Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers” is cleaning up at the box office, the fan favorite film bringing in $200 million in its first weekend of US release and over $600 million worldwide, thanks to a star-studded cast and the direction and writing of Joss Whedon. But, oddly enough, this summer’s first massive tentpole blockbuster was released without a video game tie-in. Zen Studios is working on an “Avengers Chronicles” pinball pack for “Marvel Pinball” that features a table based on the film, but that’s it for the gaming landscape. THQ had a project in the works at one point, that may or may not have been an official tie-in, but it was cancelled for unspecified reasons.
However, all doesn’t appear to be lost. As reported on Fusible, Ubisoft, the company behind “Rayman Origins” and the “Assassin’s Creed” series as well as the forthcoming “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier” has registered a domain titled “Avengers: Battle For Earth.”
While there is literally no further information at this time, the domain registration at least offers fans hungry to take on the roles of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes some level of hope. Could it be a big-budget action game along the same lines as Activision’s upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man?” Perhaps it’s a downloadable effort for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network that will give players an affordable superhero experience. Or it could even be something set for Facebook, along the same lines as “Avengers Alliance.”
Whatever the case may be, it appears as though Marvel has finally partnered up with a publisher who it feels can make good with “The Avengers” franchise and, whatever the project is, there is a good chance it will be be revealed around the same time as the film’s home video release this fall rather than this summer.
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