Marvel Universe Online will be free-to-play, written by Marvel veteran

Gazillion Entertainment has revealed that its upcoming Marvel Universe Online will be free-to-play and feature the writing talents of one of Marvel's most notable comic book scribes.

These announcements and more were made during Gazillion's official reveal event for the long awaited superhero MMO, which took place yesterday in San Francisco and live online at The conference was hosted by Gazillion and Marvel reps who confirmed Marvel Universe Online is being developed from the ground up to support the free-to-play model, later assuring fans it was not their intention to bleed players dry with microtransactions.

The conference was also attended by longtime Marvel writer, Brian Michael Bendis (House of M, Secret Invasion), who said he will be playing a large role in the shaping of Marvel Universe Online's story.

“What's great is that as the world keeps turning, instead of just going to the comics and stealing the comics, now they're stealing the writers,” said Bendis in an interview with Massively. “So instead of hiring someone to imitate Geoff Johns, you hire Geoff Johns. And that's what happened here. I was impeccably qualified, for the last 10 years of my life, to do this; I believed in it tremendously, and I told them, “If an MMO ever happens, let me know.'”

Though Bendis was relatively tight lipped as to where the Marvel Universe Online's story would take players, he did say the game would skew to the mature crowd and that the work was some of his most significant yet, adding, “It's literally like all the writing I've ever done, over 10 years, in one game, in one place. I'm adapting other peoples' stories more or less, but it's so massive... it's a giant story.”

In addition to story tidbits, the panel also revealed players will play as established Marvel characters in lieu of player created avatars, and Dr. Doom will be the main villain.

Marvel Universe Online is currently being developed by Gazillion's Secret Identity studio for the PC. No release date has been set.

[Source: Massively]

Apr 29, 2011

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  • Nanook - May 1, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    There are all sorts of goofy/reasonable ways, stuff that's in-continuity, for there to be 2, 4, dozens, even hundreds of the same superhero (or at least functionally the same with different skins) hanging around the same place at the same time. Dr. Doom has a time machine. Those weird Doppelgangers from the Infinity... (Crusade?). Scarlet Witch yadda yadda. The Captain Britain Corps/Seige Perilous thingy. Th Lightning Force Reichsrail Train. Cosmic Cubes. Infinity Gauntlets. Kang The Conquerors. Etc. Etc.
  • IceBlueKirby - April 30, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    I've never actually played a MMO, because all the free ones haven't really caught my attention. But you stick some Marvel characters in, and I'm on board. I'm looking forward to trying this out.
  • tlopezkid - April 30, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    It only said PC on this article. Console adaptation too??? ;)
  • TheOracle8191 - April 30, 2011 2:46 a.m.

    D@mn. I guess getting bought by Disney is paying off already by way of free online!
  • joryy - April 29, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    Dibs on Deadpool. That guy is awesome
  • Cruddi - April 29, 2011 8:43 p.m.

    It should have a subscribe if you want, if you do you get such and such... Just like Hell gate london
  • StrayGator - April 29, 2011 8:17 p.m.

    Two of my guilty pleasures are the Lego [franchise] and X-Men Legends / Marvel Ultimate Alliance series. Seeing as the Lego MMO is 1) subscription based and 2) unavailable outside NA/EU, this seems like the next best thing. Also, free. Can't beat that. Assuming it's available worldwide, of course.
  • Bantha_Fodder - April 29, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    aw, no custom chaacters? cmon Marvel, I know you don't want to look like a DC Universe/City Of Heros rip-off, but we wouldn't have minded... I honestly have NO idea how this is going to work... in a GOOD way... what, your friends are on a server, but someone is already Spiderman, so tough shit? I was really excited, then really confused, then really let down, and now I'm really curious... this is gonna be one I keep an eye on ,but I swear, if there's 50 player controlled Hulks running around Times Square, I'm gonna be pissed...
  • TriforcePlayer - April 29, 2011 7:31 p.m.

    Incredible. Hopefully SOE jumps on board the F2P wagon.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 29, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    Is this on consoles? Because I reeeeeeeeeally want this, and I don't have a good PC...
  • Personamanxx - April 29, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    I'm a little confused on how the playing of established characters is going to work but as long as there are not hundreds of Spider-Mans swinging around everywhere I guess it's cool.
  • theretrofish - April 29, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    Bendis? Marvel MMO? FREE? Need. NOW!
  • Myko - April 29, 2011 6:41 p.m.

    First, some of the best articles today.

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