Marvel Heroes 2016 Arrives! First Wave of Updates Includes New Story Chapter, Controller Support, Updated Character Models, Revamped Deadpool, Leaderboards, Playable Black Cat and More!
MARVEL HEROES 2016 INCLUDES:
"SECRET INVASION" STORY CHAPTER: Battle shape-shifting Skrull invaders, including the Super-Skrull and alien versions of Super Heroes, in this adaptation of 2008’s Secret Invasion comic book event. Who do you trust? (A Fortune Card themed to the new chapter is also available.)
CONTROLLER SUPPORT: Battle shape-shifting Skrull invaders, including the Super-Skrull and alien versions of Super Heroes, in this adaptation of 2008’s Secret Invasion comic book event. Who do you trust? (A Fortune Card themed to the new chapter is also available.)
REVAMPED DEADPOOL: The Merc with a Mouth has been part of the Marvel Heroes lineup since the beginning – with new animations, effects, and nine new moves added to his power set, now he’s even better! (A new Zen Deadpool costume is also available.)
PLAYABLE BLACK CAT: Voiced by Jennifer Hale, just as she was in the 1990s Spider-Man animated series, Felicia Hardy crosses our path as the game’s 55th playable character.
AGENT VENOM TEAM-UP: Once Peter’s Parker high school bully, war hero Lt. Flash Thompson now hosts the Venom symbiote, ready to serve beside you.
STEAM ACHIEVEMENTS: More than 50 achievements for those who play via Steam.
MAC OUT OF BETA: Just like it sounds.
VISUAL UPDATES: Starting with Captain America, Black Widow and Jean Grey, characters introduced with the initial launch of Marvel Heroes will be brought up to the more realistic visual standards of newer characters. Visual Updates for older character models will continue moving forward.
LEADERBOARDS: The most dedicated players will be recognized, as new Leaderboards begin to be continually added. Tournaments and Seasons will grow out of this eventually, as well.
The Danger Room is now online and fully operational in Marvel Heroes 2015!
Danger Room is an all-new endgame activity featuring randomized levels, missions, bosses, hazards, and region-wide modifiers that make each and every run feel different from the last! Danger Room Scenarios, a new type of item drop, can be used to create instanced, multi-stage simulations for you to explore, completing objectives and clearing your way to the boss.
Test yourself in the Danger Room solo, or team up with your friends to tackle some of the most difficult challenges yet!
For the full details on the new Danger Room game mode, check out the Danger Room FAQ
DANGER ROOM EVENT
With the launch of Danger Room, we’ll be running a server-side experience bonus of +100% starting today!
In addition, each day we’ll be granting a login gift of Danger Room Scenarios so you can jump right into the action!
These bonuses will run until the next game update.
Magik joins the hero roster of Marvel Heroes 2015!
Queen of Limbo and wielder of the powerful Soulsword, Illyana Rasputin - sister of the X-Man known as Colossus - was born with the mutant power to create portals through time and space. These portals pass through the alternate dimension Otherplace, also known as Limbo, a realm of grotesque demons and dark magic. This link to Otherplace allows her magical abilities to be significantly enhanced whenever she weaves magic arts while in this alternate dimension, but her mastery over magic has grown over time allowing her to cast powerful spells even while here on Earth.
Magik is a Mental damage hero that can cut down her foes with her Soulsword, summon a legion of demons from Limbo to fight by her side, and cast a variety of incantations to destroy her enemies or enhance her own fighting abilities. Particularly potent magic reserves a portion of her unique resource called Command, and this resource can be allocated in a variety of ways to customize Magik’s powers to fit your playstyle.
Illyana is a force to be reckoned with in any dimension, and now she joins the world of Marvel Heroes to stop those that tamper with forces beyond their understanding before it damages the fabric of reality itself!
Defense & Dodge Changes
The defensive systems in Marvel Heroes have been revamped with the goal of making defensive itemization more rewarding, noticeably impacting your survivability when you make the choice to equip a defensive item such as Shield of Perseus.
We’ve created a massive thread with the philosophies behind why the changes were made, a further breakdown of the math behind the system, and a list of all relevant changes to powers and items. That thread can be found HERE. The most important features of this system update are:
Enemy damage lowered 40% across all of Marvel Heroes
Dodge once again mitigates 100% of damage when you successfully dodge an attack
A new stat, “Deflect Rating”, has been introduced. This rating increases your chance to ‘deflect’ an attack, reducing damage by 50%. The affix has replaced Projectile Deflection Chance, but works for all attacks - not just projectiles.
All hero defensive passives have been adjusted to include two of the three defensive stats: Defense, Deflect, or Dodge Rating. The two layers a hero has by default also come with a multiplier to those ratings, so further itemizing their core defensive stats will have increased effect. Some heroes have received additional changes to their defensive mechanics, such as heroes with ‘Shield’ effects. For a full list, see the linked thread.
