A new Marvel MMO project from Daybreak Game Company was only announced in 2021 but has now been canceled due to insufficient funding.
Marvel’s video games aren’t as popular as what fans might expect in modern times, but there are certainly plenty of compelling games inspired by heroes from popular comic books. Launched in 2011, DC Universe Online is a successful MMO that connects various aspects of the DC comics multiverse. Although the game’s transition to PS5 and Xbox Series X was delayed, the title is still very popular and constantly updated. In late 2021, a new Marvel MMO game was revealed, but Stockholm-based EG7 corporation has now revealed in a recent earnings report that the project has been scrapped.
Given the positive reception of DC Universe Online and the undeniable profitability of most Marvel IPs, this cancellation could come as a huge shock to fans of the company. Backed by Daybreak Game Company, the studio behind DC Universe Online and other popular titles like Planetside 2 and Everquest, the Marvel MMO could have turned out to be a good product. However, EG7 cited increasing investment costs as a reason for the cancellation, based on this information it appears that the development costs of the game have begun to outpace the expected profits.
This is not unusual as server maintenance and constant updates for an MMO title will cost a lot of money, and games in this genre will largely be canceled or gradually closed. door over time. Avid Blizzard’s IP Titan had a similar problem and never materialized, and Daybreak Game Company itself had to cancel Everquest Next in 2016 out of concern that the game wasn’t interesting enough to maintain a steady stream of popularity. solid player.
Although the Marvel MMO is a separate genre and is handled by other teams, it is possible that the impact of the Marvel’s Avengers online game developed by Square Enix played a part in the cancellation of the Marvel MMO project. Despite launching with a lot of promotion in 2020, the game is nothing special and is not very popular with the gaming community. Touted as a blockbuster title that will receive constant updates for years to come, the game’s less prominent reputation has caused it to update less and less content in recent times, and that may be the case. may have hindered other Marvel game productions, though that’s just speculation.
This isn’t the first time a Marvel MMO has been canceled as it was reported back in 2008 that a Marvel game developed by Cryptic Studios had been discontinued. Cryptic Studios then went on to develop Dungeons and Dragons Neverwinter, but it’s interesting to think about what might have happened if Marvel’s MMO ambitions hadn’t been scrapped. Either way, it looks like Marvel fans will have to keep waiting for an MMO featuring their favorite heroes.
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