Beenox swarming Spider-Man franchise

Activision names Shattered Dimensions studio as lead developer on all upcoming titles starring Marvel's friendly neighborhood webslinger.

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Treyarch is now known as one of the elite studios handling Activision's billion-dollar Call of Duty franchise, having crafted 2005's Big Red One, Call of Duty 3, World at War, and Black Ops. Prior to hitting the big time, though, the studio had since 2001 handled Activision's Spider-Man line of games. Now, Activision has named a new studio to fill those shoes.

Beenox's building is a webslinger's paradise.

Activision announced today that it has charged its internal studio Beenox with lead development duties on all upcoming Spider-Man titles. The studio, which is situated in Quebec City, Canada, formed in 2000 and was acquired by Activision in 2005. It currently houses more than 170 employees, all of which, the publisher notes, are working on future, as-yet-unannounced Spider-Man titles.

Beenox's tenure helming the Spider-Man franchise could potentially be quite long. Though Spider-Man creator Marvel Publishing is now owned by Disney, Activision secured the rights to the comics kingpin's webslinger through 2017.

Beenox's first crack as lead developer on the franchise actually came last year with Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, which received a positive critical reception. The studio has primarily played a support role for Activision in the past, having crafted the PC editions of such titles as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, X-Men: The Official Game, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Beenox was also the lead developer on Guitar Hero: Smash Hits.

Discussion

25 comments
wahyudil
wahyudil

making spiderman forever ... poor studio ...

Henninger
Henninger

Shattered Dimensions wuz good but nothing amazing. I like the different art styles 4 each dimension, that wuz the best part about it i think. But honestly i dont think it is worth the full 60 bucks i paid 4 it. But im open 2 trying another game by Beenox.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@Oni_Taedo read my last post. the marvel properties were all shattered (HA) in the late 90s, early 2000s. after neversoft made what is still considered one of the best comic games ever with spider man, marvel made their own gaming division (marvel interactive) Which then imploded. when marvel made movies, activision slid in and got the MOVIE rights for numerous properties, mainly the x-men and spider man. THEN they said they could make more by buying the game rights to the COMIC universe too. the marvel video game universe is split among tons of companies from sega, to activision, to take 2! activision has the bulk of it, from the ultimate universe to the 616(original) x-men and spider man. sega has most of the avengers (iron man, hulk, captain america). capcom has it too but only for mvc. it is a hard legal issue!

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

gamespot couldnt be more true. now that disney owns marvel, everything could go to crap. since marvel sold their soul, every marvel show is now on disney xd, iron man 3 and avengers will be distributed by disney, and there are rumors that disney wants every marvel game under the disney interactive studios banner. so could activision be right with buying beenox? only if activision has enough money to beat disney in court by saying activision and marvel inked this deal years ago (which they did, after the first spider man game for the original playstation became a HIT). but they (DISNEY) has more money than god. and if they keep on, activision could be bought out by disney if they fight. i think kotick is better keeping his mouth shut if disney pulls every marvel game under their banner, otherwise he would be OUT OF A JOB.

Ugotes
Ugotes

Hey Drkr_Zen hate to tell you but Activision shutdown the Sheba Games studio but I totally agree that Webs of Shadow is an awesome game

RedWave247
RedWave247

SD was pretty good. If they could take those mechanics and put it in a sandbox environment like Spider-Man 2 and Ultimate Spider-Man, then I'm sold.

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Meh, I was hoping they'd hand it back over to Sheba Games. Beenox did alright by Shattered Dimensions, but I felt Web of Shadows was a superior game. SD is more akin to the first two Spidey games on the PSone, but not quite as good overall. I DO hope they pursue their interest in making a 2099 game, though, because that was one of the best parts of Dimensions.

SteelTiger360
SteelTiger360

Hmm.. Beenox, I better go investigate within this shattered dimensions game and see what the argument's about. I've got no problems with a new developer helming the reins but Spider-man these days isn't what he used to be and that's from "Brand New Day" up to now.

webofshadows5
webofshadows5

no i dont what beenox i really what treyarch do spiderman game like 1,2,3,ultimate and web of shadows and now hoo gonna make the sequel for web of shadows for me treyarch is better then beenox

webofshadows5
webofshadows5

no i what treyarch to make the spider man game not beenox it was cool when treyarch meke all of spider man game incluidin web of shadows now hoo gonna make the sequel

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@Oni_Taedo capcom plus spiderman, haha the good ol sega days....

Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

Oh god dammit, Marvel, just give your property to Capcom again, so we can have decent games involving your licenses. Shattered Dimensions was good, but with Activision at the wheel, Spidey will be whored out like... well, a whore.

KenderDragon
KenderDragon

I simply love Beenox as en enterprise. There is a nice ring to it :)

Barighm
Barighm

Call of Duty: Spiderman

dtpm60
dtpm60

I'm a bit bummed by this-- I liked the sandbox style of Spider-Man 2 and 3. Treyarch really nailed that style, so I hope that Beenox can honor that technique.

snake3rules
snake3rules

not so sure how i feel about this ... the longer on, the worse this game seems ... really simplistic and bad story, gameplay was unoriginal, lifted from other games rather than innovated (batman AA and scarecrow level, if not splinter cell) Plus, i always loved the free roam, the most perfect combination of popular game mechanic and superpower ever. I did like the excessive number of costumes though .. and as saudi said, the art direction and graphics were pretty amazing. I disagree with MJ12 and conspiracy, I'll admit batman aa had a good story, great setting, voicework, art, and graphics going for it, but it is the exception to the rule if anything, and more importantly,its really not THAT amazing either-- its short, very few bosses after teasing many, treading the same ground over and over all game, little to no replay value)... plus it clearly benefitted from the pop hysteria over batman and TDK....

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@MJ12-Conspiracy I have to agree with you. Looking at titles like Batman AA, it's clear that not just good, but excellent games can be made using the superhero formula. Activision has continually delivered mediocre games with the franchise and Marvel needs to re-evaluate the relationship.

SaudiFury
SaudiFury

thought Shattered Dimensions was a lot of fun. loved the art direction, music, even the dialog. wasn't deep on combat, but was still a lot of fun.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Marvel should take back all of their licenses and partner up with a few reputable developers to craft Marvel based games going forward. I'm tired of seeing studios I either hate or distrust making these games..... I haven't touched a Spiderman game since the second one on PSX.

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

God he's something else Activision is gonna bleed to death

theunloved
theunloved

Good move. Can't wait to see what they do next.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Who the hell is Beenox? Never heard of them before.

crabapple87
crabapple87

Shattered Dimensions was good. I really enjoyed the noire universe.

OrcsP2
OrcsP2

no more spiderman games, shattered dimensions was strange enough