As a result of the changes to base defensive passives and the calculations, some players who did not itemize for any survivability may notice their character sheet mitigation listing a lower value. This is expected, as enemy damage was lowered. A lower floor and a higher ceiling means that each defensive item can increase the effectiveness by a higher amount. Overall incoming damage has been reduced, even if your character sheet mitigation is lower than it was prior to the patch.
Many items and some Omega nodes have been updated to offer more defensive stats, and more will come with future updates.
X-Giving starts today, and ends Saturday November 28th at 12:01 AM!
During this Thanksgiving Event, all the following events will be running simultaneously:
We've made sure to decorate for the occasion and the Avengers Tower hub has been covered in Halloween decorations including cobwebs, pumpkins and candy bowls. Some prankster even TP'd the Quinjet!
Our festive events include:
Cosmic Chaos - Cosmic Worldstones and Worldstone Caches will be dropping, and you'll have a doubled leveling rate for Cosmic Prestige!
Operation Omega - Complete Shared Quests and Coulson's mission to get Omega Drives, and gain Omega Orbs 24% faster!
A.R.M.O.R. Incursion - Collect A.R.M.O.R. Drives and find Intel buffs! Serverside XP, RIF, and SIF will be set to 100%!
Play with the Devs - Check the official forums for the schedule for playing with the devs, which will be posted later today (11/24)!
Daily Login gift - Log in every day for an X-Giving gift!
Kitty Pryde was your average 13 year old girl from Illinois when her powers began manifesting. Able to "phase" her body and anything she touches through solid matter, Kitty's been connected to the X-Men since the first time her powers came to light. Though her powers were originally considered passive, Kitty has learned to use them in various waves to save her friends and even the world! Not content with just a sharp wit and awesome power set, Kitty Pryde also possesses masterful knowledge of martial arts (thanks to an adventure with Wolverine) as well as a fire-breathing pet alien dragon, Lockheed!
Our 51st playable character, Kitty Pryde, otherwise known as Shadowcat has phased into Marvel Heroes 2015!
Kitty Pryde is a Physical / Energy hero who largely fights from melee range, leveraging her mutant ability to phase through solid objects, but can still deal some damage from range with the help of her friend Lockheed!
NEW TEAM-UP: SUNSPOT
Sunspot joins the Team-Up roster of Marvel Heroes 2015!
The billionaire businessman from Brazil, Roberto da Costa’s mutant ability allows his body to absorb pure solar energy. Able to channel this energy at will, Bobby assumes a powerful solar form which grants him incredible strength and the ability to project solar energy to scorch his enemies. Supervillains be warned, sunscreen won’t help - if you mess with Sunspot, you’re going to get burned!
Full patch notes featuring many more details about the above:
Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes of the U.S. Marine Corps has fought and bled for his country. But it was his friendship to Tony Stark that opened Rhodey up to the most difficult battles of his life. Tony Stark, the Invincible Iron Man, was feeling less than invincible when a dark time continually interfered with his superheroics. Donning the Iron Man suit while Tony got his life back together, Rhodey demonstrated an aptitude for Stark-built armor that would eventually inspire Tony to launch the lieutenant colonels career as the one man army: War Machine!
War Machine is a Physical damage hero with a plethora of melee & range options allowing you to dictate the rules of engagement. Like Iron Man, War Machine utilizes an advanced suit of armor based on StarkTech technology - but while they may look similar on the outside, War Machine's suit is custom-designed to live up to the name!
NEW TEAM-UP: CARNAGE
Carnage joins the Team-Up roster for Marvel Heroes 2015! Cletus Kasady’s run-in with an alien symbiote during a prison breakout changed his life forever, merging with the symbiote to become the agent of chaos now known as Carnage. Capable of forming the surface of the symbiote into all manner of deadly weapons to satisfy his appetite for destruction, one would be wise to exercise caution, though he is currently willing to work for the side of good… at least for now.
52 REVIEW: CABLE & NEW COSTUME
Cable's design review fleshes him out more and takes greater advantage of his background in the Marvel comics universe. He's no longer just a guy with a gun, but instead has viable ways to play him that take advantage of his psionic abilities and his lesser-known use of a psimitar. For more details about Cable’s Level 52 Review, head over to our Cable Level 52 preview forum post! He's also got a brand new costume just for this occasion, his Marvel NOW! costume is now available.
The STASH system has received an overhaul in this patch, with an updated user interface that gives you more customization and convenience. Any S.T.A.S.H. tab in the list can be clicked and dragged to a new position to reorganize the list however you see fit. General S.T.A.S.H. tabs can be edited with a custom name, icon, and background color so you can easily customize your STASH to suit your sorting preferences and much more.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Fortune Card
In celebration of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s 50th Anniversary, we’re introducing a brand new S.H.I.E.L.D. Fortune Card! This new fortune card includes some amazing new S.H.I.E.L.D. related exclusives such as the R.O.B. pet, as well as S.H.I.E.L.D. specific costumes for Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, a variant for Spider-Woman Team-Up, visual artifacts and more!
