Marvel teams with startup for online gaming worlds

Back in 2006, Marvel Entertainment, Cryptic Studios (makers of the City of Heroes games) and Microsoft announced that they were working on a massive multiplayer online game featuring the Marvel Universe. Then in 2008, we found out development of the game had been shut down. But recognizing that only Phoenix and Bucky actually stay dead in the Marvel Universe, it was only a matter of time before we heard the news that Marvel was back in the MMO game, right?

According to VentureBeat.com, online game company Gazillion Entertainment and Marvel have reached a 10-year agreement whereby the startup will "build a series of online game worlds with Marvel’s comic book characters." Oddly enough, the first one out the gate won't be a big online Marvel Universe game, but will instead be a kids-oriented one featuring their Super Hero Squad property. It's due in 2010, and the company has been working on the game for a year.

A giant Marvel game, dubbed Marvel Universe, for both the PC and video game consoles, is planned for the future, the article says. The company also has the license to make an MMO called LEGO Universe.

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