More troubling news from the developers of soon to be no more Marvel Heroes: staff at studio Gazillion report they were all let go yesterday - the day before Thanksgiving.
Not only that, the developers report Marvel Heroes, a Marvel-themed free-to-play Diablo-style game for PC and consoles, will shut down tomorrow, Friday 24th November. The note on the Marvel Heroes website says the game will go dark on 31st December 2017.
MassivelyOP said it had seen a termination letter written by Gazillion CEO Dave Dohrmann, which claims "banking creditors have effectively pulled the plug on the company, leading to the termination of almost every employee at the studio and the apparent renege of benefits including accrued PTO [paid time off]".
Yesterday, staff backed up MassivelyOP's report, saying Gazillion let everyone go without paying PTO.
Today we were told no severance. Not even paying out PTO. Good job, Gaz. I feared this would happen so I appreciate all the support you've given to shasta :https://t.co/aWyk0ja8Jh— Anthony Gallegos (@Chufmoney) November 23, 2017
I know a lot of people are upset and wanting refunds for their purchases in @MarvelHeroes, but please keep in mind the developers were not paid out PTO, severance, and our medical insurance is ending in 8 days.— Andrew Hair (@andrewhair) November 22, 2017
Angry players have been trying to get refunds ever since Disney announced Marvel Heroes was shutting down.
Marvel Heroes' community and social media channels had been conspicuously silent since mid-October, a fact that hadn't gone unnoticed by concerned players.
Game designer Brian Waggoner took to Twitter to reveal some of the planned features for the game which will sadly not see the light of day.
I wish you x-men fans could have seen the 90?s x-men costumes we had coming. Beast looked amazing, Wolverine in his classic 90?s look, Nightcrawler classic vu, Cyclops and psylocke in brown jackets. Amazing work.— Brian Waggoner (@HeyItsBWags) November 23, 2017
Had Star-Lady enhanced for star lord in the works space knight Venom, Storm X-treme, and VU?s for beta ray bill, lady Loki, Mar-Vell all coming that looked amazing.— Brian Waggoner (@HeyItsBWags) November 23, 2017
Had some awesome enhanced with powers coming for Black Panther. Killmonger enhanced in 2 different looks, 2 different versions of Shuri and others.— Brian Waggoner (@HeyItsBWags) November 23, 2017
Also started some preliminary work on a playable Thanos for infinity war. Wanted to treat it kind of like a hero class from WoW.— Brian Waggoner (@HeyItsBWags) November 23, 2017
Disney and Gazillion management are yet to explain the closure of Marvel Heroes.