Marvel Universe Online Officially Canceled
You might remember way back in November, there were rumors that a first party Microsoft game had been canned. We initially worried that it might be the new Banjo game, but Rare denied that was the case. Then we reported that it looked like Marvel Universe Online was actually the canceled title. Turns out we were right, as Shane Kim confirmed to MTV Multiplayer that the game is no longer in development.
“I’ll confirm,” Kim said, “Marvel and we have agreed to end development on the MMO. It was an amicable decision…. 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.”
“I don’t think it’s necessarily a case of what went wrong,” he continued. “I don’t know that that’s the right way to put it. For us we look at our priorities and all of the things we have to do. It’s a tough space. It’s a very competitive space. And it’s a space that’s changing quite a bit. …When we first entered into the development and agreement of the development of ‘Marvel Universe Online,’ we thought we would create another subscription-based MMO. And if you really look at the data there’s basically one that’s successful and everything else wouldn’t meet our level or definition of commercial success. And then you have to look [and say]: ‘Can we change the business model for that? Is that really viable given how far we are in development? And so forth. Does Marvel want to do that?’ There’s a whole bunch of factors.”
This marks the second MMO to get the boot under Kim’s watch – the first being True Fantasy Live Online, a game that many were quite excited for. However, Kim said that “if the right opportunity came along,” he wouldn’t hesitate to give it the go ahead.