Marvel Super Hero Squad Online

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Marvel Super Hero Squad Online
Marvel Super Hero Squad Online - Promotional Comic.jpg
Promotional comic distributed as free handout during E3 2010.[1]
Cover motif is a pastiche on Secret Wars #1.
Series Marvel Super Hero Squad
Engine Unity
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, macOS
Release April 29, 2011 (US Beta)[2]
November 4, 2011 (Europe Beta)
November 1, 2012 (Server Merge)
Genre(s) Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

Marvel Super Hero Squad Online was a massively multiplayer online game for younger audiences based on the Marvel Super Hero Squad. The open beta version of the game was released on April 29, 2011[2] (although a closed beta was released in early 2011).[3] It was a free-to-play game that supported both microtransactions of its in-game currency and a monthly subscription.

Players collected heroes to form their own Squad. They were able to choose a hero from their Squad to play in a number of games and activities. As they played, the heroes increased not only their power in combat, but unlocked animated emotes[4] for use in the social game world zones.

Marvel Super Hero Squad Online was the first MMO game developed in Gazillion's and Marvel's 10-year exclusive game publishing agreement. The second was Marvel Heroes.

On October 11, 2016 it was revealed that Super Hero Squad Online will be shutting down in January 2017.[5] On January 11, 2017, Super Hero Squad Online was shut down.

Gameplay[edit]

Marvel Super Hero Squad Online had alternate controls, in which with one click the player could move from one place to another, or using the arrow keys or the traditional W, A, S, D keys on a keyboard. Selected characters could fly by pressing on blue circles on the ground. If the character was unable to fly, that character could have a double jump or a high/long jump. Points were separated into two compartments, gold and fractals. Gold points could be used to buy anything, while fractals also allowed a player to buy anything. However, fractals could be earned over time in game while gold had to be purchased with real money in the store. Many characters from the Marvel Universe appeared in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online in a traditional Super Hero Squad "super-deformed" style.

Missions had a beat 'em up style where players had to defeat a massive amount of enemies to reach the final boss.

Game World Areas were separated as zones. Zones included the Daily Bugle, Baxter Building, and Asgard[6] with all having taken a small portion of Spider-Man's, the Fantastic Four's, and Thor's home locations. Additionally, Villainville was made available for players to visit, as a zone.[7][8]

A collectible card game was made available to play in early August 2011.[9] An arcade was developed where players could play as Deadpool, She-Hulk, Black Panther, Daredevil, Captain America, Thor, Doctor Strange and Jean Grey in selected mini-games. Two characters such as Deadpool and She-Hulk were featured in each mini-game. An achievement system was released that allowed players to complete several challenges such as greeting other players, buying new heroes, beating missions or card game quests. Each challenge completed awarded the player fractals, and a new hero. The game was released in Europe on November 4, 2011. On November 1, 2012, the European server was merged with the North American server and expanded to encompass more European countries.

Characters[edit]

There were 196 playable characters as of October 11, 2016.

Playable Characters
Mission Bosses
  • ^a Only available to monthly subscribers.
  • ^b Only available after purchasing a one-year subscription.
  • ^c Only available after purchasing the $95.95 gold bundle.
  • ^d Only available through the in-game achievement system.
  • ^e Only available through the in-game crafting system.
  • ^f Only available through an in-game Mystery Box purchase.
  • ^g Rotation character. Only available periodically for a limited time.

Development[edit]

The game was developed using the Unity engine, so that it was playable on any web browser on both Microsoft Windows and macOS computers. The first debut trailer for Marvel Super Hero Squad Online was released on June 9, 2010.[10] Marvel Super Hero Squad Online originally did not feature audio for the voice of the characters. An update was released on February 10, 2012 featuring all the characters to have some sort of voice. Over 3000 lines were recorded.

The game was AMD Eyefinity validated.[11]

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