Marvel Heroes was a free-to-play, Massively Multiplayer Action RPG by Gazillion Entertainment in which players controlled heroes from the Marvel Universe. It featured real-time combat similar to that of the Diablo games.
Brian Michael Bendis, most notable for writing Ultimate Spider-Man and the New Avengers comics, wrote the game's main story.
Following the game's one-year anniversary the developers updated the name of the game from Marvel Heroes to Marvel Heroes 2015. It was subsequently renamed to Marvel Heroes 2016, then finally Marvel Heroes Omega before shutting down on November 24th, 2017.
Marvel Universe Online, which eventually became Champions Online, was an MMORPG under development by Cryptic Studios and was to be published by Microsoft Game Studios under a license from Marvel. On February 11, 2008 the project was changed due to "an inability to compete" with the current MMO marketplace. Cryptic continued development using a new IP license related to Champions.
On March 17, 2009, Gazillion Entertainment revealed that they had signed an exclusive ten-year deal with Marvel games. Marvel Universe was renamed Marvel Heroes and moved to an action-RPG gameplay style. Marvel Heroes uses the Unreal Engine 3 for graphics and audio.
Marvel Heroes was an online action RPG where the player pointed and clicked on areas or enemies to attack. As players leveled up they gained points - these points could either be spent on adding more powers to heroes or increasing the strength of their new abilities
Once the player finished the main campaign, they were given the opportunity to play the main story line again from the beginning on a harder difficulty. On harder difficulties the enemies were stronger, but the experience points and rare loot drops become extensively higher. There were 3 difficulty levels: normal, heroic, and superheroic.
Each hero had three separate skill trees to unlock. At level 30, signature powers unlocked and at level 52 the hero's ultimate power would unlock.
As players reached the max level of 60, they unlocked raids and cosmic challenges for a higher degree of difficulty.
Chronicles of Doom
Is a 4-part motion comic that served as a a prologue to the main game's story line.
Players will have to explore and fight across the Marvel Universe to stop Dr. Doom's evil plans of using the Cosmic Cube for his own selfish purposes. Players fight solo or online against evil organizations such as A.I.M, HYDRA and the Purifiers, and also face off against an array of villains.
Locations in the campaign include the Savage Land, Hydra's Base, Professor Xavier's school, and Avengers Tower, among others.
The version 2.2 update for Marvel Heroes was the first to add an additional chapter to the main campaign. The new content takes place after the previous chapters, in Thor's homeworld of Asgard. As they travel the land of Asgard, players will find plenty of Thor's allies to assist in quest and combat many of his enemies such as frost giants and dark elves, all while trying to unravel what Thor's evil brother Loki has in store for the heroes.
Terminals are short levels that allow players to take on the major instance boss fights found in the main storyline. Defeating the boss on green and red terminal will yield the player one cube shard collectible for every 24 hours. The three terminals are broken down by difficulty with cosmic being the most difficult.
- Green Terminals
- Red Terminals
- Cosmic Terminals (Level 60)
One-Shots are short side story missions contained in the Marvel Heroes universe game. Like the main campaign, they require the player to complete certain objectives to advance through the storyline where they will eventually fight an end boss. One-Shots are found under the terminals tab on the map.
Current One-Shot missions:
- Bronx Zoo
- March To Axis
- Vibranium Mines
Unlike the story, the missions found under the challenges tab are quite different. Here you will find gameplay that has been changed up to match player preference. Some missions like Midtown Patrol and Industry City Patrol are level maps that spawn enemies and bosses in an endless cycle usually giving away special loot boxes during special events. Other missions like Shield Holo-Sim and X-Defense are Marvel Heroes take on Horde-mode style missions. PvP and Raid missions can also be found under the challenges tab. Raids and the Cosmic Trial can only be accessed at level 60. Passing the Cosmic Trial on any character unlocks the Cosmic difficulty for that character. Hightown access is granted during chapter 10 of the story, and once unlocked it is available to all characters.
