Disney announces shutdown of 'Marvel: Avengers Alliance' games
Disney Interactive announced it will discontinue the Marvel: Avengers Alliance video game and its sequel in September, mere months after the launch of Avengers Alliance 2.
“Today we are announcing the shutdown of Marvel: Avengers Alliance and Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2 on all platforms, including the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, Windows Phone Store, and Facebook,” reads a statement released on Thursday. “Beginning today, we are no longer accepting new purchases or downloads, but the games will be available to play until September 30, 2016.”
Disney added, “We greatly appreciate the passion and support of all our players. This was a difficult decision, but we plan to focus our efforts on new games for our fans and community. Thank you for playing.”
According to the site’s FAQ section explaining the reason for shutting down the games, “The decision was difficult to make, but we feel it’s best to focus our energy and resources into making new games and digital experiences for our fans and community.”
However, a Disney rep told GameSpot, “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.”
The game’s main storyline featured a mysterious force landing on earth, prompting a team-up of Marvel’s heroes to harness its power before the world’s most notorious villains can get their hands on it.
Earlier in May, Disney announced the shutdown of its other major video game series featuring Marvel characters, Disney Infinity, after the company shut down its internal game studio, Avalanche.