EA and Marvel have just announced a long-term deal to collaborate on at least 3 new action-adventure games for consoles and PC. Each game will be an original story set in the Marvel universe, and the first one in the pipeline is a third-person, action-adventure, Iron Man game, currently in development at Motive Studios.
The Iron Man game was rumoured and then later confirmed by EA and it will be interesting to see what Motive has in store for players. Along with Iron Man, there have been rumours of a Black Panther game in development, but there has not been any official regarding the IP just yet.
“We have been long-time fans of Marvel and their impressive leadership, so this is a remarkable moment for our developers as well as our players and fans,” said Laura Miele, COO at EA.
Marvel and EA to Work on at Least 3 Single-Player Games
We’re thrilled to announce a multi-title collaboration with @Marvel to develop action adventure games for consoles and PC!
Each game will be their own original story set in the Marvel universe.💥
— Electronic Arts (@EA) October 31, 2022
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been far more successful than any other movie franchise in the world, Marvel hasn’t had the most successful of runs in gaming. While there have been the likes of games like Marvel’s Spider-Man, a large portion of Marve’s IP in games has not been able to find a foothold within the games industry.
Most recently, Crystal Dynamics’ Marvel’s Avengers failed to meet fans’ expectations and did not do well commercially either. EA is one of the biggest publishers around and has a number of fantastic studios under their wing to work on Marvel IP. While EA hasn’t been particularly immaculate when it comes to the handling of popular IPs, the sheer level of production value that EA has at its disposal cannot be looked over.
“At Marvel, we strive to find best-in-class teams who can take our characters on heroic journeys in ways they haven’t before, and collaborating with Electronic Arts will help us achieve that,” said Jay Ong, Executive Vice President at Marvel Games. “We pride ourselves on being enthusiastic, creative collaborators with developers so they have the freedom to create something deeply unique and truly remarkable. The team at Motive is getting started on that with their Iron Man video game and we can’t wait for players to learn more in the far future.”
One of EA’s most renowned studios, Respawn Entertainment, is currently working on a number of new projects, including a couple of Star Wars games. This likely means that the studio will most likely not be involved with Marvel IP – although, if the deal were to extend beyond 3 games – perhaps Respawn could have a go in the future.