As well as dominating cinema in the last 10 years, comic books are also starting to become more prevalent in gaming too. This has been rubber-stamped by a new Marvel MMO supposedly in development.
The Marvel universe has taken the world by storm in the last 15 years with the franchise releasing countless films and racking up some serious revenue. But now it seems like the brand wants to conquer the video game world with a Marvel MMO to rival World of Warcraft and FFXIV Online.
Marvel’s Avengers game arrived in 2020 with a mixed reception, but a Marvel MMO could capture the hearts and minds of players everywhere for the next few years. Here’s everything we know about the rumored Marvel MMO.
At this moment in time, details on the Marvel MMO are quite scarce as the project’s revival is relatively new. An attempt at Marvel MMO was underway a few years back but was canceled in 2018. Given how early on it is in the game’s purported development, it could be a while before we hear anything concrete.
Daybreak Game Company is the leading force behind the DC Universe Online MMO, and it looks like they will also be developing Marvel’s very own MMO.
The information we know so far has been verified by leaker @mmmmmmmmiller. The project does appear to be real and was discovered during the Dimensional Ink Studios – another dev behind DC Universe Online – investor presentation.
When outlining their plans for the future and revealing various games they were working on, a “Marvel IP based massively multiplayer online game” was mentioned. Miller also shared some leaked images of artwork from 2019, showing Iron Man, Red Skull, and Captain America models.
These 3 pieces of concept art were shared online in 2019 and give a small glimpse into Daybreak's earlier, ill-fated attempt at a AAA Marvel MMO. The project's cancellation came alongside sweeping layoffs that plagued the studio before its restructuring early last year. https://t.co/lEXBanPVVE pic.twitter.com/1HJBOBOmVN
— Miller (@mmmmmmmmiller) November 27, 2021
An interesting twist in the tale is that Insomniac Games could also be behind this upcoming Marvel MMO. In September 2021, the XboxEra podcast reported an alleged “multiplayer” Marvel was in the works.
While podcast host @Shpeshal_Nick couldn’t confirm for confidentiality, speculation pointed at the Spider-Man developers. Insomniac Games had been hiring for a new Creative Director in July 2021, with Lauren Preston (formerly of Disney Games) taking up the mantle.
As Disney handles Marvel’s multimedia endeavors, it wouldn’t be surprising if Insomniac Games wanted to utilize that experience for an Ultimate Alliance-style game.
Again, not too much is known about the Marvel MMO outside of its existence and a previous attempt at development. But given that it’s being developed by the same company behind the DC Universe Online game, and Marvel presumably wants as much coverage as possible, we’d expect to see the Marvel MMO on all major platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
With Insomniac Games possibly in the mix for development, the title could also pivot into a PS5 exclusive.
Just to reiterate, nothing official has been announced regarding any of this, but with DC Universe Online arriving on all current platforms, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this project do the same.
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