New Marvel Games Will Not Need to Be Tied to the Cinematic Universe

This could help stem the tide of commercial and critical duds from the video game industry.


There are several new Marvel Games on the horizon, and even though there are some solid dev houses working on them, there has been a bit of angst. Gamers begging for a good Marvel title have not had much to cheer about with past entries tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Marvel was aware of its commercial game failures. So it is changing the way the games will be handled from here on out.

Marvel plans to let developers create their own stories for any new games that are not tied to movie canon. This is good news for upcoming games such as Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale SeriesThe Avengers titles from Square Enix, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, and Spider-Man for PS4

“It’s a bit like we’re saying, ‘Hey you’re the chef, you’re going to make this meal. Here’s all of the ingredients. You pick the ingredients that you like and make a new meal,’” Marvel Games Creative Director Bill Rosemann told IGN at DICE. “We want all of our games to tell an original, all new story. We want [our development partners] to have passion, we want them to put their stamp on the games. It's their game. We want it to be their vision.”

The games are also not being forced to match any movie release dates. "We're not going to rush things, we're not going to get things out before they're done," Rosemann said, which will give the developers' time to create something they are happy about. "We're also not going to try to do the very tricky balancing act of trying to make a game that adapts a movie and get it out in the same window as the movie."

This is definitely good news for each of the developers of the current crop of in-development Marvel games, as they have good storytelling pedigrees. Hopefully, fans of the cinematic universe will now get some quality games to pair with their favorite films. 

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