Marvel announced at the moment that its Comixology-operated Marvel Comics app is shutting down this June. Thankfully, comedian followers who purchased points within the app can entry them within the firm’s self-operated Marvel Unlimited app. The shutdown comes a number of months after layoffs at Amazon (Comixology’s proprietor since 2014) reportedly hit the comedian storefront particularly onerous.
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 a simple 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 number of additional steps. First, you’ll have to open the Comixology Marvel Comics app in your iPhone or iPad. Then, follow Marvel’s instructions 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 worth of $5 monthly for the primary yr with coupon code UNLIMITED. (It’s often $10 / month or $70 in the event you pay for a complete yr.) 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 often a delay of round three months between a problem’s preliminary launch and its availability on the subscription platform.
Though Marvel has apparently gone out of its approach to make this transition comparatively easy, it nonetheless illustrates the potential for chaos when digital content material shifts platforms. We don’t personal any of these items, so when mum or dad firms mismanage apps, lay off employees and shuffle priorities, we’re left to hope mega-corporations wish to do proper by their clients — a belief issue value taking into account any time you purchase a comic book, sport or every other digital media.