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Marvel Heroes is adding dual specs

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If superheroes have dual identities, why not player characters? Marvel Heroes is leaning this way, which is why Gazillion is working on a dual spec feature for the game.

"We have dual spec coming sometime in the next eight weeks [or] so," the devs posted on the forum. "The current plan is to offer everyone a free second spec that they can use for PVP or anything else (raiding, solo, groups, different builds, etc). Currently the UI for it is being designed, then we'll get the back end server systems set up for it and put it on test center."

Marvel Heroes begins Mac open beta

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The Mac open beta for Marvel Heroes started yesterday, welcoming a new community of wanna-be superheroes into the fold.

The open beta includes all of the content that PC players get, including the recent Battle of Muspelheim raid. Gazillion is selling two special packages to go with the beta that include heroes and costumes. The packs are available for purchase by both PC and Mac players.

Currently, Marvel Heroes is celebrating its first anniversary with a month-long in-game celebration.

Marvel Heroes celebrates its first anniversary

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Marvel Heroes turns one year old today and it's throwing itself a fabulous birthday party. Don't worry: You're all invited as well.

Gazillion is handing out an anniversary gift per day per account for players level 30 or higher who log in and talk to a special NPC. In addition, the team has toggled the server to boost XP, RIF, SIF, and cosmic chest rewards by 50%.

Marvel Heroes has big plans coming up later this month, including achievements, login rewards, the Silver Surfer, and a special surprise.

The Stream Team: Celebrating Marvel Heroes' anniversary with a dev and gifts

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Marvel Heroes is celebrating its anniversary this week, and Massively's MJ is inviting you to the party. Also attending is Ryan Collins (AKA Ryolnir), a font of knowledge for all things Marvel Heroes and the game's community manager. And what's a party without gifts? We'll have special codes available! Got questions about the upcoming Marvel Heroes 2015 or the Mac beta? Come get answers as well as gifts. Join us live at 4:00 p.m. EDT to enjoy some superhero action and maybe walk away with a special something just for coming.

Game: Marvel Heroes
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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Marvel Heroes celebrates Mac open beta, releases Surtur trailer

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Marvel Heroes is celebrating the upcoming Mac open beta with two new content packs: the Mini and Pro Pack.

The Mini Pack includes four heroes, eight costumes, five iBoosts, and four of each Fortune Card. The Pro Pack includes eight heroes, exclusive Iron Man Armor, 21 costumes, two team-ups, 15 iBoosts, pet mini Dragon Man, six of each Fortune Card, the Mac Pro Founder forum title, and Iron Man Guardians of the Galaxy White Variant avatar.

These packs will be available to both PC and Mac players. The advance and exclusive content will be available at a later unannounced date. Gazillion says that the Mac open beta is coming "very soon." Gazillion has also launched a new Surtur trailer that previews content coming later this month! View it after the break.

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The Stream Team: Starting out as Psylocke in Marvel Heroes

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When it comes to Marvel Heroes, gamers definitely have a variety of superheroes to play. And just yesterday a telekinetic ninja joined the roster. That's right, Psylocke is now available! Although still a big fan of Storm, Massively's MJ is going to be giving Psylocke's powers a spin (and most likely destroying as many things as possible!). Come check out this newest hero and get a little gift as well. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. and take advantage of a special code that is available to all Massively viewers.

Game: Marvel Heroes
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Saturday, May 24th, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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Sentinel siege going on right now in Marvel Heroes

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Siege of the Sentinels is happening now in Marvel Heroes! The towering baddies are spawning randomly throughout Gazillion's action RPG, and they'll be doing so through next week's patch. After you take a few down, you can bring looted Sentinel Parts to Hank Pym and you'll eventually be able to craft a couple of new items, according to Gazillion's announcement blurb.

The devs have also buffed up X-Mansion loot and released Psylocke as a playable hero available in the game's cash shop. If you don't want to pony up for Psylocke or grind shards to unlock her, you can watch Massively's MJ stream her live on May 24th at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

Marvel Heroes introduces One-Shots!

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In this issue, CAPTAIN AMERICA takes on the HOARY HOSTS of HYDRA in the HILLS of HOLLAND!
Greetings, True Believers! If you've been enjoying the scintillating storyline swiftly strung throughout Marvel Heroes, you're no doubt happy at the thought of more tantalizing tales of heroes and villains. But when the game is built on a broad base of boundless maps and mazes, where could the writers weave a web of wonder without damaging the delicate designs of Doom's decisive defeat? Why, the answer is simple -- it's time for the game to embrace the might Marvel One-Shot!

