There’s justifiable excitement around last week’s news that Marvel is teaming up with Square Enix for a multi-year collaboration that will kick off with a yet-to-be-titled “Avengers” game. The deal might prove prove something of a mixed bag for gamers, though.
First, the great news: According to a report from Eurogamer, Eidos Montreal is in the early stages of developing a game based on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”. The game will be a part of the blockbuster deal between Marvel and Square Enix, the parent company of Eidos Montreal, and will likely follow the originally announced “Avengers” title. Between this, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” due in theaters in a few short months, and the recent announcement that Telltale Games is developing a a five-part “Guardians of the Galaxy” series, it’s good time to be a fan of Star-Lord and company.
Unfortunately, fans hoping for another”Deus Ex” sequel are in for some disappointment. The next big “Deus Ex project” has been shelved for the foreseeable future. This is definitely a blow given that the last entry in the expected trilogy, “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided”, left quite a few plot threads dangling. However, given that “Mankind Divided” debuted to mediocre sales despite critical acclaim, it’s not particularly surprising that Square Enix, and by extension Eidos Montreal, would be shifting resources to the Marvel deal. Moreover, Eidos Montreal has been working to wrap up “Shadow of the Tomb Raider,” the highly anticipated next entry in the acclaimed “Tomb Raider” series.
Bottom line is, it sounds like there just weren’t enough development resources to go around. Plans could still shift — the rumored “Guardians of the Galaxy” project would only be at the pre-production stage after all, but if it is indeed on the docket for Square Enix, odds are Rocket Raccoon and Groot will make their big budget video game debut before we see Adam Jensen’s next outing.
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