At Sony’s E3 press conference this year, we learned that Insomnic Games, the creators of Ratchet & Clank, are developing a Spider-Man game exclusively for the PlayStation 4, but apparently there is much more to come in terms of Marvel games on consoles.
In an interview with Polygon, Jay Ong, the Vice President of Games at Marvel, said that Spider-Man is the start of a whole new initiative to bring the Marvel universe to video games. “When I joined Marvel two years ago, I came in with a mandate to usher in a new era for Marvel Games,” Ong said. “We have a treasure trove of the best superhero characters on earth. What can we do with this to create truly epic games?”
For a long time, Marvel games have been less than epic. Some have been good, like Deadpool and Spider-Man 2 back on the GameCube, but their success in the video game world has been non in comparison to their Cinematic Universe, which has bee making them loads and loads of cash. Ong said that he wants to change that, and he’s very excited to get started. “Is [Spider-Man] a signal of things to come? Oh, yes,” he said. “Absolutely. And we can’t wait to tell the world about it.”
One of the big problems that Marvel Games have had in the past is that they’ve aways tried to tie them into the movies, or at least release them around the same time. Ong said it perfectly; “in this modern day and age, that (video game movie tie-in) model doesn’t work anymore.” This is certainly heartening, and makes a future where Marvel games are just as prominent as something like the Batman: Arkham series, seem possible.
To kick this initiative off, Ong and Marvel have teamed up with just a couple developers so far. Of course, there’s Insomniac Games and Sony, who are making Spider-Man, but a few years ago we also got word of a Marvel game coming from Telltale, the team behind The Walking Dead series, The Wolf Among Us, and many more. There is literally no other information known about this game, but Ong said that fans will be delighted when they do hear more about it. We should also mention that a partnership with TT Games, the developers of all things LEGO video games, is still in effect, so we could still see games come from that studio as well.
In the interview, Ong talked a lot about quality, and how the partnerships that they have made and will be making into the future are not something they take lightly. “What we look at first and foremost is the talent level of partner,” he said. “Are they world class in building the games we’re talking about? They have to have world-class talent. They have to be able to invest the resources to make that talent sing. Equally important is, do they have passion for the IP they’re working on? Do they share the same ambition? Do they love the character? We look for passion, that comes through in the first 30 seconds.”
“One of our mantras is authenticity; it’s easy to make a game with Spider-Man on the label, but it’s much harder to make it truly authentic in a way that reflects Peter Parker, the character.” Ong said that the creative director for Spider-Man, Bryan Intizar, embodies that mantra.
While we don’t know when any of the next big Marvel games are coming out, there is still a ton to be excited about. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the trailer for Insomniac’s Spider-Man game down below, and as always, stick to Hardcore Gamer for all your Marvel Games news.