Electronic Arts has signed an agreement with Marvel to produce three games based on Marvel comics, starting with the recently announced Iron Man project from Dead Space remake developer EA Motive. What comes after remains a mystery, but this only adds more fuel to the rumour fires that suggested EA might also be working on a single-player Black Panther game.
As reported by Bloomberg, EA will develop three Marvel games starting with Iron Man. However, EA also sees this as an opportunity to expands its portfolio as the publisher is mostly known for its first-person shooters or indie projects these days. “We have an intentional, deliberate strategy to have a balanced portfolio,” said EA COO Laura Miele. “There will be Marvel fans who don’t play other EA games.”
EA Motive recently announced that it’s developing a single-player Iron Man game, though details are still scarce on this title. Additionally, several reports claim that an open-world, single-player Black Panther game is also in development at the publisher, though EA has yet to make any official announcement on it yet.
Marvel comics’ library is vast and full of characters with potential to turn into exciting video games. Of course, Spider-Man is seemingly out of the question since PlayStation’s Insomniac Games developed 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man, 2020’s Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and an upcoming sequel in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.
EA could choose other popular Marvel superheroes that desparately need their own games, including The Hulk, Ant-Man or Doctor Strange. We’ve seen that beyond Batman and Spider-Man, video games based on comic books can thrive. Eidos Montreal’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a pleasant surprise when it released last year. Let’s hope EA takes notes from the success stories rather than, well, whatever Marvel’s Avengers was.
We’ll surely hear more about these unknown EA projects in the coming months, including a better look at Motive’s Iron Man.