An article on Forbes has announced that Disney/Marvel have released a ‘free to play’ Avengers developed by Playdom and it will be followed by ‘something bigger for the console market.’
TQ Jefferson, vice president of games production for Marvel has said:
“We launched Marvel: Avengers Alliance on Facebook; which is just the tip of the iceberg. This is the first in a much larger effort to support the Avengers franchise across not just one but multiple video game touch points.
The Avengers are bigger than just one game, and we’re planning to allow consumers to enjoy The Avengers regardless of their preference in gameplay style or platform. Look for more announcements in the weeks to come.”
Let’s stop a take a moment because this all sounds rather fishy to me.
Firstly, Disney decided to pretty much pull out of home consoles after the poor performance of Tron and Split/Second, closing a number of their studios. After being burnt on PS3 and Xbox 360, Disney bought Playdom – a company with a track record for creating casual games for Facebook and MySpace. Playdom have never created a game for consoles, so it seems unlikely that they’ll be the ones building the game (even if the Forbes piece hints at it).
The only in-house console developers Disney has left is Avalanche studios, who were behind the video game of Cars 2. Disney did release Disney Universe last year, but that was developed externally by Eurocom. They do have some experience with super hero licenses, having created the game for Batman Begins (but it was terrible).
Although the statement from Mr. Jefferson makes it clear something is in the works, it’s far from obvious that we’ll be seeing a console title just yet. Maybe there’s one being work on somewhere, but right now there’s not that specifically indicates a console title beyond his “regardless of their preference in gameplay style or platform” comment.