A big announcement came from Marvel Entertainment and Square Enix today. The two heavy hitters are combining efforts to create original video games based on Marvel super heroes. A multi-year, multi-game licensing agreement has been made and it’s all going to start with The Avengers.
This first game, being called The Avengers project, is being developed by Crystal Dynamics of Tomb Raider fame with help from Deus Ex creators Eidos-Montreal. Not much has been revealed about the new project yet, but an official press release promises that “all the characters, environments, and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise” will be included in the game. Featuring an original story, the game will be the first of more games set in the same Marvel Universe.
“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.”A world premiere teaser trailer for The Avengers project has been released showing little about the upcoming game. However, the video does hint at the traditional Avengers team members and insinuates that the team has broken up but will be reassembling once again with the tag #Reassemble. More details about The Avengers project and other Marvel games will be announced in 2018.
“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.”