Images of the canceled Marvel MMO revealed online

ByJose A. York

May 29, 2022

Footage from the recently canceled Marvel Comics MMO Online Surface, giving fans a glimpse of how they would have customized their characters.


It’s no surprise that superhero media is one of the most popular and profitable forms of entertainment. The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of, if not the defining example of this success. This success carried over to some of the video games that carried the Marvel Comics brand, with games like Insomniac’s Spider Man and wonder Ultimate Alliance 3 to be critical and commercial successes. In 2021, it was planned to adapt the brand into a Marvel MMO video game, developed by Daybreak Games.

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Daybreak Games is best known for DC Universe Online, a similar superhero MMO based on the DC Comics property. Along with a number of other MMO projects, such as Planet 2 and EverQuest, the studio had a lot of notoriety. For the developer to now work on such a big and successful IP as Marvel was seen as a good fit, with a lot of anticipation behind the game. That was until many fans were caught off guard by the announcement. recent shutdown of the Marvel MMO project.

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According to a recent investor meeting with EG7, the parent company of Daybreak Games, the Marvel MMO was canceled due to development costs exceeding expected sales success. With this announcement going public, an artist who previously worked on the project, Ramiro Galan, revealed a set of concept art and screens to be used for the title.

These images resemble what the player would have seen when first starting the Marvel MMO, with character customization taking center stage. These images show the possibility of choosing between factions like the Avengers, the Fantastic Four or the X-Men with the superpowers they could wield. A number of elements of the character’s appearance can be changed, such as gender, build, hair, head style, and more. The hero created in this art shows an electricity-wielding superhero who joins the X-Men, showing potential ways to create their character.

According to Galan, the focus was on bold colors while using stylistic tones. This would give the game a contrasting bold cartoon art style, with Galan noting that it paid homage to Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. This might disappoint fans even more, given that an MMO using the same art style and presentation of that movie could have been a promising game. Unfortunately, the amount of time and work required to maintain such a game was not something that EG7 and Daybreak Games could take advantage of and spread the planned investment over other smaller projects.

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