Fans Rejoice: No More Marvel Games By Sega!

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No More Marvel Sega Games

For years, on both Game Rant and Screen Rant, we’ve suffered through the awkward video game-film relationship. The sad reality, as we so often repeat, is that movies based on video games and video game movie tie-ins all suck, with the rare exception here and there.

A major contributor to this problem in recent years is Marvel and their partnership with Sega to released video games for all of the Marvel Studios films to date. Every single one of them was ugly, dated and downright bad. For fans, the good news is that Sega seems to be out of the mix but we don’t know yet if there will be a full-fledged retail release for The Avengers.

We can thank Sega for the awful, poorly made, over-priced, unfair-to-fans-and-the-industry games including The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Captain America: Super Soldier and Thor: God of Thunder. The Thor game was so bad it made us angry that it was even made.

At GDC this week, The Hollywood Reporter chatted with TQ Jefferson, VP Games Production for Marvel, briefly (and safely) touching on the topic of Sega published Marvel games as well as the problem of licensed movie games.

“There are no current plans for additional Marvel games to be published by Sega.”


So, why have all of these Marvel movie games sucked?

“In my opinion, the biggest afflictions affecting movie-licensed games is the amount of development time and a strict adherence to retelling the story of the film in the form of a game. The former is easy to understand — less development time means less time to design, produce and polish the game, resulting in a poor or lesser-quality experience.”

Is that why this continued for three years, releasing five of these poorly conceived games for every platform? We know Sega’s not working on a game for The Avengers and the one THQ was working on got canned. Is there going to be a full console release or is Marvel (and parent company, Disney) just focusing on social and free-to-play games going forward?

“We just 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.”

In addition to Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Gazillion has the Super Hero Squad game for the toddlers and they have the upcoming  Marvel Heroes MMO on the way, but still now word on a potential retail game based on The Avengers.

We previously reported in September 2011 that the license for the characters had reverted back to Marvel – hence, no more Sega – and that they were looking for publishing opportunities from other potential partners. With Jefferson hinting at incoming announcements, perhaps they found someone?

If only Rocksteady Studios wasn’t tied to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

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Source: THR

TAGS: Captain America, Iron Man 2, Marvel, Sega, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, Thor

  • Kholdstare89

    That’s good and all, but I doubt they’ll ever find a company that can work with those rigid deadlines that movie tie-in games have. That being said, the Captain America game was at least playable, if short.

    • Rob Keyes

      That’s the real problem – the deadlines. Batman did it right and wasn’t held to a stupid deadline by WB Interactive.

      There are two way to market these games – make them awesome and they sell themselves or tie it with a big branded movie release so the unknowing buy into it and the reputation of the brand, developer and publisher gets hurt.

      • Androol

        It’s so hard for me to believe that the movie tie-in games are actually profitable in this day and age. Can’t believe they’re still being made.

  • GameCollector44

    The only movie tie-in game that I’ve truly enjoyed was actually Toy Story 2 for the N64. That game was very, very fun.

    • Spider-Abu

      omg! haha I played it on the PC though, still, I can’t imagine having THAT much fun with a movie game before..even just with itself, it was an awesome. game.

  • NegimaDude

    fans rejoice my ass, This is so misleading Captain America Super Soldier and Thor was indeed enjoyable games to me and i haven’t played Iron Man and Iron Man 2 though but I’m sure those games are good too.

    • Rob Keyes

      It’s not misleading at all. We gave Thor: God of Thunder a 1/5 and its Metacritic score is in the 30s.

  • jwalka

    i’m shattered that that avengers game got axed, it looked to be the only movie tie in game that could have worked.. ohh well, at least we got marvel ultimate alliance 1+2 :)

  • DrSamBeckett

    Captain America was great fun.

    • Rob Keyes

      Cap was the only game of the five we found any fun out of but it was still so far behind the competition, too expensive and very short.

  • Postal Gold

    To be honest I haven’t played any of these games. First and for most because they all got thrashed here. And I trust the authors here, since for the most parts they seem to have the same gaming sensibilities as I do. Thus I assume, when you guys thought a game was bad, I would have thought it to be bad too. So, I guess I am glad that there aren’t any bad games anymore.
    However, they should focus on producing a few high quality games. Why didn’t they continue Marvel Ultimate Alliance. That was a great game. And perhaps try the Rocksteady Games approach as well.

  • Stark Industries

    BOTH Iron Man games looked and sounded great! The Mechanics SUCKED to the point that you couldn’t fly/shoot/anything without pulling your hair out! ThankyouJesusandalloftheSaintsthatSEGAisfreak’nOUTOFTHEPICTURE!!!

    ~ Stark