Marvel Heroes being shut down by Disney

Disney shuts down Marvel Heroes online game

Disney shuts down Marvel Heroes online game

"We regret to inform our Marvel Heroes fans that we have ended our relationship with Gazillion Entertainment, and that the Marvel Heroes games will be shut down", a statement from Disney reads.

According to Kotaku, two former Gazillion Entertainment employees and one who's still now onboard confirmed that a minimum of three rounds of layoffs took place. Real money purchases will be removed very soon and the statement indicates that purchasable items will be available for free. Weekly community updates trickled off and went missing for a couple of weeks and the content that was supposed to be released alongside Thor Ragnorak never made it into the game.

Marvel and Disney have announced that Marvel will be ending the comapany's relationship with Gazillion Entertainment going forward, and will in fact be shutting down Marvel Heroes as a result.

At one time, Marvel Heroes was the closest thing to Ultimate Alliance 3 we could get. It's not out of the realm of possibility for Marvel to make certain parts of its catalog exclusive in the same way Electronic Arts gets to be the only National Football League video game under the Madden banner.

To no one's surprise, there's also no word regarding the future of the game, whether it'll be continued under a new name with a different developer or not. They simply don't need to be part of the comic book world if there's a good chance the rug will be pulled out from under them.

The free-to-play game was originally conceived as a spiritual successor to Marvel Ultimate Alliance, X-Men Legends, and others like them: Stat-heavy RPGs played from an isometric perspective, with a heavy emphasis on scoring sweet loot.

Whilst Marvel Heroes has been out since 2013 on the PC, it is perhaps the console players who are the most short changed by this announcement. I've reached out to Gazillion for more information.

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