gazillion

Studio known primarily for Marvel Heroes.

Marvel Heroes quietly dishes out compensation for December whoopsie

This one is going to take a little explaining. Apparently, last December someone made a mistake on Gazillion's side where Marvel Heroes players ended up getting extra stash tabs (and then couldn't use them). The players were told to delete the mistakenly awarded tabs and that they would be compensated for the flub.

Without advance notice, that compensation snuck into the game today. Players logged in to find that some of them had 600 or even 1,200 eternity splinters waiting for them as a bonus reward. Some of the affected players, however, only received 200 ES so far. Confusion ensued until a player huddle sorted out what happened.

Gazillion took to Reddit ito comment on the compensation. "So the total amount players will receive if they should receive compensation is 1,200 ES. Players who logged in on X-Mas Day and received the stash item qualifies. Thanks for your patience guys."

Source: Official forums #1, #2, Reddit. Thanks Kalamari and Rain!

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The Stream Team: A look at Logan in Marvel Heroes

Considering that Wolverine is one of her all-time favorite Marvel characters Massively OP's MJ was surprised to realize she hadn't played him yet in Marvel Heroes.  That's about to change: In honor of the release of the movie Logan, she will be playing the hero dressed in the new Old Man Logan costume.  With the 50% more event XP, just how high can she level Wolverine in Midtown madness? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to place your bets! (No, there won't be any actual wagers.)

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 13th, 2017

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Marvel Heroes takes servers offline for database fix

Hope you didn't loot anything extra special yesterday in Marvel Heroes because there's a chance that you may have lost it.

Apparently there were some server-side issues with Marvel Heroes' database yesterday that resulted in the game being taken offline for a few hours to be fixed. While Gazillion isn't saying much about the issue, players reported that they had problems logging into their characters and getting disconnected prior to it.

There seems to be mixed reports of rollbacks following the server's restoration, so chances are that your progress is OK, but you'll probably want to log in to check just to be sure.

Source: Official forums. Thanks Starbuck1771!

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Marvel Heroes changes infinity system to be more flexible

Round robin dispersal is out -- and gem mastery is in.

Thus sayeth Gazillion in response to player feedback over Marvel Heroes' revised infinity system. Players apparently were not too pleased over the "enforced" diversity of the character growth feature, and so the devs have removed the round robin method in favor of a gem mastery system. With this, players can spend their points however they wish, but as there are additional bonuses if you invest heavily in a category, there is some incentive to pool points rather than spread them too thin.

"Gem mastery is a system which provides your hero additional benefits in exchange for spending a certain amount of points in a specific gem page," Gazillion explained. "These bonuses occur at 50 points spent, at 100 points spent, and at 150 points spent -- meaning players with 900 or more points can achieve all three tiers of mastery for all six gem pages should they choose to."

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The Stream Team: Be Black Bolt with a free Marvel Heroes code

Massively OP's MJ can't help it -- she just can't resist checking out the new heroes that arrive in Marvel Heroes. And this one really piques her interest: Black Bolt. You see, the King of the Inhumans can't speak without unleashing destruction. So how will he play? What skills will he have? And how will he be voiced? After a few Midtown Madness levels she'll find out! Of course, MJ also loves to give away codes, and she just happens to have a few of Black Bolt codes to give away. So join us live at 9:00 p.m. for your chance to win the newest addition to the hero roster.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 27th, 2017

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Marvel Heroes has totally overhauled summoners

As part of Marvel Heroes' Black Bolt patch last night, Gazillion made a number of major changes to the summoner characters. Previously, Gaz says, summoners were forced to choose between gear that improved their summons or gear that improved themselves, and folks who didn't scour the forums might not even be aware of which one was which thanks to unclear tooltips in-game. "It [was] nigh impossible to tread the middle ground and remain 'optimized,'" the team says.

But as of the patch, summons benefit from far more offensive stats and damage bonuses, and there's a new summon damage rating that replaces the old affixes.

"With this change, every single hero summon power has had its damage, health, duration, and cooldown reviewed and modified. Players will probably notice the tooltip damage numbers have decreased slightly, but this is expected. Since pets can now deal vastly more damage when critically hitting and brutally striking, all while attacking faster, it makes sense that their base damage values might be slightly lower than before."

