No more Sega-published Marvel games
It appears that Sega and Marvel have parted ways, which is bound to please comic book fans and movie buffs alike.
Speaking to Hollywood Reporter, Marvel’s VP of video game production TQ Jefferson says “there are no current plans for additional Marvel games to be published by Sega,” which doesn’t necessarily confirm either way that the two companies will no longer work with each other, but given the publisher’s poor history of Marvel film tie-ins it wouldn’t be surprising.
It’s also worth considering that Marvel’s last two film tie-ins Captain America: Super Solider and Thor: God of Thunder received 72% and 10% respectively on this very website, so it definitely doesn’t bode well.
Disney’s recent acquisition of Marvel may also have something do with it, as much of their back-catalogue is either published in-house or through Microsoft – so it will be telling to see what future publishers the kid-friendly powerhouse has up its sleeve. Activision, however, have got their hands on the next Marvel tie-in though: The Amazing Spider-Man, which is due out this summer.
Jefferson also confirmed the existence of Marvel Heroes – an MMO to answer DC Universe Online, which has been designed as a free-to-play title from the word go.
“Marvel Heroes, the first Marvel MMO to be launched with our licensee Gazillion, will allow us to reach an entirely new and different group of fans, to tell stories in ways we’ve never done before and get players to interact with our characters and each other in new and exciting ways. This is a very different experience from console games, where the interactions are with fewer online characters and are more linear experiences. With Marvel Heroes, we’re talking about dozens of playable characters over many hours of gameplay.”
“We’ve already learned a great deal from DC Universe. We’ve played it, read the reviews and gauged how fans responded to a number of choices that were made in terms of design, presentation, etc. For our own MMO, Marvel Heroes, we worked with Gazillion and chose to do a number of things differently. For example, Marvel Heroes was built from the ground up to be free-to-play. We also made the decision to allow players to be popular heroes from the start; very different than how DC Universe works. There are a number of other differences between the two, but you’ll just have to play the game to find out.”
Which, to be fair sounds awesome.