I haven’t played Marvel Heroes much since the beta. Not because I don’t want to, just because I have too many games to play! I plan to play some tonight after reading this announcement. Either that, or my penny-bought Metro Last Light, maybe both.
If you don’t already know, Heroes are purchasable from the cash shop. You start the game with the choice of a few different heroes to begin with, without having to spend any money. The free choices are: Hawkeye, Daredevil, Storm, Scarlet Witch, and Thing. Not a bad starting line-up without putting a dime into the game. You can either buy heroes from the in-game cash shop or keep slaughtering villains until they drop for you.
The current drop rate might be decent, but apparently it’s not satisfactory enough for the players or even the developers of the game. David Brevik, President of Gazillion Entertainment has announced a new system that will allow players an even easier way to get heroes without spending real money. And, it won’t only be based on luck.
A new token system is going to be implemented. They are calling these new tokens, “Eternity Splinter”. These will be random drops from any mob in the game. They will be used as currency to buy heroes of your choice! What isn’t clear to me is if this new system is replacing the old one entirely. I think it would be cool to still be able to get random hero drops, on top of the new Eternity Splinters. But, I imagine the current system will be replaced. They are going to test the system before implementing it, so it’ll probably still be awhile. Players will be able to participate, as a Test Server is currently in the works. Once that server goes live, players will be able to jump in and help them work out the kinks with the Splinters. Very cool.
David Breviks Blog Post was a very nice read. Informative, and personable. He seems like a very nice guy and I get the impression he really cares about the players.