An all-new game based mostly on the Marvel superhero Iron Man is in growth at EA Motive, Electronic Arts introduced at present (opens in new tab), headed up by Marvel’s Avengers and Guardian of the Galaxy producer Olivier Proulx.
EA Motive’s Iron Man mission shall be a third-person, singleplayer action-adventure game telling an authentic story “that faucets into the wealthy historical past of Iron Man, channeling the complexity, charisma, and inventive genius of Tony Stark,” EA mentioned. It is being developed “in collaboration with Marvel,” and is at present in pre-production, which implies we can’t doubtless see something of substance about it—or phrase of a launch date—for a very long time but.
“It’s an honor and privilege to have the chance to make a videogame based mostly on probably the most iconic superheroes in leisure at present,” Proulx mentioned. “We have now a nice alternative to create a new and distinctive story that we will name our personal. Marvel is encouraging us to create one thing contemporary. We have now a lot of freedom, which is so partaking for the staff.”
The announcement additionally invitations to take a look at EA Motive job listings (opens in new tab) “should you’re taken with serving to them craft the last word Iron Man videogame journey.” Sadly, not one of the listings make particular reference to Iron Man at this level, so we’re not going to glean any additional insights that method.
I am not a superhero skilled—my comics-collecting days tended extra towards Vertigo-style fare and spinoff tales like Legends of the Darkish Knight and Marvel Comics Presents—however I can not assist questioning whether or not Marvel is a little behind the curve on this one. Star Wars, one other license EA has leaned into, is comparatively timeless and open-ended at this level, however Iron Man is one thing fully totally different: A selected character whose arc has concluded with absolute finality. Iron Man remains to be rolling within the comics, certain, however the character’s reputation emerges fully from the Marvel movies, not the books. And even when the affect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to resonate (which I feel is way from sure), the spectacular failure of Marvel’s Avengers (opens in new tab) clearly demonstrates that success on the massive display doesn’t by default translate into a videogame hit.
That is to not say EA’s Spider-Man game cannot succeed—Marvel’s Spider-Man (opens in new tab) is proof of that—however no less than Spider-Man is an fascinating character. Iron Man, properly, he is actually extra of a good Black Sabbath music (opens in new tab).
This in fact will not be the primary Iron Man game based mostly on the movies: That honor goes to the 2008 launch (opens in new tab) developed by Synthetic Thoughts and Motion, identified as of late as Behaviour Interactive, which featured voice work from Robert Downey Jr. and Terrence Howard, and wasn’t superb. Just a few years later, Simply Trigger developer Avalanche Studios went to work on an Iron Man game of its personal, however that mission fell aside after a couple of years due to “firm politics (opens in new tab).”