially if the game stays on it’s current path of matching it up to the dumbed down console version.

    I really liked the game but now I’d love to see someone else make a new game based on the license instead. I love the Diablo like action RPG style and all but they’ve screwed this game up so much I don’t think there’s any fixing it unless they made some drastic changes and back tracking for the PC game which I don’t see them doing. And now the company is in disarray as well.

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    Michael

    The movement system killed it for me. Multiple years of really fast movement only to be hamstrung by small dashes aka Diablo 3. MH was all about the fast pace of zipping through areas and killing super villains for me. Not slowly working my way through hordes of thugs with baseball bats.

    Aelzen
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    Aelzen

    Chiming in here. The BUE was what made me quit. Total mess.

    kalamari_
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    kalamari_

    around 1200 days logged in. I am sad AF… :(

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    mysecretid

    “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” has been such a truism that it’s now a cliché, and yet companies continue to ignore it.

    They dreamed the dream of console profits, and decided that they needed to simplify the game for consoles, rather than adapt the existing, popular game as best they could.

    In reaching for new money, they dropped the money they were holding. Same old greed story, I fear.

    My opinions, anyway.

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    Suikoden

    Wow, what a shame.

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    Bryan Correll

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    CMDR Crow

    I wonder if this is linked, perhaps, to Disney’s re-configuration of their various IPs and the rumored negotiation with FOX to bring all the marvel stuffs under a single umbrella. Since MH works off of an older-style licence, they may have some IP/licence issues to work out. It would explain the tight-lipped-ness and seeming halt if somehow the team got a directive to basically not touch any of the IP until it is all sorted out. But really, who knows?

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    life_isnt_just_dank_memes

    The communities of LOTRO and MH deserve better than the treatment they have received. They are great communities.

    I haven’t been playing MH for the last few months but I love that game and will be heartbroken if the game goes dark. I’ll be upset as a customer as well. I’ve spent a lot of time and money on that game because I always felt their cash shop was fair and I love the game.

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    Schlag Sweetleaf

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    Jeremy Barnes

    I’ll take being bought by daybreak on the wheel of misery.

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    Hirku

    Johnny Ringo smells something…

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