EA has three Marvel games in the works
Iron Man will be the first superhero to get the Electronic Arts treatment
➡️ The Shortcut Skinny: Marvel at that
📝 EA has struck a fresh deal with Marvel Entertainment
🆕 The mega video game publisher will put out three new Marvel titles
🦸♂️ The first of which will feature everyone’s favorite iron-clad billionaire
😁 EA doesn’t have exclusive rights to the franchise, though, so don’t expect another Star Wars situation
EA is developing three new Marvel games after striking a licensing deal with the comic book giant.
According to Bloomberg, the deal grants EA access to the mammoth entertainment franchise, but exactly which comic book characters it will bring to the world of video games is still unclear. So far, we only know about one of three upcoming games.
As EA revealed last week, Motive Studio, the team behind the upcoming Dead Space remake and 2020’s Star Wars Squadrons, is working on a third-person Iron Man game. It will feature an original story and will be released on both consoles and PC. It’s currently in pre-production, so it’ll be a good few years before we see the game in action.
“We have a great opportunity to create a new and unique story that we can call our own,” said Olivier Proulx, executive producer of the upcoming game. “Marvel is encouraging us to create something fresh. We have a lot of freedom, which is so engaging for the team.”
“We are thrilled to collaborate with the talented team at Motive Studio to bring their original vision of one of Marvel’s most important, powerful and beloved characters,” added Bill Rosemann, vice president and creative director at Marvel Games.
Back in 2011, EA struck a multi-year deal with Marvel’s parent company Disney to obtain the exclusive rights to develop games based on the Star Wars license. Unlike that partnership, however, this deal doesn’t appear to give EA any kind of exclusive access. Multiple new Marvel games are coming from studios outside of EA, including Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2 – which promises to be a worthy successor to one of the best PS5 games – and Firaxis’ upcoming Marvel’s Midnight Suns.
That’s likely for the best. EA largely squandered its monopoly on Star Wars, releasing two Star Wars: Battlefront games (which were both met with a tepid reception), the more acclaimed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and Star Wars: Squadrons.
Hopefully, this deal will allow EA to put out a few blockbuster Marvel games without hogging the superhero license for itself.
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*wipes away 1313 tears*
Sure, fine, take Tony, do whatever you want, EA. It was ever thus. Just call it Anthem: Iron Man and be done with it. No offense to Motive.
And don't even approach the thought of entertaining the idea of including our girl Riri Williams. Ironheart is everything Iron Man wishes he could be. Just leave the beloved characters to Insomniac.