Executive Vice President and Head of Marvel Games Jay Ong revealed in a book that both Xbox and PlayStation have been approached about Marvel video game production, but only one of the console makers. accept the offer.
A look around the game scene also reveals exactly which one: PlayStation, the company with the exclusive and upcoming Spider-Man franchise Wolverine game. And on the Xbox side, you won’t find any new Marvel games developed by the Xbox studio because according to Ong, the company turned down Marvel’s offer, choosing instead to focus on its own IP, like reported Chronicles of video games.
The book, Steven L Kent’s The Ultimate History of Video Games Vol 2, there’s an excerpt in which Ong explains the deal and how it led to Marvel’s early termination of its contract with Activision to produce the Spider-Man game. Ong said in the book that Marvel was unhappy with Activision’s Spider-Man titles and that the two companies had come to an agreement to end the licensing deal early. Ong said that Activision then asked him, “What are you going to do with this IP after you get it back?” Ong said, “I will find a better home for it,” replied Activision, “Good luck finding your unicorn.”
As we know, that unicorn won’t become Xbox as it turned down the offer after Marvel Games contacted asking: “We don’t have any major console deals with anyone at the moment, what do you want to do?” PlayStation, however, bit.
“I sat down with two executives from third-party PlayStation, 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 said in the book. “I said, ‘We have a dream that this can happen, that we can beat [Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham franchise] and have at least one game and possibly many games that can promote your platform usage. ”
PlayStation reportedly responded by asking to make a console-specific Spider-Man game, and that turned out to be Marvel’s Spider-Man, which was released in 2018. Spider-Man is rated pretty well and, like VGC notes, selling more than 20 million copies. It also spawns Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the sequel to both in the form of Spider-Man 2 is currently under development. Plus, the success of Insomniac Spider-Man could lead to them also developing its Wolverine game.
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