Updated: Marvel Heroes didn't even make it to the planned December 31 date and has been shut down today, according to Gazillion Entertainment.
Marvel Entertainment has decided to pull the plug on Marvel Heroes. The free-to-play Diablo-style action game was developed and operated by Gazillion Entertainment. It was launched on PC in 2013 and ported earlier this year to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as Marvel Heroes Omega.
"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," said Marvel in a statement to Kotaku.
Official Statement from Gazillion pic.twitter.com/mievTz6pjn— Marvel Heroes Omega (@MarvelHeroes) November 16, 2017
Apparently the writing has been on the wall for some time, even within the game's community. Gazillion missed the last four of its weekly community updates and the community managers for the game disappeared from the forum. Marvel Heroes was supposed to see several content updates, including a Halloween event and a Thor: Ragnarok tie-in, both of which never happened. The Gladiator Thor pack was planned for an October 27 release, but players heard nothing from the developer.
No reason was given for the shutdown.
"[The lay-offs] would definitely not be the fault of the internal men and women who actually worked on the game itself or served the customers," former Marvel Heroes creative director Jeff Donais told Kotaku. "It was a real thing that people didn't see their families as much as they should, or sacrificed their health to work an 80-hour week when an important patch deadline was looming. The patch release schedule, especially when PC was the main focus, was aggressively insane."