Marvel Universe Online officially offline

Microsoft Games Studios head Shane Kim confirms the ambitious Cryptic-developed 360-Vista massively multiplayer superhero game "has been discontinued."

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In July 2006, Microsoft and Marvel Entertainment announced they were developing an ambitious project, Marvel Universe Online. The title was the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game designed for cross-play between Xbox 360 and Windows Vista, and the first MMORPG to feature characters from the Marvel Comics universe. As outlined in a GameSpot interview, Marvel Universe Online also marked the first collaboration between Marvel and developer Cryptic Studios after they settled a nasty legal flap over Marvel-esque characters in City of Heroes and City of Villains.

But following the high-profile announcements of 2006, the flow of information about Marvel Universe Online was shut off in 2007. Unconfirmed reports swirled that the project had been quietly canceled, even though official inquiries were greeted by Microsoft's standard refrain, "Microsoft does not comment on rumors or speculation." However, the wall of silence broke at last week's D.I.C.E. Summit, when Microsoft Game Studios head Shane Kim told GameSpot that Marvel Universe Online is permanently offline.

"Microsoft and Marvel have decided to discontinue that project," the executive told GameSpot. "It was a mutual decision." Kim did not go into further detail about the game's cancellation.

The demise of Marvel Universe Online leaves Sony Online Entertainment's even more mystery-shrouded DC Comics PC and PlayStation 3 project as the highest-profile officially sanctioned comic-book massively multiplayer game in development. (City of Heroes and City of Villains, which feature character-created superhero characters, remain online.) It also comes shortly after Marvel ended its agreement with Electronic Arts to codevelop a fighting game. The company still has longstanding agreements with Activision and Sega to develop non-MMOG games based on its iconic characters.

Discussion

294 comments
scarface_dm
scarface_dm

Damn, A Marvel MMO would have been 10x better than a DC one Too bad microsoft couldnt see the profit this game could have made them

Chickendude8890
Chickendude8890

It would have been awsome if they acctually made this game, but people these days are to lazy to actually put work into games anymore lyk they used to. And wat WierdLIVE said is true. They cancelled this game and are making Champions Online insted. Same thing kind of but without Marvel and the Complex stroylines

buckmana
buckmana

That really sucks! I'm not a DC fan and Cities of Heroes was a terrible game, so this was really my last choice for a superhero mmo. I guess mmos that aren't about swords and sorcery are too hard to make (sarcasm implied).

sebaste
sebaste

I think they need more time for the project.

starduke
starduke

Why? Why did they cancel it? I'd just like to know. I want to be an online superhero in either DCU or Marvel. I geuss it has to be DCU now. I hope they don't end up canceling the DCU MMO too. That would be foolish.

DeadlyOnez
DeadlyOnez

go to ps3. it still wont make the ps3 any better. Home Blows

illusion121
illusion121

Nooooooooooooooooo!! for the love of God bring it back!

justiceforeall
justiceforeall

This was the only reason I was going to buy an X-box 360,....oh well!

burstlimit514
burstlimit514

so now its on ps3 and pc? poor 360 fan boys.

InsaneCheeseMan
InsaneCheeseMan

@ Ares_hot You make custom heroes/villains to fight alongside/with the big names like Batman or Superman. I think it's because if you look at the Justice League or Legion of Doom, there's hundreds of unnamed characters who are lucky if they get a panel to themselves. Those are who the players represent.

Ares_hot
Ares_hot

Im really confused, will u be able to make ur own characters or do u have to chose a premade one like superman or batman??

DiabolicalX
DiabolicalX

as much as I would have liked too see this game, there would be o way it could work and please the majority at the same time, you'd have about 1000 noobs running around as Spiderman or Wolverine. Though I would like to see a Marvel fighting game

Thewbacca
Thewbacca

interesting. Dc and Marvel have chosen sides in the console war.

WiRedLiVE
WiRedLiVE

if you want to watch the video, go to youtube because it glitches on the website

WiRedLiVE
WiRedLiVE

its ok everyone. cryptic studio is still making a superhero MMORPG for the 360. its called "champions online". go to "champions-online.com"

turgzz
turgzz

really sad marvel rocks

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

If it was going to be CoH/CoV clone, I would have canceled it too. -CoH/CoV is more than enough to meet the super hero MMO fix.

darkonimaster
darkonimaster

That sucks rocks. Hopfully Sony and there Playstation3 will pick this up. Yet other let down by the world leader in let downs Microsoft Games Studios.

jannlee111
jannlee111

man i wanted to be the hulk =( now hulk sad

nowyoufacedoom
nowyoufacedoom

Why oh why??? This game would of had me calling off from work so many days. But oh well. Now I gotta wait and see if DC does a somewhat decent game with the PS3. Blegh!!! Marvel rocks!!!! 'Nuff Said.

Hellpop
Hellpop

Got to be that no good idiot Quesada at Marvel. He f*#^$ everything up!

homie13_9
homie13_9

damn this wouldve been a good game i wouldve buoght i love marvel!!!!!! nemesis was was of ma favorites..with magneto!!! it was hot...but i guess not with this one..since is off now....hopefully they will change their minds again and make it....

Topher_Rawks
Topher_Rawks

Damn. This would have pulled me into the MMORPG genre finally... What a shame, it sounded great...

gertish
gertish

Lame, I would have bought this game.

8bit16bitsowhat
8bit16bitsowhat

this game would have actually made me use my 360 rather than just have it collecting dust behind my tv.

El_Shabang
El_Shabang

Interesting that everyone blames MS for this ... no one's here shouting "Damn you Marvel!"

ahmedsamir_7
ahmedsamir_7

I was looking forward to this sad news DAMN Microsoft

artiebillymac
artiebillymac

NO man this sucks MUO would have been great but oh well .

pygmahia5
pygmahia5

wow...that is the biggest bs ever, it would have been a good game and made millions....gj ms

mathiasX
mathiasX

Congrats on letting down comic book/super hero fans everywhere..you suck microsoft.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Could had potential but I guess, not anymore.

Ninja_RaVeN
Ninja_RaVeN

I was looking forward to this game! Damn you Microsoft!!!

BlackDiamond81
BlackDiamond81

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guppieface
guppieface

blahh i read this bcause im bored

graavigala
graavigala

thank the gods! this game would have turned out same as City of Heroes/Villains

Fake_Sketch
Fake_Sketch

u.u acyually I was expecting this gameTT

gnbfd
gnbfd

didn't M$ say earlier that a major first party title would be canned? Anyway this sucks. That was actually a good idea

Ryking
Ryking

With Marvel produing the majority of their movies that are coming out in the next 2-5 years, it makes me wonder if maybe they aren't canceling this game so that they can make it themselves later on. They've already canceled their deal with EA to make fighting games.