New Avengers game first requires finding the right developer

Marvel aspires to be done with the low-quality games of the past.

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Given the commercial and critical success of 2012's Avengers movie, not to mention countless other superhero movies, an Avengers game seems like it should be an obligatory extension of the property. But before one can be made, Marvel must first find the right developer to handle the project, due to an expanded effort to ensure all of its games are high quality

"The Avengers game will come when we have the right partner, that has the right vision, that has the time to develop a strong, competitive triple-A title and wants to do it right," Marvel's games boss, TQ Jefferson, told IGN.

While there have been a number of superhero games that have turned out well above average--most notably the first two Batman Arkham games--many of them have been exceedingly mediocre, if not downright awful, including Marvel's X-Men: Destiny, Thor: God of Thunder, and Captain America: Super Soldier.

Jefferson acknowledged the shortcomings of the latter two and acknowledged that gamers are "not going to flock to something that's sub-par." He also said the lack of an Avengers tie-in game "is indicative of Marvel's new attitude and the approach to how we find partners and build games. I think in the heyday of the movie licensed game, these games were popping out all the time and most of them sucked."

It's a commendable approach if Marvel is able to stick with it. Its licenses have been attached to good games in the past, including LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and the Marvel vs. Capcom series, but, as noted above, there has been no shortage of bad Marvel games, either. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was recently released, and early reviews have not been positive.

Just yesterday, Marvel announced its latest foray into games with its Disney Infinity crossover, which will see Marvel toys released later this year.

Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManX
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Discussion

39 comments
dogwitch1
dogwitch1

cap game was very good. all the other ones god no.  but yeah mua2 was great.

casshan01
casshan01

No arkham style games!! The best games in the  marvel series where the top down X-Men Legends series and the Ultimate Alliance series (the first one). Cell shaded, cool trivia for bonuses, headquarters base's used from the comics where you can chat, store items, trivia, and upgrade your characters in training rooms, and different costumes and skins from the comics also. Plus those games didnt borrow from the comics storyline they had their own (except for MUA2). That way you never know when the story will end, because they were pretty lengthy games. BRING BACK THOSE GAMES!!!!

tmorri603
tmorri603

Whoever makes the games they need to look at how the Batman games are made. They are based mostly on the comic and not a movie. I think that is the biggest problem as to way games like that fail so bad. Movies, no matter what they are based on, don't translate to games well; comics to video game translates very well. I think they should try High Moon. They did great with the Transformers games not based on the movies.

chuckles471
chuckles471

They had a good Marvel series with Ultimate alliance(well, maybe 2 was a bit mediocre), but decided to turn it into a crappy FTP cash grab Marvel heroes.

Navardo95
Navardo95

Just imagine a Spidey game from Naughty Dog *-*

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

A few developers could pull this off but I think Vigil Games would be a great fit.  Oh, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 would be nice.

Navardo95
Navardo95

Now if they made the same decision with the Spiderman video games.....that would be great..

Although to be very honest Beenox actually didn't do a bad job with the Spidey series except for maybe spidey 3 and Edge Of Time...and even taking in account of movie tie-ins the Amazing spidey game series is actually pretty neat..

But all Beenox need is more time,more money and a large manpower.The question stands however that will Activi$ion provide Beenox with the required resources?? 

normanislost
normanislost

Problem with trying to make a game like this is you have such a variety in character abilities it's hard to give the fans the experience they want

for me I basically want a game that could portray the fight from the end of the avengers big open environment, characters be as powerful as they should be compared to each other, with batman:ac esq combat and being able to pick who I want to play as in any given mission

Maybe spend time patrolling the city fighting petty crimes doing sides missions as anyone I want but then having big battles where it brings all the avengers together

inso-maniac
inso-maniac

an avengers game with batmans combat system or better ill get it but i doubt it'll be done this might just be a hype up article

Xero1246
Xero1246

EA (Crytek) or Ubisoft could ace a Marvel game...imagine a Spider-man game or an Avengers game with the CRYENGINE 3.. I would definately love that. <3 <3 ;)

Barighm
Barighm

Does this mean we're getting X-Men Legends 3?

davetbeau
davetbeau

Great news. I figured this was coming after they took back their character license. 

brande77
brande77

Licensed games rushed to fit as a movie-tie in are not as good as a licensed game that is made on a normal development schedule and not pushed to market to hype a new film --- imagine that!

hystavito
hystavito

The title sounds like the game exists and the first thing you have to do in the game is find the right developer :).  Maybe that sounds stupid but that's what entered my mind :P.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

Activision or rocksteady since they have proven in past with Arkham and amazing spider man series

edgarp
edgarp

just make marvel ultimate alliance 3 for current/next gen and all will be well

toddx77
toddx77

Rocksteady is owned by WB and since WB owns DC they couldn't make a Marvel game.  However Marvel first needs to end their agreement with Activision,I thought I read somewhere they already did,because with Activision we will never get an Arkham style Marvel game.  Spider-Man is perfect for an Arkham style game: the setting, the villains, the supporting cast, and the popularity.  

