When Gazillion first announced that Marvel Heroes would be shutting down the game was scheduled to go offline on December 31st, giving players over a month to enjoy the game for a final time. Amid last week’s tweets from now-former employees however, the game was rumored to be shut down as soon as Friday, November 24th. The holiday weekend came and went without notice from Gazillion or Marvel but as of the afternoon of Monday, November 27th, the game was gone. Marvel Heroes’ twitter account posted a final farewell message:
“It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of Gazillion Entertainment. As a result, we are no longer able to operate Marvel Heroes Omega until December 31 as originally planned. Instead, Marvel Heroes Omega will be sunset immediately on all platforms and will no longer be available as soon as this process is completed. The company would like to sincerely thank its fans and employees for all the support over the years of development and live service.”
The game’s subreddit group tallied the losses throughout the day which ended when the game’s homepage and forums were finally taken down. The Watch List calendar and the game’s page on the site have been updated to reflect these final details.
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.
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.
One of the most frequently lamented delistings is the Marvel vs. Capcom series. The games are readily available on disc and still being played in tournaments but the expired deal has left Capcom with no means to update the most frequently played title, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. There’s no news of a revival or a sequel but Polygon did confirm last week during E3 that Marvel Games is well aware of fan outcry.
“Let’s just say that we hear that [demand for a new MvC title] a lot,” said Marvel Games vice president Jay Ong, “We love our fans and we certainly want to please them. Beyond that we can’t say anything at this time. But who knows what the future holds?”
That’s not terribly promising, especially after Ong’s previous statement to Polygon that he has a “mandate to usher in a new era for Marvel Games” and “create truly epic games”. Revisiting a crossover fighting game series with an increasingly disregarded game company probably isn’t his idea of “epic” … but who knows what the future holds, right?