Disney pulls the plug on Marvel Heroes

Disney pulls the plug on Marvel Heroes

As noted above, Marvel Heroes is an action-RPG in the mold of Diablo, but with a free-to-play business model.

Gazillion Entertainment is just the latest in a string of high profile closures, with the developers of Marvel Heroes having their deal with Disney pulled by the publisher. Both didn't come to pass, with no word of why from Gazillion.

Disney has announced that free-to-play Marvel Heroes is shutting down.

As to why the online game met an untimely end, it's not because of a dwindling user base, per se. There are two reasonable conclusions to be drawn here: either Marvel Heroes simply wasn't earning enough money to justify the investment, or Marvel and Disney have another project in the pipeline. The game was only recently released on PS4 and Xbox One. "We would like to sincerely thank the players who joined the Marvel Heroes community, and will provide any further updates as they become available", they wrote.

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Former Marvel Heroes creative director Jeff Donais explained to Kotaku that, during his time at the studio, an "aggressively insane" patch release schedule plagued the game and weighed on its developers. Recent expected in-game events tied to Halloween and Thor: Ragnarok never materialized, and weekly "community updates" were being regularly missed.

Marvel Heroes has chugged along since its launch in 2013, but apparently not without issues.

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.

If you were enjoying Marvel Heroes on a regular basis, it may be time to switch over to another game now.