It’s been said that if a studio can lure a player into making an initial purchase online through its game store, then the chances of that player spending more in the future rise significantly.
So this is undoubtedly the hope of Marvel Heroes, which is attempting to convince Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players to drop some cash on the store in exchange for “VIP account status.” Basically this means that once a player buys something, anything, he or she will unlock Nightcrawler as a hero and receive several permanent benefits such as 5% bonus XP, 5% bonus credits, 10 extra stash slots, a free lockbox, and five eternity splinters every day.
Get the full scoop after the jump!
What have you done, Marvel Heroes
? What have you done? Oh sure, it’s understandable that you’d want to get a new playable character to PC players, especially in a year where that crowd might be feeling a little left out with all of your attention on the console version. But did you have to unleash a shape-shifting, remorseless serial killer? That seems a little extreme.
It’s with a heavy heart that we must let you know that, yes, Carnage is now available as a character in Marvel Heroes’ roster. The alien symbiote joins the cast as the game’s 63rd superhero due to his supposed reformation.
“Inverted by the events of Axis, Carnage appears to be acting heroic…kind of,” the team said. “Still prone to his violent tendencies, Carnage now fights on the side of the heroes, hacking up any bad guys who cross his path.”
Take a peek at this playable “hero” after the break!
We’ve certainly remarked several times on Massively OP how much like an MMO Master X Master is, even though it firmly checks the “MOBA” box on its census form. With so much similarity and bleedover between the gameplay genres, is there something that MMOs can learn from this title?
Occasional Hero seems to think so and has pulled out three lessons from his experience, including altaholic pride: “As someone who loves playing an army of alts rather than a single character, I really like the idea of a game with a whole bunch of characters that I can switch between as I feel like it. It’s one of the reasons why I love Marvel Heroes so much, despite the fact that the gameplay revolves around doing the same content over and over. And the reason why playing a bunch of different characters/classes is fun in a game like Marvel Heroes or Master X Master is that they each have a unique gimmick.”
Join us for more interesting MMO discussions from gaming blogs after the break, including a strange revival for EverQuest Online Adventures, a new way to experience World of Warcraft, and first steps into Secret World Legends!
In our newsroom, I had this article listed as just “Marvel Carnage,” and I suspect that led other writers to avoid it — what drama could it possibly be now? But in fact, this is the good kind of Carnage — the playable kind.
“Carnage is coming to PC soon,” the Marvel Heroes team has announced. “Pre-order him today, and get 10% off his Hero Pack! His Hero Pack includes both his first costumes (Carnage Classic [Default Costume] and Carnage Spider-Carnage (ENHANCED) at a discount!”
“Homicidal maniac Cletus Kasady was serving out his life sentence in prison when a new cellmate moved in, Eddie Brock aka Venom. In the midst of a jailbreak, the Venom symbiote spawned an offspring that bonded to Cletus, creating a symbiote that was stronger and deadlier than either Spider-Man or Venom. Known for cutting brutal and bloody swaths throughout the country he has more than earned the name: Carnage! Inverted by the events of Axis, Carnage appears to be acting heroic… kind of. Still prone to his violent tendencies, Carnage now fights on the side of the heroes, hacking up any bad guys who cross his path.”
Say, what’s that enormous download chugging up your Steam? Oh no biggie, just Marvel Heroes again… Marvel Heroes Omega, that is. Yes, it’s July 2017, and Marvel Heroes’ PC version has finally shed its 2016 name and joined the consoles!
Well, in name, anyway.
“Starting today July 7, 2017, Marvel Heroes 2016 (the PC version) becomes Marvel Heroes Omega to better align with the recently released Xbox One and PlayStation 4 console releases,” Gazillion wrote on its forums. “Having the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One games under one brand prevents confusion and moves toward releasing future updates that are more in-tune with one another. Like many successful cross-platform free-to-play titles, it is our intent that the PC version of Marvel Heroes Omega remains the lead product.”
So don’t get too excited; the PC hasn’t actually received the actual Omega content yet, and today’s patch is chiefly bug fixes. New costumes for consoles, though!
With the Spider-Man Homecoming movie releasing this week, Marvel Heroes
has introduced a new terminal: Daily Bugle. Massively OP’s MJ is going to go check it out, but not as Spider-Man. Instead, she going to join a group as The Fantastic Four to mourn the loss of those characters
from the game’s store. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as she flaunts the Fantastic Four with abandon!
