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EA Vs. Marvel Fighting Games Announced

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the mutant-turducken dept.

The Almighty Buck 61

ADD Boy writes "Reuters reports that Electronic Arts and Marvel have come together to 'develop a series of fighting games pitting newly developed EA characters against Marvel superheroes like Spider-Man.'" This cross-media deal also sees Marvel "acting as licensing agent for the new [EA-created] characters and publishing comic books based on them", and "the deal includes more than 100 of Marvel's superhero characters, such as Spider-Man and the X-Men." However, the deal does not include the Hulk or Punisher characters, who are licensed to Vivendi and THQ respectively.

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newly developed? (4, Insightful)

B00yah (213676) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208079)

I'm not normally one to balk at a fighting game unless the premise is horribly bad, but half the fun of the Capcom v. Marvel series of games was the idea of your favorite Capcom characters taking on your favorite comic book characters. It's definitely going to be a hard sell for EA to push these new characters against Marvel's well loved character set.

And where is a decent DC v. Marvel game when you need it?

EA developing a fighting game. (2, Funny)

cgenman (325138) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208114)

That sounds like a bad enough premise for me.

Re:EA developing a fighting game. (0, Offtopic)

gozu (541069) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208499)

Mod parent +1 funny!

Re:newly developed? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8208260)

How much do you want to bet that at least some of these new EA characters are going to be gaudy, glitzy superhero stereotypes?

Up the ante: What about wagering on whether these EA characters will be tied-in to some horribly misconceived Marvel comic mini-series or crossover "saga?"

Ecch(s-Men)!

Looking forward to (1, Funny)

luigi22_ (733738) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208708)

Having my Sims battle Spiderman.

DC vs. Marvel? (1)

Gothic_Walrus (692125) | more than 10 years ago | (#8210945)

Most likely caught up in some kind of copyright hell. The rights to just the Marvel characters are split among at least three companies (apparently, EA, THQ, and Vivendi). It's likely that the rights for the DC characters are spread out similarly.

Right now, the closet thing we'd be able to get would be a (very ambitious) Freedom Force mod. Heck, for all I know, there's already one out there...

What EA Characters are there? (1)

CPlusPlusOwnsYou (749256) | more than 10 years ago | (#8211718)

Sure marvel has some cool fighting characters, but what does EA have? Sports games like nhl or nfl, nba, etc, etc... Are we going to see marvel characters fight hockey players or something?

Re:newly developed? (2, Funny)

August_zero (654282) | more than 10 years ago | (#8214852)

DC vs Marvel would be great, though I really doubt it is ever going to happen.

EA vs Marvel? Umm I can't really think of any interesting EA characters. Part of the charm of the vs Capcom line was the fact that Capcom has come up with some of the most memorable mascots over the years. The other part of the charm, is that Capcom (and SNK) are really damn good at making 2D fighters.

New characters by EA aren't going to cut it, and what are their established brands? Tiger Woods and John Madden both have some great sports titles bearing their names but how long are they going to stand up against the likes of Captain America or Iron Man? Is one of Madden's hurled Turduckens really going to be enough to knock out Wolverine?

They don't need the hulk (2, Funny)

hambonewilkins (739531) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208081)

He was already the star of an awesome, awesome videogame. You know, the one where you smash things... and then smash some more?

What EA characters? (0)

b0r0din (304712) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208090)

This isn't very specific, although it'll be interesting to see how this is implemented. And who knows, maybe make a movie out of it eventually? Maybe that's why the Hulk was excluded, after all Hulk tanked while X-men and Spider-Man were both popular movies.

Re:What EA characters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8231966)

How about Lord British and The Sims, and Wing Commander? Oops, EA killed Origin, and The Sims only has generic characters.

Whos EA going to have? (4, Funny)

paradesign (561561) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208110)

Tiger Woods, Madden, and the NASCAR's finest?

Come to think of it, maybe i would like to kick Tigers ass.

Re:Whos EA going to have? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8208228)

Hilarious. Mod parent up.

Seriously, Marvel has just been swept off its feet by EA's sales numbers. EA obviously wants the Marvel licenses - they've brought some success to other publishers in the past, not the least of which is Capcom (for fighting games, at that). But Marvel is getting the short end of the stick: EA has no marketable characters that would make a "Marvel vs. EA" worth a second mention by a prospective game player. In comparison, Capcom has infinitely as many, and that - combined with appealing gameplay - translates into successful marketability.

