Don't take any of this report as concrete fact, but considering the amount of buzz surrounding the release of Marvel's The Avengers, it's becoming more and more absurd that a video game isn't being made to capitalize on the film's success. So perhaps Ubisoft's registration of a new Avengers domain name may, in fact, confirm the inevitable tie-in has already begun to be planned.
With every previous Marvel superhero film being accompanied by its own tie-in game - and the often insulting quality with which they were made - seeing the company take a bit of a break was certainly a relief. It seems like years ago that THQ's failed Avenger's game was revealed and in the time since the movie has made up for any lack of gamer hype.
But the overwhelming success of the film, both critically and financially, must have the creative minds at Marvel thinking about just how much money was left on the table without a multiplatform game to tie in. So perhaps the discovery of an Avengers domain registration by the sleuths at Fusible shouldn't come as a total surprise.
The domain in question, "avengersbattleforearth.com" sounds like a video game title if we've ever heard one, and is apparently tied directly to Marvel. What is most interesting is that the domain is registered on Ubisoft's nameservers, implying a connection with the developer that has not been hinted at before.
Obviously this registration is anything but a confirmation, but Marvel did make it clear after THQ's failed attempts that they were open to new game "opportunities" should they present themselves. Perhaps the quality of the film's writing and story have convinced the company that the time has come to stop developing superhero shovelware, and do their characters' video game incarnations justice.
A connection to Ubisoft is a strong sign that Marvel is hoping to achieve similar levels of critical and financial success, and if that's the case, we couldn't be happier. Aside from the fact that the gaming crowd has proven that they can't be fooled by terrible movie tie-ins, we've long argued that comic book characters simply must have their own games.
What would you like to see from a potential Ubisoft Avengers game? Open world environments in squad-based combat, or something similar to what THQ was producing?
We'll keep you up to date with any news concerning 'The Avengers: Battle For Earth.'
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