Marvel Heroes is free-to-play, you can pay anyway

Marvel Heroes is a free-to-play MMO on the way from Gazillion, due out a little later this year. While you don’t have to pay to play, the developers are offering you plenty of ways that you can, with today’s big reveal of three Founders Packs that add chunks of extra stuff to the superhero release. How much can you pay for this “free” game? Up to US$199, should you be so inclined.

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The three tiered Founders Packs contain limited-edition digital content – favourite heroes, unique costumes, early game access and a pile of in-game cash that can be used to buy even more stuff in Marvel Heroes.

So. What’s on offer?

  • Starter – There are 16 different Starter Packs available. Each pack includes one of 16 Super Heroes to play at launch, one bonus costume for the chosen hero, US$10 of in-game currency and two days head start prior to launch. Each Starter Pack will be available for U$19.99.
  • Premium – There are seven different Premium Packs available that will come equipped with a team of four heroes from across the Marvel Universe, including X-Force, Uncanny X-Men, Marvel Knights, Avengers, Marvel NOW, Marvel Classic and a special Deadpool pack (Why? Because he made us do it). Players will also receive four bonus costumes for their team, US$30 in-game currency and four days head start prior to launch. The Premium Pack is available for US$59.99.
  • Ultimate – The optimal value of the Founders Program, the Ultimate Pack includes access to ALL heroes available in Marvel Heroes at launch, ALL launch costumes plus four Ultimate Pack exclusive costumes (Maestro Hulk, Wolverine Weapon X, Spider-Man Symbiote and the Iron Man 3 Movie Armor), US$50 in-game currency, seven days head start prior to launch, a permanent 5% experience boost, a permanent 5% item find boost, and more. The Ultimate Pack is available for US$199.99.

The man behind all of this is Diablo II visionary David Brevik, now president and chief operating officer of Gazillion.

Our team is hard at work to make sure Marvel Heroes is true to hardcore players, Marvel fans and the most casual of gamers through deep, MMO action-RPG gameplay, an expansive interactive storyline and easy-to-play experience.

We’ve built Marvel Heroes from the ground up to be a free-to-play game where players can find and collect nearly every hero and costume in the game just by playing. The Founders Program gives players the opportunity to play as their favorite hero from the day we launch in addition to enough in-game currency to buy more heroes and costumes as we release new content.

Log in to Marvel Heroes to play among the Marvel Universe as any one of a number of iconic superheroes, “including Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America and many more.” Of course, plenty of notorious supervillains will also be in the world – your task is to prevent Doctor Doom from destroying the world with the power of the Cosmic Cube.

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