Marvel introduced right this moment that its Comixology-operated Marvel Comics app is shutting down this June. Luckily, comedian followers who purchased points within the app can entry them within the firm’s self-operated Marvel Limitless app. The shutdown comes a number of months after layoffs at Amazon (Comixology’s proprietor since 2014) reportedly hit the comedian storefront particularly arduous.
The Marvel Comics app will shut down on June 2nd. Precisely one month earlier than that — Might 2nd — is the cutoff date for brand spanking new purchases within the previous app. Any purchases made as much as that date will switch to Marvel Limitless.
Android customers who purchased digital comics via the Comixology Marvel Comics app have an easy transition: do nothing, and your comics ought to seem in Marvel Limitless. (That’s as a result of the Android app already required a Marvel account.) However iOS customers have a couple of further steps. First, you’ll have to open the Comixology Marvel Comics app in your iPhone or iPad. Then, comply with Marvel’s directions to hyperlink a Marvel account to the previous app. After that, your previous purchases ought to seem in Marvel Limitless.
You gained’t want a Marvel Limitless subscription to entry your purchases from the previous app. However to entice you to purchase into its service, Marvel is providing a reduced value of $5 monthly for the primary 12 months with coupon code UNLIMITED. (It’s normally $10 / month or $70 in case you pay for a complete 12 months.) Marvel Limitless is like Netflix for Marvel comics, providing entry to over 30,000 points from the Marvel universe. Just like the Comixology-run app, there’s normally a delay of round three months between a difficulty’s preliminary launch and its availability on the subscription platform.
Though Marvel has apparently gone out of its option to make this transition comparatively clean, it nonetheless illustrates the potential for chaos when digital content material shifts platforms. We don’t personal any of these items, so when guardian firms mismanage apps, lay off staff and shuffle priorities, we’re left to hope mega-corporations need to do proper by their prospects — a belief issue price taking into consideration any time you purchase a comic book, recreation or another digital media.