Back in 2018 when Insomniac Games released the first one Marvel’s Spider-Man Game it felt like a breath of fresh air after a fairly inconsistent, year-long streak of Spider-Man games and Marvel more broadly. The past few years have shown that the PlayStation exclusive sandbox game was no fluke. Was it surprisingly serious? avenger and Guardians of the Galaxy Games by Eidos and Crystal Dynamics or Insomniac’s equally impressive second spider outing with main cast Miles Moralesin addition to any games It’s clear that Marvel would like to have a series of games that are as diverse and successful as the MCU itself, if not more so.
In September, Disney plans to host a showcase for its many licensed games in development during its annual D23 event. The company has already boasted that the showcase will have the big reveal of the Marvel game in development Sky dance new mediapreceded by uncharted Amy Henning. Be invoiced As an “ensemble game,” just those two words hold some curiosity when Skydance is developing a game for the Fantastic Four or maybe even the X-Men. And that’s not even counting solo play Black Panther It is rumored to be in development at EA or Insomniac’s Wolverine game.
The news of future Marvel games exists in the same relative time that there have been repeated discussions of burnout for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Between frequent satiety of new shows and movies and amazing bad working conditions For VFX studios, it can feel like the franchise has lost its spark or worse, it’s effectively wasting people’s time until a miniature or mega crossover is ready for primetime. Perhaps the MCU can’t have a capital F bug, but it can exhaust itself, especially as more shows and movies are released each year.
Video games are a different beast than movies, but in the eyes of gamers, it only takes a handful of similar games or mechanics to get fed up. The battle royale trend eliminated everything that wasn’t PUBG, or war zone within a few months, a similar fate befell the looter shooter and music genres before it. Adding to this is a growing aversion to prestige games: although they often sell well and gain recognition, the dedication is to be Interactive Movies First and Games Second have started to wear out, even more so when they become outright movies or TV shows. And right now, that prestige space is where Marvel’s console titles operate.
Aside from the simple nature of interactivity, what will be crucial for future Marvel games is whether they’re willing to shake things up in terms of the genre. The aforementioned Guardian The game succeeded as an action-adventure with some light narrative choices, viz Marvel’s Avengers While not entirely successful as a live service title, it has solid brawler combat and RPG mechanics. insomniac Spiderman Titles are open-world titles that are just big enough to not dull the swinging around and the inbound midnight suns brings Marvel’s heroes into the strategy genre. There’s solid diversity here — seriously,”XCOMBut Marvel Heroes sounds like something you didn’t know was going to be cool until you heard it — but there can be more.
This is a good time to get really experimental – with the absolutely absurd amount of characters they have on hand, the sky is basically the limit. Turn-based RPGs, visual novels, a Marvel version of The Sims, or damn it, why not a dating sim? There are many niches to fill. And even if those games fail or underperform, they will be Interesting, something Marvel and its parent company could afford.
However, do the dating simulation first. With how many times this has been used as a punchline during April Fool’s Day jokes, it would be interesting to see if a real one isn’t half-hearted.
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