GIF
GIF

Dude Rocksteady should make this. Have it be open world RPG and the Avengers have to fight waves of villains like Skrulls, Kree, Doctor Doom, Thanos, etc..., in a wrecked New York outside of Avengers tower. Somehow The Avengers are knocked out by calculated moves in the begining as the Skrulls attack. The invasion happens and this is where the game starts after a cinematic. You can play as one hero out of 3 per mission allowing you to upgrade each. And have a team of about 12-16 available. So you break down 1 of 3 into either a blaster, tank or rogue. Blasters: Captain Marvel, Spiderwoman, Scarlet Witch. Tank : The Incredible Hulk, Thor or Captain America. Rogue: The Vision, The Wasp, Iron Man. Also you can Multiclass the characters as you level them up so eventually Iron Man can be a blaster / rogue or Incredible Hulk be a blaster/tank as he not only takes and gives damage but he gains ability to throw environment around him. Captain Marvel would be a blaster and then levels up and can be a blaster / rogue as she moves so fast none can see her.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Amazing Spider-Man 2's poor quality (both the game and movie) is Sony's fault, not Marvel's

playstationzone
playstationzone

well if going to do another game put this game for willu only and pc.

Xenro4
Xenro4

I was totally into Spiderman  back in the day and the new Batman was cool as well, but unless they can find a developer who will really inject some innovation, I'm not too keen on another superhero game.

Oloryn
Oloryn

If it wouldn't risk stifling such amazing talent with more super hero games, as opposed to potential new IPs, I'd suggest Rocksteady. Their Arkham games are beyond amazing, capturing the essence of Batman perfectly. Also, I'd wonder if they'd be allowed to work with Marvel or if they're contractually obligated to stick with DC for a bit. I think they could be perfect, but again, I'd also like to see what original stuff they could come up with.

wrathofthenova
wrathofthenova

Raven software already made an excellent Avengers game eight years ago. Marvel Utlimate Alliance was awazing. Had Raven been able to build off of that....MUA2 is made by Vicarious Vision and was terrible.

meatz666
meatz666

Easy.

Do a Avengers MOBA, or a RPG similar to Mass Effect. Call Obsidian.

Xero1246
Xero1246

@rIVAL_sWORD84  Sorry mate but Activision is a NO!! (they've had too many bad Marvel games) Rocksteady YES!!! (but sadly CAN'T because of their ties with WB and WB's ties with DC)

Xero1246
Xero1246

@toddx77  i hope the Activision news you stated is true, cos seriously they've not had the best run when it comes to making Marvel games (bad memories of Xmen: Destiny springs up)

GIF
GIF

@toddx77 Awww crap my bad oversight. Thanks for pointing that out

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

Trololololo lololo lololo, oh hoo hoo hoo hooooo

I know that song too buddy :P

krystyla
krystyla

@Oloryn  Time Warner owns them so they will only work on IPs Warner Bros. owns. 

s3as3a
s3as3a

@btroof  I agree; if they're not going to make good games, they shouldn't make them at all.

nikon133
nikon133

@Xero1246 @rIVAL_sWORD84 I always thought that Assassin's Creed creators would make an awesome Daredevil game - from technical point at least, given character's powers and movement techniques.


Cap, not sure why but I feel Rocksteady would make most of him. Maybe fighting style, I think Cap would fit well with what they did in Arkham games.


Spiderman... Sucker Punch (inFamous people).


Hulk and Thor would be tricky. Both being extremely powerful, I think they would work well in Frostbite engine - I cannot imagine their games without really destructive environments. But as of developers? Not sure. Maybe guys who did Prototype?

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

You have a valid point regarding Activision screwing over many of marvel games. Not only that but they have had some terrible games in past. but I was writing from amazing spiderman view point. I liked the setting of that game avengers will be suited to that kind of atmosphere. But isn't WB part of marvel Lego super heroes.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@HowlPendragonok, the game's quality is largely Beenox's and Gameloft's fault, but they're having to work with the movie's story and characters. Sony is still publishing the game and would have determined its budget and deadlines

In any case, Marvel isn't responsible for Sony's Spider-Man franchise