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Black Bolt leaps into Marvel Heroes

Maybe you missed it, but Marvel is no longer going to be making an Inhumans movie. Instead, it's decided to adapt the comic series into a TV show for this fall on ABC that will also have a two-hour IMAX premiere. With that in mind, it seems understandable why Marvel Heroes would want to get Black Bolt into the game.

With today's update, the leader of the Inhumans joins the roster as the 61st playable hero. "Having experienced terrigenesis before he was born, Blackagar Boltagon was granted frighteningly destructive powers," said the introduction. "Though he justly serves the people of Attilan through the wise words his council, he chooses his own words to protect Attilan from those who would put the Inhumans in danger."

In addition to Black Bolt, Marvel Heroes has made some improvements to hero animations and power speed, upgraded three of the game's story chapters, and pushed through the major summoning changes that have been in the works for a while now. You'll also now only need to go to your hero roster to unlock new heroes and team-ups with eternity splinters, as Adam Warlock has been retired from this duty.

Source: Marvel Heroes, patch notes

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The Stream Team: A midday Marvel Heroes in Midtown

It's been much too long since Massively OP's MJ has enjoyed a nice leisurely afternoon stroll through Marvel Heroes. Of course, there isn't any actually strolling when it comes to Midtown Madness; no, it's all about the travel powers and racing from boss to boss to get all the XP and loot! Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. and help MJ decide which hero to level up today.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 13th, 2017

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Marvel Heroes makes big changes to summoner builds

Pets and pet classes are one of the strengths of Marvel Heroes, as the superhero game has scads of characters that can summon and control minions, from Emma Frost to Squirrel Girl to Doctor Doom. These archetypes have been struggling with the fallout of the 2.0 update, but Gazillion said that it is currently testing out some major changes that could help these player pocket armies.

On the forums, the studio posted a list of summoner changes, saying, "Essentially, in this upcoming patch we will be changing all summoners to scale off normal damage stats rather than summoned ally damage bonuses."

It seems as though this move is to allow pet-using superheroes a lot more flexibility in their gear choices and loadouts. The new changes are on the test center, and Gazillion is asking for summoners to give them a try and keep an eye out for bugs.

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Massively OP's guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse

Ready for sappy questlines, particle effects that look like hearts, and lots -- and I do mean lots -- of pink? Valentine's day has arrived in the real world and many of the pretend worlds inside MMORPGs (for some reason). And who are we to fuss when the events are all about candy and cheap romance? Nobody, that's who. Read on for our guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse!

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The Stream Team: A Marvel Heroes Beast breakdance-athon and giveaway

Massively OP's MJ had so much fun with Beast in Marvel Heroes that all her friends have gotten one, and a breakdance challenge has been issued. MJ is hoping you will join in! Don't worry if you don't have beast yet: She has a couple of keys to give away that include the hero, a second costume, and a dedicated stash tab. (You'll need that tab for all the loot you will gather in Midtown!) Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for your chance to get and then get down with the fuzzy blue brainiac.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 13th, 2017

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PSA: Make sure you submit character feedback in Marvel Heroes by tomorrow

In case you're among the players still unimpressed or even downright unhappy with Marvel Heroes' biggest patch ever -- now a few weeks distant -- you should probably be aware that Gazillion is continuing to collect feedback on specific endgame heroes.

Players have until February 15th to head to the feedback collection forms and rate those characters they've gotten to 60. Ticked off about your character's movement speed? Make yourself heard. Annoyed about pet class hotbar buttons? Now is the time.

"The survey feedback will go directly to our design team as they continue to implement feedback and fix bugs," says the studio.

Massively OP conducted an interview with Gazillion following the controversial patch, and we're hoping to have that back and out to you sooner rather than later.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 103: Back to Morrowind

We apologize in advance. The news of the return of Bree's most favorite Elder Scrolls setting has jacked up her excitement levels to 11. Be warned that this episode may contain any and all of the following: gleeful giggling, spontaneous singing, half-hour recollections of the old days, readings of player-written poetry, and confetti thrown through your computer speakers.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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