The Marvel MMO that we had all been waiting for has been scrapped - but here's what we could have won.
Screenshots Reveal Secrets of Cancelled Marvel MMO
Marvel may be rolling out new video games quicker than Tony Stark rolled out new suits but, unfortunately, the new Marvel MMO announced in late 2021 is no longer one of them. And if you were among those eager to give it a whirl, well here's some screenshots to pour salt in those wounds.
The unnamed Marvel MMO was to be published by Daybreak Game Company, whose portfolio includes DC Universe Online, Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online. With that in mind, our superpowers of deduction would have us believe that this unnamed Marvel MMO was probably going to be called 'Marvel Online'.
Such speculation, however, is now irrelevant. As it was announced just days ago that the project had been scrapped in favor of concentrating time and money on Daybreak's pre-established IPs, including the ones listed above, as well as a host of smaller projects.
And while it's uncertain just how far along the development process the Marvel MMO was, an artist by the name of Ramiro Galan has decided to share images of the game's character creation process, which he claims to have worked on.
In a gallery shared on Artstation, Galan confirms that the artstyle pays homage to the distinctive animated Marvel film Spider-Man Into the Spiderverse. A distinctive choice that makes the cancellation even harder to stomach - especially for comic book aficionados.
The screenshots also convey the details behind the character creation process. For instance, players are (or were) given the choice to join one of four factions including the X-Men, Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Fantastic Four. They could also pick their hero's powers by altering their DNA, and decide on an outfit that would directly influence three stats including speed, power and ability.
Players could also pick from four 'builds' that included 'Tall Skinny', 'Muscular', 'Huge' and, everyone's favorite, 'Average'. Choosing a face was as simple as scrolling through some presets, whilst players could further customize these options with embellishments such as thunderbolt markings or metallic skin.
All in all, it looked as though we were in for a lighthearted romp that would directly appeal to Marvel comic book fans. Alas, that dream has been snatched from us, and we must concede that - at least when it comes to MMOs - DC have won this round.