Just over a year ago, Activision released Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, a game developed by Beenox that offered a fresh and unique take on the webslinger and the comic book video game genre. It was well received and easily earned itself a follow-up.
That follow-up, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, released only a few weeks ago and was a big letdown. Serving more as an overpriced expansion of sorts to Shattered Dimensions, Beenox rushed the game and now we know why: they’re working on a movie tie-in for The Amazing Spider-Man.
At New York Comic-Con – which is taking place now – several sources spotted a poster for The Amazing Spider-Man, the game, with Beenox and Activision logos on it. It’s absolutely a movie tie-in since the post features the title character wearing actor Andrew Garfield’s Spidey costume from the film, mechanical web shooters and all, and of course, it features the studio, Columbia Pictures, on it as well.
Take a look:
Activision has yet to officially announce the game but expect news shortly after it is unveiled at the convention. Just yesterday, Activision also revealed another movie tie-in for next year’s film, Men In Black III, although the game drops the number and promises a standalone story.
The Amazing Spider-Man opens in theaters July 3, 2012, only 9 months from now and so we assume the video game to release at the same time. Enough development time if this is the case? Absolutely not. Three games released all in less than two years is not a formula for quality.
After Edge of Time was rushed and earned weak reviews across the board (including from us), such a short dev cycle combined with the fact The Amazing Spider-Man is a movie tie-in do not bode well for the game and for Spider-Man fans.
Could The Amazing Spider-Man be the reason Edge of Time was a sloppy release? Could it be that a movie tie-in will have caused not one, but two bad games? Only time will tell but we’re all excited about the film – please don’t let the game suck. Marvel deserves better and after Thor, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Edge of Time, etc. etc., so do gamers.
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