RIP Marvel Heroes

    
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It’s gone, gang, and I’m so sorry.

Following the disastrous silences and accusations that unfolded over October and November, Marvel announced that it had terminated its relationship with gaming studio Gazillion and canceled MMOARPG Marvel Heroes, which was then scheduled to sunset at the end of the year.

However, on Wednesday, Gazillion employees began reporting that they’d been sent a letter by company CEO Dave Dohrmann announcing the end of Gazillion, the loss of their jobs (and some of their benefits), and a rushed end to Marvel Heroes as the bank called in its debts. The letter said the game would be shut down on Friday following an announcement, causing panic among MMO players who thought they had a bit more time. But no announcement came, and the game stayed up through the weekend.

Now, players on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 report that the game has indeed gone fully offline as of this afternoon.

Gazillion, Marvel, and Disney did not respond to requests for comment last week, and it does not appear that players were told by any of the involved companies that the game would be sunsetting early – a sad end to what was once a great game and a terrible way to treat paying customers. Our hearts go out to the devs and the players.

It’s worth pointing out that players on Reddit have claimed they’ve been able to get full refunds on their Marvel Heroes Xbox One purchases from Microsoft, so that’s worth a try. MOP tipster Alex told us he has received a complete refund and was told by a Microsoft rep that the refunds will be given automatically “soon.” Other players are having differing levels of luck with PS4 customer service.

Massively OP’s MJ got a chance to stream the game over this weekend to give it a proper sendoff. We’re including the streams below.

With thanks to Boom and Alex.

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mike foster

We ALMOST got into this when my gf was looking for Marvel stuff to play, but she hated the Captain America designs. Looks like we got lucky.

I played it on PC way back when and it seemed like a serviceable brawler, but the monetization always seemed a little aggressive to me. Either way, hope the folks at Gazillion find good work and the players find something else they can play and love.

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Chris Mc

Never played it, but still bummed to hear.

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roo woods

Marvel movies and the Netflix TV shows are doing so maybe a it’s a good time for a proper Marvel MMO to be developed .

Sadly the comics themselves have seen better days and the House of ideas has been in decline in recent years .

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mike foster

We’re big fans of Marvel in our house and I think the issue with an MMO is the same issue we see in the board games we play (Legendary, for example): No one wants to be some Shield person or other nobody in the Marvel world. Everyone wants to be Hulk or Spider-Man or whoever, and you can’t make an MMO where everyone is a known hero.

Personally I’d rather play a sick single-player Spider-Man game than have Spider-Man be like an NPC in my world who gives me quests.

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Dez Tal

Being only a casual player over the last few years I compressed as much as I could of what I planned to do over the next few years over the entire weekend and played every single character I could and kept swapping skins every couple of hours. I just kept logging in seeing if the server was up. Switch to another character.

I’ll miss the game but I think I got most of it out of my system. Sad to hear about all those employees at Gazillion. I can find another game but that’s someone’s hard earned work gone to the digital ether.

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Peregrine Falcon

I never played Marvel Heroes. However, like the pink pigtailed one, I too bow my head during a moment of silence for those of you who lost an online world that you loved.

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Mewmew

The sad thing is that it’s not just the end of Marvel Heroes, but the end of an entire game studio. Though they didn’t have many games left, there was a time when there was more.

Remember Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, the browser based kids MMO also by Gazillion? I had played it when I was quite young, but it suffered the same hit that all browser games took as mobile took most of their players.

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Barbara van den Berg

same as when COH went. all the people going about the game closing but Paragon studios was put into liquidation. all those people lost their jobs.

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birini

I’ll just leave this here. Be sure to notice the “Great Benefits.”

https://www.gazillion.com/careers

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Zora

I barely knew you and I feel my life is all the poorer now that you are gone…figuratively speaking, that is.

…those who actually invested money in it, less figuratively so /ducks

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Humble DG

That’s such a bummer. It wasn’t the greatest game on the planet but it definitely wasn’t bad. It should have just remained as something more simple like a local hosted diablo so that they didn’t need to fork over servers or anything. Local co-op or something. That’s really crap. And crap for dropping the employees like that.

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Richard de Leon III

I wouldve boughtbit in a heartbeat if it was an offline arpg with lan options.

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Suikoden

I started playing Marvel Heroes right after the BUE (Biggest Update Ever), so maybe 9 months.
It’s too bad because I was really enjoying it. I would have preferred more queued instances, but it was a very fun game. Loved the open world stuff.

Well I’m back at Champions now, so maybe I’ll see some of you there.