One-Shots are episodes carefully crafted to comic concerns, focused on isolated incidents rather than breaking up the flow of the central narrative structure. The first one pits heroes against the sinister schemes of Man-Ape as he seeks to subdue the people of Wakanda and ruin the regency of Wakanda's rightful ruler, Black Panther. Any hero of level 20 or above who's cheering for a change of pace can pick up the One-Shot by selecting the Terminal from any waypoint, so by all means, jump in the next time you're in the game. Excelsior!

Marvel Heroes hosting Bounty Hunter Week

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Marvel Heroes Bounty Hunter week
If you're having gift box withdrawals following the conclusion of last week's Marvel Heroes event extravaganza, you'll be happy to know that the devs are kicking off something called Bounty Hunter Week starting May 9th.

The festivities involve obtaining A.R.M.O.R. research drives and then turning them in to a special vendor in exchange for new uniques, artifacts, Ghost Boxes, and costume cores. Login gifts are back, too, as everyone showing up on May 10th will get a Bounty Hunter box while everyone who plays on May 11th will get a Mother's Day gift.

Not So Massively: Project Legion's reveal, Star Citizen's $43M mark, and Hearthstone's F2P model

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Welcome back to No So Massively, where every Monday we round up the highlights from the past week in the world of MOBAs, roguelikes, MMOTCGs, and other games that aren't quite MMOs.

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The Stream Team: Reveling in wanton city destruction in Marvel Heroes

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Do you ever just get the urge to participate in some wanton destruction once in a while? That makes Marvel Heroes a life- and pocketbook-saver; Massively's MJ can disintegrate hotdog carts, chuck cars, and make everything around her explode -- all without having the corresponding property damage bill! And she gets to fly to boot. What more could you ask for? Join her live in game and in chat at 3:00 p.m. and revel in the power of demolition.

Game: Marvel Heroes
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Monday, May 5th, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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The Daily Grind: Have you ever been put off by double XP?

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Marvel Heroes - Storm and Professor X inside Cerebro
Marvel Heroes features a bunch of firsts for me. It's my first prolonged exposure to the Marvel universe. It's the first ARPG I've enjoyed, and it's the first game that's kind of annoyed me with its promotional XP bonuses. Let me explain.

I hate leveling in MMOs. I don't play MMOs for leveling or progression and 99 percent of the time these tropes act as timesinks that get in the way of what I actually want to do in a virtual world. So, normally I love, love, love double XP. Well, last week in Marvel Heroes I was blowing through the levels so fast that I ended up way ahead of the story in terms of level-specific areas. I want to play through the story once, enjoy it, and then go about speed leveling, trying all the other characters, etc. But that was almost impossible to do since I couldn't log in without levels and loot bags hitting my character in the face!

Anyway, it's my own fault for starting the game during a promotional period, and I'm not really complaining as much as I'm looking to start a discussion topic. So, how about it, Massively readers? Do XP bonuses ever seem counterproductive or annoying, or is it just me?

Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

Marvel Heroes makes visible the Invisible Woman

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Marvel Heroes today revealed new playable character Invisible Woman, though I suppose we'll have to just take the studio's word for it since, you know, she can turn invisible.
Sue Storm is the latest member of the Fantastic Four to be added to the roster and joins her brother, Johnny Storm the Human Torch, and Thing in Marvel Heroes. Able to bend light surrounding her to create force fields for both defensive and offensive use, she is informally known as the most powerful member due to the limitless potential of her powers.
Gazillion has provided Massively's readers with a special code for a mystery gift in the game: RUNE3. It expires Saturday morning at 2:59 a.m. EST, so if you want some mystery, use it quickly.

The studio also announced the start of Rune Week, an event that implements brand-new rune types and doubles rune drop rates across the game.

[Source: Gazillion press release]

The Daily Grind: Has an MMO ever sparked your interest in its IP?

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IP-based MMOs are a big draw, as games like Star Wars: The Old Republic, Lord of the Rings Online, DC Universe Online and even World of Warcraft have shown us. Clearly these IP-based games have brought pre-existing fans of said IPs into the MMO fold. Does that work in reverse, though?

It's working in my case, as my current addiction to Marvel Heroes has caused me to purchase a few X-Men comic books. What about you, Massively readers? Has an IP-based MMO ever sparked your interest in an IP?

Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

The Daily Grind: Who's your favorite Marvel Heroes hero?

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Marvel Heroes - Nightcrawler and Storm
I'm having a hard time picking a main character in Marvel Heroes. I started out with Storm, then F2P guilt intervened so I ponied up for Nightcrawler. Then I got a free Spider-man as a result of Gazillion's 10-month anniversary promotional shindig which only added to my indecision.

It's a good problem to have, though, and I guess for now I'll go with Nightcrawler because, well, teleporting. What about you, Marvel Heroes players? Who's your favorite and why?

Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

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