super hero squad online

Official Site: Super Hero Squad Online
Studio: Gazillion Entertainment
Launch Date: April 29, 2011
Genre: Kid-Friendly Superhero MOARPG
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, Browser

The MMOs we lost in 2016

If you thought we lost a lot of MMOs in 2014 and 2015, wait until you see 2016’s list.

It’s easy to shrug off some of these, like the non-MMORPGs, the games shutting down in far-flung countries, or even Hellgate, which sunsets and revives at least a dozen times a year now.

But others sting. Asheron’s Call, due to sunset in January, is probably the smallest MMORPG on the list, but it casts a mighty shadow over the genre and will be deeply missed by veterans. The cancellations of EverQuest Next and Revival still stings. PlanetSide had a long and storied run, while DUST 514 may yet live again. And our youngins will now miss out on introductory games like Super Hero Squad Online and LEGO Minifigures.

Farewell, old friends.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 87: Rise of Stormblood Rising

As expected, Final Fantasy XIV made its big expansion announcement at Fanfest this past weekend, and the Massively OP Podcast team is here to pick over the surprising details of the reveal. It’s more than just Stormblood, however, as WoW’s 7.1 patch, Daybreak’s mysterious new project, and a sad goodbye to a children’s MMO take up the hour.

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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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.”

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Perfect Ten: Ten well-known voice actors behind SWTOR’s characters

When it launched, Star Wars: The Old Republic was one of the biggest video game voice-over projects that BioWare or any studio had ever done. It boasted over 200,000 lines of dialogue voiced by more than 200 actors, a number that’s only grown with new missions and expansions.

With so many voice actors lending their talents, it shouldn’t be too surprising to occasionally find yourself going, “Now where have I heard that person before? He or she sounds so familiar.” I’ve done that so often that I wanted to make a list of some of the bigger celebrities and actors who are behind the characters that the SWTOR community’s interacted with since 2012.

Here are just 10 of the many great talents that helped to create this game experience — and I didn’t even have room to include Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Armin Shimerman, which I feel is a darn shame.

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Marvel Heroes studio Gazillion hit with layoffs [Confirmed]

It’s sad news for fans of Marvel Heroes and Super Hero Squad Online as at least one of the teams behind Gazillion‘s successful titles appears to have gotten a bit smaller. Michael Parks, formerly of the company, tweeted that friends of his were out of work:

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