What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 3rd, 2017
is officially out on all the things today with the formal launch of Marvel Heroes Omega
on Xbox One, which itself follows the launch of the game on PlayStation 4. Next month, Gazillion is launching open beta on toasters. Not really, but I’d probably play that too.
“With thousands of hours of character progression, over 100 costumes, and an ever-growing roster of playable heroes and rewards, Marvel Heroes Omega comes packed with tons of replay value and a steady stream of new challenges coming in regular updates, says Gaz, though don’t forget about the recent Fantastic Four license kerfuffle.
Check out the launch trailer and stay tuned for a fun stream from MJ and the MOPpets on Monday!
Something bizarre and decidedly non-fantastic is going on over at Marvel Heroes
made an earth-shattering post on the forums yesterday to say that the company was ceasing sales of Fantastic Four heroes
and related costumes as of July 1st due to a new licensing agreement. Players who want to buy them with splinters will have until 5:00 p.m. EDT today to do so.
The licensing restrictions seem mostly concerned with Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, The Thing, Human Torch, and Silver Surfer, but not Doctor Doom. Many Fantastic Four costumes will be pulled from sale as well, including some for other characters such as Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, and Doctor Doom. Players who have these characters will still be able to play them following the 1st, and they will reportedly still be supported with balance tweaks and so on.
As Fox has owned the movie rights to Fantastic Four for a while now, it stands to reason that the removal of the playable characters and their reduced presence elsewhere in the game is a result of a conflict between Marvel Studios and Fox Studios.
The post and related forum thread has since been yanked for unknown reasons along with a redacted blog post about Xbox One Founders Packs. It hasn’t stopped players from lamenting the oncoming (Sue) storm. You can read the full deleted post below:
If you’re playing Marvel Heroes
on console and were hoping for a change in how the game handles lockboxes and individual costumes, the good news is that a change is
coming. The bad news, though, is what sort
of change is coming. On June 30th, all individual costumes for characters will no longer be available for purchase
; instead, they’ll all be part of a rotating set of costumes available within lockboxes, with a chunk of boxes being awarded automatically at certain leveling milestones.
Players are not particularly happy about this change as a whole, since it addresses the problem of “some costumes are only available by random chance” by making all costumes random. A developer response assures players that there will be other means to acquire lockboxes through gameplay, but that doesn’t address the central complaint about removing any control over costume rewards. The developers have also stated that the previous a la carte model simply wasn’t sustainable in the longer term, but that alone is unlikely to mollify players.
It’s the final week of the big Marvel Heroes
anniversary celebration, and that means all of the events are turned on! Of course, that
means that Massively OP’s MJ has to dive in and collect as much cake as possible to get all the goodies. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to join in the festivities.
What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 26th, 2017
After some ups and downs this afternoon — everybody loves the “try again later” message, right? — Valve’s summer Steam sale is finally underway and stable. Here’s what we’re looking at in our corner of the gaming world.
Phoenix Labs’ not-Monster Hunter monster-hunting game Dauntless is obviously standing in a big shadow after E3 2017. I wasn’t yet fully aware of what Monster Hunter World was doing, but I’ve seen solid games lose to their larger rivals who are slower to innovate in the past. Capcom, while constantly disappointing Mega Man fans, is generally quite good with its co-op hunting series. RaiderZ, a Perfect World published not-MH game that also tackled the monster hunter genre, made minor changes to the formula and came as an actual MMO but still shut down. Though the Phoenix Labs guys weren’t aware of RaiderZ‘s failure, they seemed barely fazed by Capcom’s announcement, and maybe they’re right. Surprisingly, they’ve innovated a few things Capcom itself is doing while also adding a few things Capcom isn’t.
Here’s an interesting good news/bad news situation for Marvel Heroes Omega
console players. Gazillion
announced that it is permanently cutting the prices in half
for both starter inventory and starter storage upgrades on its console versions.
Sounds pretty great, right? The only problem is that if players had already paid full price for these upgrades, they won’t be refunded the difference. The studio was quick to confirm that this was indeed the case: “Sorry but we are not issuing refunds or price protection at this time.”
Marvel Heroes Omega is scheduled to launch on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 30th.