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Marvel Heroes has great plans for you this Fourth of July weekend

Super-hero, Events (In-Game), Free-to-Play, Marvel Heroes

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Do you have a few days off this weekend for superhero action? Marvel Heroes has a trio of events lined up for players this weekend who have an abundance of time on their hands.

The main event this weekend is a "Red, White, and Loot" boost to rotating game modes. Marvel Heroes will increase loot drops between four game modes depending on the time of day. There will also be BBQ-themed drops all over the game (because HULK LOVE HOT DOG!) and an extended Soccer Showdown event that neatly coincides with the World Cup.

DC Universe Online adding League Halls this summer

Super-hero, Patches, Previews, Free-to-Play, Consoles, DC Universe Online, Housing

Just because reruns dominate the TV during the summer doesn't mean that geeks need to submit to rehashed entertainment during these months. Why, DCUO has canceled the annual family road trip to pump out a new DLC that's coming later this summer, just to keep everyone happy.

The game's 11th DLC is called Halls of Power Part 1, and it will send player heroes into a new saga looking back at the ancient past in the Fourth World. The DCUO dev team is creating five additional raids, alerts, and operations to go with the update, and players will have six new skill points to earn.

However, the crown jewel of Halls of Power Part 1 is the implementation of League Halls, which looks to be DCUO's answer to guild housing. League Halls will be added shortly before the DLC for free to all players.

[Source: SOE press release]

Marvel Heroes' super first year

Super-hero, Patches, Free-to-Play, Marvel Heroes, Anniversaries

A super first year for Marvel Heroes
In a game focused on super heroes with super powers facing super villains, you wouldn't expect a birthday bash to be just ordinary, would you? Of course not; it should be super! Gazillion agreed: Marvel Heroes just wrapped up its mega month-long first anniversary celebration this past weekend. From multiple buy-one-get-one-free offers to plentiful buffs and boosts to 365 birthday gifts for each player, the event was filled with festivities fit to bear the "super" moniker.

The celebration itself capped off a year of growth and expansion for the action RPG; the Marvel Heroes of today is not the Marvel Heroes that players logged into back in June of 2013. Even before the big release of Marvel Heroes 2015, which kicked off the anniversary festivities on June 4th, the game had already evolved quite a bit. How has it changed over the last 12 months? Let's take a hop, skip, and super leap down memory lane for a look.

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The Stream Team: Talking Marvel Heroes 2015 with David Brevik

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Want to hear about Marvel Heroes 2015 right from the source? Massively's MJ has a direct line open with CEO David Brevik to talk all about the action RPG's latest update and upcoming plans. Maybe he'll even spill which heroes players can expect to see in the future! Rumor has it there will be code giveaways as well, so join us live at 1:00 p.m. EDT to revel in super hero adventures, talk about your favorite Marvel experiences, ask any burning questions, and maybe even get free stuff!

Game: Marvel Heroes
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Monday, June 30th, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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Marvel Heroes' Brevik thanks community, touts anniversary infographic

Super-hero, MMO Industry, News Items, Free-to-Play, Marvel Heroes, Anniversaries

Marvel Heroes creator David Brevik has published a thank-you post to gamers who have made the superheroic online ARPG a success over its first year. He lauds the game's community for its unflagging support, and he also lists quite a number of improvements made over the past 12 months as well as a list of very recent and upcoming tweaks.

Oh yeah, and there's one of those spiffy infographics, too! Click past the cut to have a look.

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Silver Surfer hangs ten into Marvel Heroes

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Marvel Heroes
Is more than one color for a superhero costume maddening to your sensibilities? Do you look at caped crusaders and wonder, "If only they used beach sports equipment for physics-defying purposes?" Are you the sole die-hard fan of the second Fantastic Four movie? Then today, my friend, is your day.

Marvel Heroes has added the Silver Surfer to its in-game hero roster. The Surfer is an alien who used to work for the planet-eating Galactus but has since defected to the forces of good. The new hero has two costume options, including the Savage set, and is available to purchase either with money or Eternity Splinters.

Super Hero Squad Online brings out achievements

Super-hero, Patches, Previews, Free-to-Play, Kids, Family

The achievements are coming! Hear ye, hear he! The achievements are coming!

Sorry, we're trying a new type of news dispersal technique at Massively that involves riding around on horses and shouting at townfolk. In any case, Super Hero Squad Online is prepping a "doozy" of an update for the game, and one of the big additions that will be in it is an achievement system. According to the team, achievements "range from simple things like destroying a Troublebot to silly things like farting in the Asgard throne room to really hard things like getting an Adamantium score 1,000 times."

There will be over 5,000 achievements added to the game including destiny achievement sets that earn special rewards.

Supergirl lands in Infinite Crisis today

Super-hero, Trailers, Video, Classes, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, New Titles, PvP, News Items, Free-to-Play, MOBA, Infinite Crisis

MOBA art  > MOBA gameplay
Turbine wants you to know that it has added Supergirl to DC-based MOBA Infinite Crisis. Supergirl is a bruiser "who loves getting up close and personal," the company says via press release. Said release offers a bit of the character's backstory, but more crucial for our purposes is a three-minute gameplay video.

You can view it after the break!

[Source: Turbine press release]

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The Stream Team: Soaring through the story in Marvel Heroes and sharing costume codes

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Have you been in and experienced Marvel Heroes' big 2015 anniversary update? Massively's MJ suffered superhero withdrawals while at E3 2014 and cannot wait to get back to MH and its sweet, sweet loot. She might even have room in her inventory for it! OK, let's not get too crazy. This round, MJ will continue with more story missions on either Storm or Psylocke and take viewer votes on which hero to highlight next. Join us live at 4:00 p.m. EDT to champion for your favorite champion and for a chance at a random costume box!

Game: Marvel Heroes
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Monday, June 16th, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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Take a look at DC Universe Online's survival mode

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At first I was afraid, I was petrified - I kept thinking I could never live without you by my side.  But then I spent so many nights just thinking how you'd done me wrong, and I grew strong, I learned how to get along.  And now you're back from outer space, I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face.  I would have changed my stupid lock, I would have made you leave your key, if I'd have known for just one second you'd be back to bother me!
DC Universe Online is gearing up to make survivors out of its players. That's kind of the whole focus of the game's upcoming survival mode, which sets players against waves of enemies in a test of endurance and persistence. So what does it look like in action? Well, you can check that out in a fan video just past the break showing off 11 minutes of action in the survival mode on the test server.

The footage in question isn't the group's full run of survival mode, just a shot at a full group clearing through the first round and some of the second to give viewers a sense of how it works. There's also some mild cursing in the video, so you might not want to turn your speakers up to full if you're watching this at work. But if you haven't jumped on the test server and you want to see what it'll be like to stand against the hordes as long as you can, just jump on past the break.

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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
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

Betas, Super-hero, Patches, Marvel Heroes, MOBA

Marvel Heroes
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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