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marvelheroesomega
marvelheroesomegaDigital Release:PC (Steam)
June 03, 2013 (as Marvel Heroes)
June 04, 2014 (as Marvel Heroes 2015)
January 28, 2016 (as Marvel Heroes 2016)
June 07, 2016 (as Marvel Heroes Omega)

PlayStation 4 (as Marvel Heroes Omega)
April 26, 2017 (US)
May 23, 2017 (EU)

Xbox One (as Marvel Heroes Omega)
June 30, 2017 (EU, US)
Delisting:December 31, 2017
Developer:Gazillion Entertainment
Publisher:Gazillion Entertainment
Available On:Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (AU, EU, FR, DE)
Links:Marvel Heroes homepage
Kotaku news post
Massively Overpowered news post

Gazillion reportedly shut down, Marvel Heroes offline as soon as November 24th

Massively Overpowered, who has closely followed the drama surrounding Marvel Heroes, has reported by way of an anonymous source that Gazillion Entertainment has disbanded, laid off nearly all staff, and will be shutting down the game November 24th instead of December 31st.

The source also shared parts of a termination letter delivered to Gazillion staff by CEO Dave Dohrmann that indicated creditors had “pulled the plug” on funding, and that accrued time off and health benefits were no longer being honored.

Shortly after, a pair of former Gazillion employees tweeted to confirm and provide context (via USgamer).

As of this writing neither Gazillion, Disney, or Marvel have made any public statements. Marvel Heroes is officially scheduled to shut down on December 31st but if you were planning to play a fond farewell to the game you may want to log in today, just in case.

NCSoft's MOBA, Master X Master, shutting down January 31st

In one of the most detailed and sentimental announcements we’ve seen yet, NCSOFT has confirmed plans to close down its MOBA title Master X Master on January 31st, 2018. The full announcement follows:

There is no easy way to say this, but regretfully, we will be discontinuing our service for MXM, with the final day of the game’s life to be January 31. Deciding to close the game is not a decision we come to lightly, but ultimately it came down to a matter of business—we explored several options, but none of them were sustainable. We truly believe that MXM is special, and offered a lot of new ideas to change up the MOBA genre, but in trying to carve out a niche for itself, we failed to connect with players.

For the remainder of the game’s service, we’re going to do everything we can to honor the community and show thanks for your support. We know this news is difficult to hear for remaining players—trust that we are as heartbroken as you are that we have to say goodbye to it. To that end, in recognition of all of you who love playing the game, here are our plans from now until the servers close:

  • All players will receive 500,000 X-Coin to unlock all content
  • The community-developed Lua skin will be made available to all players for 1 X-Coin
  • Real money purchases on the MXM Store will be permanently disabled
  • All game modes will be turned on, and available at all times
  • Refunds in full on purchases made between Aug. 30 and Nov. 16. This will happen automatically within the next 7-14 days, and will be refunded via the same method the purchase was made, if possible. For additional refund specifics please refer to our FAQ.

We are truly grateful for the community that grew around MXM, and for your support of the game. We saw MXM as a challenge to the status quo—a change-up of mechanics that would revitalize the MOBA genre and attract players who wanted to test the upper limits of their skills—but in the end, it wasn’t enough to take on the established juggernauts. It truly is awe-inspiring to have been a part of the community’s creativity and passion—the art, videos, and guides, the emergent gameplay and meta as new Masters were introduced, the high-level online competitions, and more—truly, thank you.

We again want to extend our sincere gratitude to the MXM community, and hope you all can enjoy the remaining time with the game. We’ll be continuing to provide updates on the official forums, Twitter, and Facebook until January 31.

The date has been added to the Watch List calendar and a page for the title will be added to the site soon.

deadpool
deadpoolDigital Release:PlayStation 3
June 25, 2013 (AU, EU, US)
July 22, 2015 (AU, EU, US) - RELISTED

Xbox 360
July 30, 2013 (AU, EU, US)
July 22, 2015 (AU, EU, US) - RELISTED

PC (Steam)
June 25, 2013
July 15, 2015 - RELISTED

PlayStation 4
November 17, 2015 (AU, EU, US)

Xbox One
November 17, 2015 (AU, EU, US)
Delisting:December 31, 2013 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Steam)
November 16, 2017 (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Steam)
Developer:High Moon Studios
Publisher:Activision
Available On:Retail (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
PlayStation 4 download code
Steam download code
Links:Polygon delisting news (2014)
Polygon relisting news (2015)
Delisting Announcement (2017)
Deadpool homepage

Marvel Heroes shutting down December 31st

In a statement given to Kotaku on November 15th, Disney/Marvel announced that they had terminated their relationship with developer Gazillion Entertainment and that all Marvel Heroes games would be shut down. Later in the day the official Marvel Heroes homepage was updated with the following farewell message and further details:

“We’re sad to inform our players and our entire Marvel Heroes family that Marvel Heroes Omega will be shutting down.

The Marvel Heroes servers will stay on until Dec 31, 2017, and we’ll be removing real money purchases as soon as possible. Players will be able to play the game entirely for free once this sunset period commences. We will share the exact date things go completely free as soon as we can.

We’ve had the privilege of entertaining and collaborating with our players for over four years. We’re extremely humbled by that privilege and wanted to get this message out: Thank you. Thank you to our players, our tireless employees, and everyone involved in the life of Marvel Heroes, Marvel Heroes 2015, Marvel Heroes 2016, and Marvel Heroes Omega.”

The news is not entirely unexpected by fans of the game who have seen promised content updates slip and official social media accounts go quiet over the past weeks and months. Massively Overpowered has been chronicling the events surrounding Gazillion and sums it up rather nicely with this post.

As of this writing the game remains available to download and play for free on Steam and Xbox One. The PlayStation Store page for the game in North America (US and Canada) is currently unavailable but is still accessible from European territories (AU, EU, FR, DE).

The date has been added to the Watch List calendar and a full page will be coming soon to the site as the end of the year rolls around.

Welcome to the Delisted list, bub.

Welcome to the Delisted list, bub.

It’s that time again: time for Activision’s Deadpool video games to be delisted. November 16th is the date this time when the game will be removed from Steam with Xbox and PlayStation platforms likely to follow. The news initially came by way of a Steam store announcement on November 11th and was quickly rebroadcast by deal watchdog Wario64 (and then came our way by a submission from Keegan). Thanks for the heads up Keegan!

If you’ve had your eye on Deadpool’s middling adventure since it debuted way back in 2013 you’d better grab it before Thursday, November 16th. Hey, it’s even on sale on most platforms. There’s no telling if Activision will renew the license to bring the game back or if they’re focusing resources on a new game to coincide with Deadpool 2’s theatrical debut in 2018.

Here’s a few links to speed things up since I was a little late on posting this news:

PlayStation 3 (no sale, $39.99)

PlayStation 4 (no sale, $49.99)

Xbox One ($12.50)

Xbox 360 ($11.99)

Steam ($11.99)

Humble Store ($11.99)