Marvel Games has been struggling miserably with its last few releases. Just today, Crystal Dynamics’ Marvel Avengers has been delisted from stores and won’t be available to buy. The game will receive no further updates.
Not only that, but Netmarble’s Marvel Future Revolution was previously shut down, only on its second anniversary. Marvel Heroes Omega, Marvel Avengers Academy, and Marvel Realm of Champions all failed to captivate the interest of the general public, and hence were closed down.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 & 2, both seemed to be promising releases, however soon after UA2’s launch, the game was delisted from all digital stores and were available as physical copies only.
With that being said, it’s not all doom and gloom for Marvel’s gaming franchise. Marvel’s Spider-Man proved to be a massive hit, generating over 33 million sales worldwide. Not only that, but fans are eagerly waiting for the sequel, Spider-Man 2, which is scheduled to release on October 20th.
While it’s true that Marvel’s gaming division has not been able to achieve the level of popularity and acclaim that it had hoped for, but the future does looks promising. According to a recent tweet by @CanWeGetToast, Marvel is planning to shift its focus entirely on its video game division.
He claims that the upcoming Iron Man game by EA’s Motive Studio and the Black Panther game will be “the start of a push for something BIG.” Moreover, since Marvel’s Wolverine is also being developed by Insomniac Games, the same studio behind Spider-Man, there is a possibility that the two games could be connected in some way or another, creating a whole ecosystem of a superhero gaming franchise.
Marvel could very well snap back into the gaming industry if they focus on the genre and the quality of their games. Some great games like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s Midnight Suns did underperform despite having a decent launch, however with Iron Man and Black Panther, it’ll surely be intriguing to see how the games perform and if this would be Marvel’s card for redemption.
This is all we know for now, but rest assured that we will keep you updated as new information becomes available.