- Midtown Patrol
- Cosmic Trial
- Midtown Patrol (Cosmic)
- Industry City Patrol - requires level 10
- Industry City Patrol (Cosmic)
- Hightown Patrol
- Hightown Patrol (Cosmic)
- The Age of Ultron
- S.H.I.E.L.D Holo-Sim
- Fire & Ice PVP - Beta
- Muspelheim Raid
- Axis Raid
- Infernal Limbo - only during Mystic Mayhem event
Heroes can be obtained through in-game collectibles called Eternity Splinters (es) or buying them with "G's," Marvel Heroes' real-money currency. Listed is the normal pricing for each hero in eternity splinters and g's.
Future Playable Heroes (Announced)
- Odinson (Unworthy Thor)
Team-Up heroes are support heroes that can either fight alongside you as an A.I. player-controlled character, or as a passive hero providing you with buffs to your current playable hero. Each team-up hero will have its own inventory slots allowing the player to use them to carry additional loot. The team-up heroes will each have their own specific loot and skills in order to aid you during battle. Team-up heroes will be non-binding and can be teamed up with any of the player's heroes with no restrictions. Currently, team-up heroes can be purchased with real money currency "G" or through the use of Eternity Splinters.
- Beta Ray Bill
- Back-in-Black Spider-Man [Fortune Card Exclusive]
- Agent Coulson [Omega Event Exclusive]
- King Thor [Asgard Fortune Card Exclusive]
- Brood Wolverine [Halloween Mystery Bag Exclusive]
- Doctor Doom [Pro Pack / Future Fortune Card Exclusive]
- Holiday Groot [Holidays 2014 Free Gift]
- The Deadpool Kid
- X-Force Wolverine [Log-in Reward]
- Firestar Original Costume [Achievement]
- Groot Movie Version [Achievement]
- Captain America - Sam Wilson
- Pirate Deadpool [Achievement]
Future Team-Up Heroes:
- Agent Venom
- Archangel [w/ purchase of team-up advanced pack 2]
Pets are miniature characters that provide randomized buffs to your heroes' stats. They can be deployed but unlike team-up heroes they cannot fight other enemies.
Is the in-game currency of Marvel Heroes 2015. You can earn credits by selling loot to your vendors or by defeating enemies. The gear, weapon, and crafter vendor usually require you to pay a certain amount of credits in order to buy items or craft something.
Is the real-world currency of this game. You purchase G's and can spend them to buy heroes, team-up heroes, pets, costumes, and other items found in the Marvel Heroes 2015 online store.
Eternity Splinters are collectible pieces that drop in-game randomly from defeating enemies. Players can use the eternity splinters to buy heroes, ultimate upgrades, team-up heroes and other items for free.
Odin Marks is a special currency that drops from Odin bounty boxes or completing daily tasks. They can be used to purchase a legendary item or bless (additional boosts) an owned artifact.
Usually collected be defeating terminal and one-shot bosses. These collectibles can be used to purchase various rare and important items like crafting recipes, mk 1 cards and prestige potions.
Cosmic Worldstones are currencies that tend to drop during special events. Players can exchange these with the cosmic hero Moon Dragon for mysterious and rare items.
A.R.M.O.R. Research Drives
Currency dropped during special events. Players can exchange these drives to the A.R.M.O.R operative for special rewards.
S.H.I.E.L.D Omega Access File
Currency dropped during the Omega special event. They can be exchanged to Agent Dugan for special gear and rewards.
Are used to acquire gear and recipes more for players who are playing the end game content. Hero's commendation can typically be found in raids, daily quests or one-shot story terminals. Players can acquire up to 250 hero's commendations each week.
Similar to the hero's commendations currency, the protector's commendations can be used to acquire gear and recipes normally for players doing the end game content. Protector's commendations may be found in raids, daily quests, or one-shot story terminals. Players can acquire up to 250 protector's commendations each week.
Crowns of Valor
Players can earn Crown's of Valor by participating in the PVP matches. They can be spent to purchase special PvP rings.
- OS: Windows Vista 32 bit or higher (Win XP support was dropped when the game was relaunched as Marvel Heroes 2015)
- Processor: Core 2 DUO 2.1 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.1 GHz or better
- Memory: 2GB or higher
- Hard Disk Space: 30GB while installing, 15GB after install
- Video Card: Shader 3.0 Compatible, ATI Radeon 3800 series / NVIDIA 8800 series / Intel HD 3000