Game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has inked a deal to produce at least three new video games based on Marvel Entertainment’s heroic IPs, starting with quippy armored avenger Iron Man in a title from Montreal developer Motive Studio.
The games will be action-adventure single-players that let users ages 10-plus suit up as their favorite characters and dive into original stories set in the Marvel Universe. They’ll all have AAA budgets (which start at US$50 million) and will be designed to play on home consoles including PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, as well as on PC.
Motive is in pre-production on the Iron Man title now, with Olivier Proulx (Star Wars: Squadrons) heading up its development as executive producer, joined by creative director Ian Frazier (Mass Effect), senior producer JF Poirier (Child of Light) and franchise development director Maëlenn Lumineau (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey).
EA is just the latest partner to propel Marvel’s ascent in the multi-billion-dollar gaming space. The superhero studio has already partnered with Square Enix to develop two AAA-budget titles, including single-player adventure Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2021) and online role-playing game Marvel’s Avengers (2020). And the company’s latest free-to-play mobile game, Marvel Snap, has racked up 5.3 million-plus downloads and generated more than US$2 million through in-app purchases since its release on October 18.