It is now official – developer Gazillion Entertainment is no more.
Its death also brings with it the immediate closure of Marvel Heroes.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of Gazillion Entertainment,” a statement read. “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 writing appeared to be very much on the wall last week. The game’s termination had been confirmed the week before, at which time it was claimed that it would continue to operate until the end of the year. It quickly transpired, however, that the studio has effectively already been closed.
Furthermore, as per an apparent leaked memo from Gazillion CEO Dave Dohrmann, it was said that funding had been yanked from the studio and that all staff have already been laid off – and without their severance, promised benefits and accrued holiday pay.
Some players who sunk money into the game since its release only a few months ago are demanding refunds, owing to the little return they got from their microtransaction spend.
Marvel Heroes originally released in 2013. It was a free-to-play action RPG title supported with microtransactions. A console version for PS4 and Xbox One arrived under the name Marvel Heroes Omega and was released in the summer. Gazillion signed a 10-year exclusivity deal to produce Marvel games in 2009.