For a while now Marvel Entertainment has been dominating the theatres with a highly successful shared universe featuring at the time of this writing, 13 released films, multiple TV series (including Netflix Exclusives) and more well on their way. However there is one aspect of the entertainment market that eluded Marvel for the most part and that is with Video Games.
While we’re not saying Marvel games are bad, most (mainly including our favourite web-slinger or our favourite gun-toting skull wearing vigilante) are good, but a majority; especially in the early Cinematic Universe days, ranged from awful to nearly unplayable.
That is likely to change thanks to a major multi-year, multi-game deal with Square Enix as the two companys announced that they will “Assemble” to bring The Avengers to video games. The games will be developed by 2 of Square Enix’s Award winning teams, Tomb Raider Developers Crystal Dynamics and Deus Ex Devs Eidos Montreal.
“By partnering with Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal, we are now working with two of the industry’s most talented and respected game development studios to bring Marvel stories to life in ways our fans have never experienced,“ said Jay Ong, Senior Vice President, Games & Innovation, Marvel Entertainment. “The Avengers project is a perfect example of how Marvel is making games a key part of the landscape for Marvel storytelling, alongside comics, television and film. We can only do this by matching our greatest Super Heroes with the world’s top developers, such as the creative minds at Square Enix.”
“Marvel’s diverse, innovative universe has created millions of longtime fans, including all of us,” said Phil Rogers, CEO, Square Enix Americas and Europe. “It’s exciting to bring together Square Enix’s award-winning development studios with Marvel’s extraordinary storytellers to establish a new entertainment powerhouse. This collaboration of passion and talent will craft epic, imaginative experiences allowing gamers to live out their Super Hero dreams like never before.”
While it’s way to early to get excited about the projects, noting that both Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics are both working to bring the Marvel Universe to gamers is reassuring after their major success with the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex franchises. We will hear more about the projects and future games in the Marvel gaming universe in 2018.