Hulk Bug Smash: Marvel Heroes Beta Sign-Ups Open

And that's when Flynn BargainBaddie realized he was, in fact, pointing a gun directly at the Incredible Hulk. He would later regret that it took him so long. He would later regret so, so many things.

The more I see of Marvel Heroes, the more I dig what it’s attempting. It’s taking the Diablo formula into full-blown MMO territory (sans Diablo III’s “is it, or isn’t it?” waffling) and letting us loose in the Marvel universe without forcing us to knit our own totally-not-Wolverine costumes. We get to be all the heroes; we get to hack ‘n’ slash ‘n’ Hulk Smash all the baddies. Will it have long-term staying power? At this point, who knows? But now, you can take the first step in finding out by signing up for Marvel Heroes’ closed beta. A word of warning, though: it’s no glorified demo.

In a post inviting fans to register for the soon-to-kick-off closed beta, community director Stephen Reid explained Gazillion’s stance on beta testing:

“Notice I did say ‘testing’ and not ‘play a demo’ or ‘play the game early’. When we say ‘Closed Beta’ it means that you’re testing unfinished software. Marvel Heroes is still in active development, and everyone who applies for Closed Beta should realize, quite simply, that it’s not done. We hope you’ll enjoy playing, but we also hope you’ll help us make the game even better with great constructive feedback and dedicated testing. Taking part in a Closed Beta can sometimes be more like work than play – but it’s a unique chance to see a game taking shape, and to get an insight into development.”

Registering, meanwhile, involves simply creating an account on Marvel Heroes’ website, filling out a survey, and waiting for Nick Fury to show up in your most personal and intimate of settings at a horrendously inopportune moment with a vaguely threatening invitation. He’s such a rascal, that one.

The first batch of invites will apparently be pretty limited, so make sure to emphasize (read: lie) that you only think DC’s villains are a little bit more interesting. This beta’s got a pretty substantial life ahead of it, though, so Gazillion added that “over time we’ll be adding many more people to Closed Beta, so there’s a really good chance that if you want to get in, you’ll be able to at some point.”

So then, have patience, diligence, vigilance, and any other -ance, -ence, ants, or ents you might require. Well, if you’re interested in participating, anyway. Are you? Is Marvel Heroes up your seedy, crime-infested alley?


  1. Suits says:

    It’s up my ant-infested hallway

  2. f1x says:

    Definitely not a bad idea, but more interesting if they go beyond the ARPG reskinned with superheros

    For example: What about combos between caracthers in co-op? get your ironman close to hulk and press X while hulk press mouse2 to perform an attack together, yeah simple old thing that should be done more complex, but what I mean is that the potential is there, if they go beyond it can be a blast

  3. JoeGuy says:

    Marvel MMOARPG sounds pretty decent. Signed up for the beta. Now… to get back to Torchlight II and Borderlands 2 because I just haven’t been enough of a privateering capitalist for my own good. I needs moarrrr loot before XCOM: EU is out!

  4. lowprices says:

    The trailers so far have made the game look a bit, well… shit. I’ve signed up because I want this to be great, because I love the idea of a context I can make Squirrel Girl and Deadpool go on adventures together. If it’s still in development then maybe there’s still time to improve it.

  5. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    I find it oddly appropriate that Iron Man is in the bicycle lane in the title picture.

    Hulk clearly drives on the left, as does Hawkeye. Captain America is in for a shock because he’s trying to use the wrong side of the road – he’s likely to get pulled over and breathalyzed for that. The Black Widow is sensibly walking on the pavement.


  6. MythArcana says:

    Out of the frying pan and into the fire…again. No thanks.

  7. hypercrisis says:

    The Ultimate Alliance games were quite on a joy, so heres hoping they capture some of that fun here.

  8. InternetBatman says:

    Marvel has the best villain by far: Magneto. As interesting villains go DC pretty much has the Joker, and that’s about it.

    • LionsPhil says:

      When done well, the Joker is pretty darn great, though.

    • JoeGuy says:

      I like Edward Nigma and Lex Luthor too. They have nice story arcs and and Lex especially really contrasts Superman pretty well.

    • wu wei says:

      He’s not so much a villain anymore. Marvel have recently re-cast the Magento/Xavier dispute to be between Cyclops & Wolverine, with Cyclops as very much the most hated mutant in the world right now.

      Kieron Gillen’s work on AvX was incredible, giving us the only real insight into Cyclops’ behaviour. It’s been a great read all up, though, and I highly recommend it to anyone who’s a fan of Avengers or X-Men from any medium. If you know who Jean Grey was and what the Phoenix is, you’re good to go.

      • MacTheGeek says:

        My inner Rocky Horror audience member wants to know…

        … what the fuck’s a Magento?

  9. ShatteredAwe says:

    Ok, so CoH closes down… and this Beta starts…..

    Anyone else see a coincidence?