Marvel Heroes online game shuts down for good a month earlier than planned

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:24 AM EDT (Updated)

The online multiplayer game of Marvel Heroes was shut down a month early, much to the dismay of fans. Launched by Gazillion Entertainment and Secret Identity Studios in the summer of 2013, Heroes allowed players to assume the role of a myriad of Marvel superheroes in an action-role-playing environment. Over the course of the game, you could be heroes like Captain America, Wolverine, and Deadpool while fighting villains like Doctor Doom, The Rhino, M.O.D.O.K., and HYDRA. You'd build up the character stats and unlock content either through gameplay or spending actually money. A console version of the game was released this past summer on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The game's official Twitter account posted an announcement on Nov. 15, promising that it would run until Dec. 31. This wasn't unexpected as Marvel/Disney had announced they were cutting ties with Gazillion. What was unexpected, however, was the Heroes Twitter account changing its tune on Nov. 27, saying that due to the closing of Gazillion Entertainment, the game's servers would cease to operate by sunset. 

Indeed, the game is no longer available and the website now a dead link, in the wake of news of layoffs at Gazillion. 

Gamers used social media to voice their opinions and express their sadness about the end of Heroes

"Had a lot of fun, im gonna miss my time in MHO a hell of a lot," wrote one Redditor on r/marvelheroes. 

"My eyes were actually watery, even though I hadn't played in a while due to Gaz's poor dev choices I will miss it. I doubt I'll ever see another marvel super hero game with the depth of customisation this had," said another. 

Thankfully, there are numerous other Marvel mobile games to fill the void like Contest of Champions, Ultimate Alliance, and Puzzle Quest