Xbox ‘passed’ Marvel’s first-party games in 2014, exec says

What do you want to know

  • The Spider-Man games on PlayStation were a critical and commercial success for Sony, Insomniac Games and Marvel.
  • According to an excerpt from a book featuring Marvel executive Jay Ong, Microsoft also had the opportunity to make first-party Marvel games.
  • Microsoft “passed” the offer, as the company’s strategy was reportedly to “focus on [Xbox’s] own IP.”
  • Marvel also traded Spider-Man’s IP away from Activision Blizzard, leading to its home on PlayStation today.

Some of the most well-known and beloved first-party “AAA” games on PlayStation belong to Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man umbrella. Now two strong games, with a third on the way, Spider-Man on PS4 and PS5 feels natural. In an alternate universe, however, Xbox could have been the company developing Spider-Man games with Marvel.

According to an excerpt from The Ultimate History of Video Games, Volume 2 by Steven L. Kent, detailed on Resetera, Microsoft actually “passed away” an opportunity to potentially work with Marvel on first-party games for Xbox, leading to the company’s Super hero. turn to Sony PlayStation. The book features Marvel’s vice president of games, Jay Ong, who immediately began exploring expanding Marvel’s reach in video games after taking over in 2014.

The only two companies Ong considered a suitable partner for a long-term licensing deal with Marvel were Microsoft and Sony. Today we know that Sony and its proprietary studio Insomniac Games have done wonders with the Spider-Man IP, most recently with Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS4 and PS5, but in 2014 the future doesn’t was not so clearly defined. Ong approached the two companies regarding the offer, but Microsoft turned it down in order to “focus on [Xbox’s] own IP.”

Activision Blizzard, currently in the process of being purchased by Microsoft, was Spider-Man’s former licensee, but Marvel negotiated a mutual agreement to back out of the deal as the publisher was apparently unhappy with Spider-Man’s sales. his Spider-Man. Men’s games. Subsequently, Marvel began working with PlayStation and Insomniac Games to create what Spider-Man games are today. Next up is Spider-Man 2 on PS5, which will be released in the future. Insomniac Games is also working on another superhero adaptation for PlayStation with Marvel’s Wolverine.

It’s interesting to consider a reality where Marvel games made by Xbox Game Studios might be some of the best Xbox games on the platform, but millions of gamers love what Sony and Insomniac Games have accomplished with Spider-Man on PlayStation. . While it’s not impossible for Xbox to make games with Marvel in the future, it’s clear that Sony and Marvel have a great working partnership. Xbox fans have a lot to look forward to, however, with a plethora of games in the works from Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda.

Joseph K. Bennett