Marvel cancels massively online multiplayer game

Posted by Mark Raby

Redmond (WA) - Cryptic Studios has shut the lid on production for a massively multiplayer online game that would have pit Marvel comic characters together in a big melee.

"Marvel and we have agreed to end development on the MMO," said Microsoft Games Studios head Shane Kim in an interview with MTV's Multiplayer gaming blog.

Marvel Universe Online was first announced in September 2006 and it was never given a firm release date.  Rumors of the game's cancellation spiked late last year but no one at Microsoft or Cryptic was ready to confirm the decision.  Now it's official.  

"It’s just something that we felt that, for us and for them, it would be better if we ended development, which is disappointing because that had a lot of promise. But sometimes you have to make these decisions," said Kim.

He went on to say that it was a matter of looking at priorities, and the company made a decision that the profit potential just wasn't there for a subscription-based online game revolving around Marvel characters.