Today, Marvel (under Disney) announced that it would be ending its relationship with Gazillion Entertainment, the publishers of Marvel Heroes. According to an email from a Marvel representative, the company didn’t announce much other than the fact that the game was shutting down and that they would be providing further updates as they became available (via Kotaku):
“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. We would like to sincerely thank the players who joined the Marvel Heroes community, and will provide any further updates as they become available.”
Marvel Heroes was released back in 2013 for the PC, and acted as a Diablo-style MMO for the Marvel franchise. It was a free-to-play game that regularly featured updates that tied in with whatever Marvel was up to, their latest – and final – update being last October when Black Bolt was added to the game. Over the last month, developer Gazillion missed a series of weekly community updates and had gone silent on any updates regarding both Halloween and the newly released Thor Ragnarok film. Several fans had theorized that the something was coming due to the silent, and unfortunately, it seems like that was the case.
While many fans seemed to expect something like this to happen due to the radio silence and general lack of updates over the last month, one can only hope that whatever Gazillion does next, it helps those at the studio bounce back on their feet. We Will update this story with more information as it becomes available.