Marvel Heroes: villain advance pack comes in $129.99 & $99.99 flavours, has no release date

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:51 GMT By Dave Cook

Marvel Heroes developer Gazillion Entertainment has started offering players the chance to pre-purchase an advance pack of playable villains and other treats in both $129.99 and $99.99 variaties. The catch is that none of the content has a release date, and some elements could launch as late as 2015.

We were contacted about this one via Gazillion itself, in a press release bigging up the addition of classic villains such as Venom, Juggernaut and Magneto, starting in 2014.

Over at the Marvel Heroes site, you’ll find that the roster of villains in the $129.99 and $99.99 advance pack are as as follows:

  • Dr. Strange
  • Juggernaut
  • Magneto
  • Moon Knight
  • Nightcrawler
  • Psylocke
  • Silver Surfer
  • Star-Lord
  • Sue Storm
  • Venom

Each character comes with two costumes, and there’s also a slew of fortunes cards and S.T.A.S.H. tabs bundled in both packs. The $129.99 pack’s estimated value – according to Gazillion – comes in at $425, while the $99.99 pack includes the same characters, but comes with fewer add-ons. It’s said to be worth $215.00.

The packs appear to offer quite a saving. However, a glance at the small print reveals that none of this content is dated, and will only be doled out to you as and when it’s ready.

The information section reads, “The order the heroes listed here does not refer to the order they will be released in. All heroes and costumes included will be automatically delivered to you, in game, on their official sales date. You will also automatically receive each hero’s Stash tab on the official sales date.”

The same goes for Fortune Cards Mark 4, 5, and 6 which, “will be delivered as they are input into the game and currently do not have a set date.”

Lastly, this line suggests that some of the content won’t launch until 2015, “Release dates on heroes and costumes included in this pack are to be determined, but are very likely to occur throughout 2014 and early 2015.

It’s a similar method of content delivery to a DLC season pass, but at greater cost and with less clarity regarding release dates.

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