Avengers, disassemble! Disney has announced that it’s shutting
down the superhero-themed social network game at the end of the month.
Disney made the announcement on its help site and the game’s Facebook
page, stating that Marvel: Avengers Alliance and Marvel: Avengers Alliance
2 are shutting down all platforms. The game has already been pulled from iOS
and Google Play, but those who already have a copy can keep fighting until
September 30. Disney’s help site says that it won’t be refunding any purchases
made via microtransaction, but players can continue using whatever items they
purchased until the game closes. As of today no additional purchases can be
Fans of the game’s Facebook iteration are particularly upset
about the news, with comment after comment calling on Disney to keep the game
up sans updates or unlock all the content until the game is shut down.
Update: Disney has passed along a statement explaining its initial goals for the series, as well as its reasoning for shutting down the game:
“For more than four
years, Marvel: Avengers Alliance has been one of DCPI’s most successful games
created for Facebook, and our hope was to continue the series with Marvel:
Avengers Alliance 2, but the title has not met our performance expectations. As
a result we have decided to focus our efforts on new game experiences.”
Disney is giving players a month’s notice to use whatever items they spent
money on, the outcry from fans is understandable. The idea that a game you
spent time and money on could just disappear one day is still a new and frustrating
phenomenon for many players.