July 27, 2007 - Though Marvel Comics had mentioned the development of another fighting game using its license during a quarterly financial call eight months ago, Electronic Arts made it official today by announcing that it would be releasing said game sometime in 2008.
Will the Mighty Avengers be in EA's new game? Only time will tell...
Unlike Marvel's original statement, though, the new fighter is not going to be "Marvel Nemesis 2" (though EA did confirm with IGN that the comic book publisher was referring to this new title when speaking about Nemesis in last year's call). Instead, the 2008 project will be an all-new franchise using only Marvel characters. What's more, the as-of-yet untitled brawler will be handled by a new development team -- the Fight Night guys at EA Chicago.
"We looked at past comic-based games to find out what was missing and what was needed to successfully translate the intensity, excitement and fiction from comics into fighting games," said Kudo Tsunoda, General Manager and Vice President, EA Chicago. "We're challenging ourselves to make a game that delivers on the Super Hero promises of past top-tier fighting games."
"Marvel Super Heroes are a natural fit in the fighting game genre, so we're excited to have Kudo and his team of fighting game experts put these characters toe-to-toe against each other on next generation consoles," said Justin Lambros, Vice President of Interactive, Marvel Entertainment. "This is a game that will deliver to both comic book fans and to fighting game diehards."
Details about the game are still rather slim -- other than the fact that it will be released on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and that it will having "huge environments and a living world." However, EA has revealed that Tsunoda will be speaking on Marvel's videogame panel at the San Diego Comic-Con later today (3:30pm PST). Perhaps more will be revealed there.