It's hard to believe, but we've been enjoying Marvel games for 30 years now. Turning 30 is never easy for anyone, but Marvel's interactive arm seems to be taking it in stride and celebrated heartily at their Comic-Con 2012 panel.
In 1982, Marvel released Spider-Man for the Atari 2600 and they kicked off their panel by showing the seemingly-ancient television commercial for the game. It was the comic book giant's first foray into computerized entertainment, and in 30 years, they've come a long way. To illustrate just how far games have come, the Marvel gang screened the trailer for the recently released The Amazing Spider-Man. The newest Marvel offering was met with critical acclaim from game critics (Read our The Amazing Spider-Man Review.), and the trailer was a big hit with the crowd.
Not ones to dwell in the past, however, the panel soon moved on to upcoming titles set in the Marvel universe.
First up was Marvel Avengers Battle For Earth, coming in the Fall from Ubisoft. A Kinect-enabled game, Battle for Earth focuses on an immersive player experience. Producer Pierre Leroux explained:
"Let me ask you a question: have you ever wanted to throw spider webs? Who has ever wanted to throw a magnetic pulse? Who has ever wanted to raise their green hand and smash the ground? Get prepared. It's what you are in this game. Your movements appear on screen in super hero movements. For the very first time, you'll be able to play a physical motion fighting game with Marvel Characters."
Based on The Secret Invasion storyline from the comic books and not the movie, Battle For Earth will feature over 20 character models, an online mode, as well as a challenge mode. Leroux explained, "It's pretty hard to master. You need to train. You need to play a lot so you can manage all the tactics that are in this game. It's also pretty rich."
Then, the panel moved on to Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, which will be a download available in September 2012. Origins is a two-for-one HD remake of Marvel fighting game classics Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of the Super Heroes.
"We have a really great relationship with Capcom. We figured it was time to let you complete your collection on one console." said Marvel games's Chris Baker. Origins will feature replays and a spectator mode, as well as screen mock-ups designed to capture the feel of old school arcade play. "It's arcade perfect," Baker added.
Of course, the highlight of the panel with the announcement of the next Marvel adventure, the Deadpool game developed by High Moon Studios.
However, in classic Marvel fashion, they weren't just going to make your typical announcement. When the panel started to tease a new IP, Deadpool himself burst through a door at the back of the room. Armed with a bull horn, he made quite a scene. Mad about the fact it had taken Marvel so long to make a game featuring him, he stormed on to the stage, and nearly destroyed Chris Baker's laptop with his over-the-top gestures, but it was all in good Deadpool-esque fun, as he introduced the first Deadpool game trailer.
He insisted it be shown twice, of course.
I, for one, am very excited about this game, which is due out sometime in 2013, but you can watch the Deadpool Game trailer, and decide for yourself.