The game studio Aftershock has just been acquired by Fox through their FoxNext Games division and is currently operating as a sub-department. Now, Marvel has teamed up with 20th Century-Fox owned Aftershock and are developing a new role-playing game featuring iconic Marvel heroes. The two companies are still keeping their respective universes separate – Marvel Cinematic Universe and Fox Cinematic Universe – this is just another way to excite fans at the possibility of the two worlds merging together.
Aftershock was originally a part of interactive entertainment Kabam before they spun off last December for $800 million, followed by promptly being bought out by Fox. The game company has a history of developing great games like The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth and Marvel Contest of Champions. They are rumored to be currently working on a planned Avatar mobile game, due to release before James Cameron’s Avatar sequel hits theaters.
The news of the Marvel RPG was acquired by Newsarama through a press statement by Marvel. The official statement comes from the company’s Senior VP of Games and Innovation, Jay Ong:
“Aftershock is creating something special and we are thrilled to finally announce this news. The game will be the full package: an exciting storyline, epic moments with Marvel superheroes and supervillains, and incredible visuals that truly bring our characters to life. It’s shaping up to be one of our biggest and boldest projects in our mobile portfolio, and we know it will exceed our fans’ expectations.”
Another statement from FoxNext Games’ President of Studios, Aaron Loeb, expresses his enthusiasm over the Marvel partnership and eagerness to create a magnificent RPG with such iconic superheroes:
“The Aftershock Los Angeles team, led by Amir Rahimi, is developing an explosive action mobile game set in the Marvel Universe that will feature an innovative game design with stunning graphics. To team up with Marvel on our first game at FoxNext Games is a dream partnership.”
Marvel Games has said earlier this month that they are beginning to build their video game portfolio similar to the MCU, hoping to gain the same reputation as both their MCU and TV counterparts.
With both companies partnering on this single project, it is important to note that this will be entirely separate from both Marvel and Fox’s cinematic universes. Although Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige has mentioned a crossover is not completely improbable, there are no discussions at the moment between the two establishments. Both studios have incredible projects lined up, such as the announcement of the Dr. Doom film, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and Deadpool 2 for Fox. Marvel has its hands full with the two massive Avengers films – Infinity War and its unnamed sequel – along with several film sequels and the introduction of Captain Marvel in her standalone MCU movie.
How excited are you to be able to role-play as your favorite Marvel heroes, from both universes? Let us know!