Aug 31st 2009 By: Caleb Goellner
While the nerd world continues to reel from the news that Disney will soon absorb Marvel Comics, there are many big-ticket questions surrounding the $4 billion purchase's implications in various multimedia.
Fortunately for gamers, Kotaku
has somewhat sorted out at least a few preliminary details, giving Marvel fans some idea of what the future may hold for their favorite pixelated heroes and villains.
"On the video game front, (Marvel) have some smart licensing agreements with some of the best video game manufacturers in the business," said Lowell Singer, Disney's senior vice president of investor relations in a press conference this morning. "While we have been steadily moving in the direction of video game integration, we don't rule out the blend of licensing and self-produced and distributed video games."
Long story short, Disney is playing things by ear and will make decisions as various gaming licenses expire.
Marvel currently has prominent deals with Activision ("Ultimate Marvel Alliance 2"), Sega ("Iron Man 2") and THQ ("Super Hero Squad") and most of these deals won't be over with until well into the next decade.
Whatever happens, gamers will probably be playing on the next generation of devices before anything major takes effect. Like every other detail in this massive deal, we'll have more news as it develops.