Xbox Declined Offer To Make Marvel Games, According To Marvel Executive

Executive vp and head of Marvel Games Jay Ong has revealed in a e-book that each Xbox and PlayStation have been approached about making Marvel video video games however solely one of many console makers accepted the provide. 

A glance across the gaming panorama reveals precisely which one, too: PlayStation, the corporate with an unique Spider-Man franchise, and an upcoming Wolverine recreation. And over on the Xbox facet, you gained’t discover any new Marvel video games developed by an Xbox studio as a result of in line with Ong, the corporate declined Marvel’s provide, opting as a substitute to focus by itself IP, as reported by Video Games Chronicle

The e-book, Steven L Kent’s The Ultimate History of Video Games Vol 2, homes an excerpt the place Ong explains this deal and the way it led to Marvel prematurely terminating a contract it had with Activision to make Spider-Man video games. Ong says within the e-book that Marvel was sad with Activision’s Spider-Man titles and the 2 firms got here to an settlement to finish the licensing deal early. Ong stated that Activision then requested him, “What are you going to do with this IP after you get it back?” Ong stated, “I’m going to find a better home for it,” to which, Activision replied, “Good luck finding your unicorn.” 

As we now know, that unicorn wasn’t going to be Xbox as a result of it turned down the provide after Marvel Games reached out asking, “We don’t have any big console deals with anyone right now, what would you like to do?” PlayStation, nonetheless, bit. 

“I sat down with these two execs from PlayStation third-party, Adam Boyes [now co-CEO of Iron Galaxy Studios] and John Drake [now vice president of business development for Walt Disney Games], in August 2014, in a conference room in Burbank,” Ong says within the e-book. “I said, ‘We have a dream that this is possible, that we could beat [Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham franchise] and have one game at least and maybe multiple games that could drive adoption of your platform.” 

PlayStation reportedly responded by asking to make a console-exclusive Spider-Man recreation and that turned out to be Marvel’s Spider-Man, launched in 2018. Spider-Man reviewed fairly properly and, as VGC notes, bought greater than 20 million copies. It additionally spawned Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and a sequel to each within the type of Spider-Man 2 is now in growth. Plus, Insomniac’s Spider-Man success seemingly led to them attending to develop its Wolverine recreation as properly. 

[Source: VideoGamesChronicle]

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