Amid allegations of sexual misconduct, missed Thor Ragnarok update, as well as a variety of other rumours, Disney/Marvel has issued a statement that it has canceled it's agreement with Marvel Heroes developer Gazillion entertainment, and that the game will be shutting down soon.
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 news comes directly from Marvel, who extended their gratitude to fans for their support over the years. Players would do well to start working on wrapping up the achievements as soon as possible.
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For many, the loss of Marvel Heroes is a serious blow. I'll be sad to see this one go in the same way we temporarily lost Marvel vs. Capcom from digital stores. Some employees on the game side have talked about being told not to come into work over the past few days and management holding more closed-door meetings than per usual. If so, let us know your thoughts on the end of the property. While Hollywood flocks to be part of the latest comic book craze, video games have been carving out their own multi-million dollar IP.
Marvel Heroes has chugged along since its launch in 2013, but apparently not without issues. It's likely something that gets loopholed through LEGO's licensing deal with multiple brands but probably does not sit well with Disney brass.
Due to the need for the Marvel license, Gadzillion will be unable to keep the game online, which is a shame as Heroes only recently arrived on PS4 and Xbox One earlier this year. I've reached out to Gazillion for more information.