Marvel, Gazillion Sign Exclusive 10-year MMO Deal

Lego Universe publisher Gazillion Entertainment has signed an exclusive 10-year deal with Marvel to develop its comic book properties into multiplayer online games.

Gazillion and Marvel will share revenue of the games, according to an early report by the Wall Street Journal. The two companies will reportedly announce more details on the venture tomorrow.

An MMO based on the Marvel properties, Marvel Universe Online, was announced in 2006. The game was being developed by City of Heroes developer Cryptic Studios for the Xbox 360 and PC, until it was abruptly cancelled early last year, partly due to concern by publisher Microsoft over World of Warcraft's dominance in the MMO market.