Marvel has released a few tie-in video games so far based on their Cinematic Universe, and the results have not been good – notably seen in the poor reviews to both the “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Thor” games.
Will we ever see an official game based on “The Avengers” movies though? Marvel’s Head of Games TQ Jefferson tells IGN:
“We would rather not have a game than to just sign something to have something out on time… The Avengers game will come when we have the right partner, that has the right vision, that has the time to develop a strong, competitive triple-A title and wants to do it right. It has to hit our three pillars: Fun and engaging gameplay, true to the characters, compelling story.
Without hitting those notes, we shouldn’t do it. Gamers, they know better. They’re not going to flock to something that’s sub-par…I think the fact that there wasn’t an Avengers game turned out in time for the film is indicative of Marvel’s new attitude and the approach to how we find partners and build games. I think in the heyday of the movie licensed game, these games were popping out all the time and most of them sucked.”
Games using Marvel characters in their own gaming worlds rather than direct adaptations have proven more successful, most recently with “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes” and the much anticipated “Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes” this Fall.