EA, Marvel Call Off Game Deal
Marvel fans may have been looking forward to EA's upcoming Marvel Comics-based fighting game, but EA has announced that their partnership with Marvel has dissolved and the game is officially canceled.
"EA and Marvel have jointly agreed to discontinue development of the Marvel titles under the EA Games Label. This was a business decision based on EA's portfolio strategy," an Electronic Arts rep told GameTap.
The fighting game would've been the second title in the original multi-game deal; the first was the very mediocre Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects released back in 2005. Current EA CEO John Riccitiello said at the time- the collaboration is "a unique opportunity...to bring [Marvel's] renowned superheroes into original videogame environments, as well as providing us an opportunity to create new heroes that will live in games, comic books and other licensing or media opportunities that Marvel presents." Marvel was equally excited about the deal and both believed they could score some big sales. But EA Chicago's project is most certainly a no-go. Marvel simply echoed EA's announcement by saying the two companies "have jointly agreed to discontinue development of Marvel fighting games under the Electronic Arts brand."
Well, the first game was no good, anyway. Chances were, the second probably wouldn't have been the pinnacle of quality, anyway.
1/29/2008 Ben Dutka