MYSTIC MYSTERY BOOST
Some clever players solved our first Mystic Mystery achievement - which means the 63% XP, SIF and RIF bonuses from Mystic Mayhem are extended an additional 24 hours! This is in addition to the A.R.M.O.R Incursion event XP bonus listed below.
This week’s event is the A.R.M.O.R. Incursion! During the A.R.M.O.R. Incursion event a 100% XP bonus is active! This bonus is applied server-side and is further multiplied by other XP boosts you may have active. All the details about the A.R.M.O.R. Incursion event can be found in our A.R.M.O.R. Incursion Event Details Forum Post!
Full patch notes featuring many more details about the above:
GET SMALL Just like the new Ant-Man feature film and comics, Marvel Heroes 2015's Ant-Man has a number of powers that allow him to rapidly shrink in size. From tiny uppercuts that knock opponents up to amazingly fast punches and kicks, Ant-Man hits far harder than his tiny size. He also changes dynamically when using his powers, so you get the feel of Ant-Man's rapid size-changing capabilities.
GET STRONG We spent a long time trying to figure out what to do with Ant-Man's synergies. As a commander of ants we toyed around with stats to do with summoning, but we ultimately came up with an entirely new level 50 synergy that we hope you'll love: +1 Strength. That's right, if you level up Ant-Man to 50 you get +1 Strength for all your heroes if you take his synergy. Tap into the hidden strength of the ant!
GET LEGIONS OF FOLLOWERS Ant-Man wouldn't be worthy of the name if he didn't have the ability to command his insect legions. To this end players can summon up to 10,000 ants just by fighting, and then "spend" the ants on powers such as "Fistful of Ants," which creates a giant fist of ants and smashes your opponents. One by one they may not be powerful, but under your command these insects really ruin the bad guys' day.
Consolidated Difficulty Modes
The Story section of the game has had difficulty modes consolidated such that players will level from 1 through 60 by completing the story. To make grouping easier, there is no longer the concept of Normal/Heroic/Superheroic difficulties during Story Mode. For questions, visit our FAQ
Odin’s Bounty Returns
Odin's Bounty features an amazing bonus loot game mode rotation. However, instead of bosses having boosted loot, they will now drop Chests of Odin's Bounty. These chests are loot boxes that you can collect and then open later for an epic lootsplosion! Chests of Odin's Bounty have a high chance to contain Runes and Odin Marks, as well as a chance to drop the Mysterious Crimson Box, which contains rare boss-specific artifacts. Odin's Bounty Boosts are back as well and now include an increased jackpot chance! Check out the full rotation schedule.
Vote for the 2nd Unannounced Hero of 2015!
We've got one last unannounced playable Hero left in 2015 and we want you to be a part of the decision! Choose from Green Goblin, Magik, Ms. Marvel (Kamala Kahn), Nick Fury, Spider-Man (Miles Morales), and Wasp! Vote today at our Fan Vote!
Our second anniversary celebration has ended and even after a full month of in-game festivities, the game continues to bring the party to you. Starting the morning of July 8th, all who play the game will automatically be participating in the Marvel Heroes 2015 $25,000 Giveaway – a game-wide event featuring five incredibly rare Vibranium Ticket drops, each worth $5,000 US. That’s right, just by playing regularly, players will have a chance to win $5,000!
Any winners who have come forward by Friday, July 10, will be congratulated publicly at Gazillion’s Marvel Heroes 2015 San Diego Comic-Con panel that day at 6:00 p.m. PDT in Room 25ABC.
No purchase necessary to enter or win. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., Canada (excl. Quebec), Germany, France, United Kingdom and Australia, who are of legal age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, and at least 18. Odds of winning a prize during the Giveaway Period depend on the number of players at time of Vibranium Ticket drop. 5 Prizes: US$5,000 each (approximately €4,452.46) (approximately CAD $6,174.93). Legal residents of Canada only: Math skill-test required. Giveaway ends 11:59 p.m. ET 08/31/15 (5:59 a.m. GMT+2 on 09/01/15). By entering this Giveaway, you agree to the transfer of your personal data to the USA to the marketing department of the Sponsor in order to centrally manage the Giveaway. The Sponsor relies on the exception of Article 69 of the Computer and Liberties Act dated 6 January 1978 (the contract is entered into between us in your interest). Void outside area listed and where prohibited. By emailing Customer Service to determine if you are eligible to claim the prize, you are agreeing to the Official Rules, available on our Official Rules Page.