One thing's for sure. If some Tasmanian tiger comes anywhere close to throwing a boomerang at a Sentinel, even on a storyboard or in some EA monkey's sketches, this franchise as published by EA is DOOMED.

Besides, the words "EA" and "fighting game" don't mesh very well in my mind. Neither do the words "EA" and "original characters."

Re:Whos EA going to have? (1)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208322)

I believe it is tasmanian 'devil.'

Re:Whos EA going to have? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8208461)

EA published a game called Ty the Tasmanian Tiger for all three current systems less than 1.5(year) ago. THAT sad state of affairs is the extent of their original character appeal.

Marvel, this is what you've done to yourself.

Re:Whos EA going to have? (1)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 10 years ago | (#8218878)

Besides, the words "EA" and "fighting game" don't mesh very well in my mind. Neither do the words "EA" and "original characters."

One word.

Budokan!

LK

Re:Whos EA going to have? (1)

AzraelKans (697974) | more than 10 years ago | (#8227045)

Great moments from
EA VS CAPCOM


Ryu vs Maradona and Pele (from fifa 2004)
Announcer:"Oh my thats definetily a PENALTY!"

Street fighter vs Madden!

Tiger woods HYPER COMBO!!! (thousands of golf balls flutter through the screen)

Megaman vs MEDAL OF HONOR!!!
announcer: "they've brought the big guns!!"
(the screen is covered by gunfire and explosions)

Chunli vs NEED FOR SPEED!!!!
(chunli gets ran over by speeding cars)

Ryu vs Undying!!!
Ryu(frunces his eyebrow inquisitivily): who?
Announcer: "Undying" by Clive Barker
Ryu(knods his head then frunces eyebrow agan)
Ryu:who?

Oh my! Ive got to get this game as soon as is out! **And nothing could prepare you next year for : BLIZZARD VS CAPCOM!!!!!

EA characters? (4, Insightful)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208167)

They're so helpful to offer up a couple examples of Marvel characters, but neglect to mention any of the EA characters they are going to be up against. What characters does EA even have? Is it gonna be spiderman vs. some bf1942 grunt?

Re:EA characters? (4, Informative)

simoniker (40) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208376)

I'm not sure the article makes this clear, but I don't believe they'll be using existing EA characters - I think the plan is to create all-new superhero-style characters which 'belong' to Electronic Arts. Whether this is a brilliant creative move or a cynical IP-building cash-in is, of course, open to interpretation. :)

EA's characters are sure to suck (4, Insightful)

Man In Black (11263) | more than 10 years ago | (#8209922)

How can EA possibly think they can make characters that could rival Marvel's? The only reason Marvel Vs. Capcom worked was because Capcom's characters already had a following. A fighting game with just Marvel characters would be good. Adding EA characters will simply dilute the game.

How much do you want to bet that EA's characters will be cookie-cutter fighting game fare that are made "extreme" to appeal to kids? I'm guessing there will be a karate guy who's looking for strong opponents, the karate guys rival, a big wrestler/grappler type guy, an army guy, a funky black guy, a token woman, and any number of other Street Fighter ripoff characters. I'm sure EA's focus groups will add enough attitude to turn them into instant Poochie's.

Re:EA's characters are sure to suck (1)

Dan Farina (711066) | more than 10 years ago | (#8216777)

That's one of the most thought out bits of cynicism I have ever read.

Sir, I salute you!

Re:EA's characters are sure to suck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8218420)

Let's name the karate man Ryo.

Re:EA's characters are sure to suck (1)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 10 years ago | (#8218892)

Let's name the karate man Ryo.

Call the karate guy Ryo, call the funky black guy Rye, call the token woman Melba, I think that the bread connection works.

LK

Re:EA characters? (1)

Baby_with_a_nailgun (669757) | more than 10 years ago | (#8210872)

I'm not sure the article makes this clear, but I don't believe they'll be using existing EA characters - I think the plan is to create all-new superhero-style characters which 'belong' to Electronic Arts. Whether this is a brilliant creative move or a cynical IP-building cash-in is, of course, open to interpretation. :)

I expect that if this game sells well, there will be a slew of games featuring your 'favorite' EA characters from the game.

Re:EA characters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8208446)

Maybe some Origin characters, like The Avatar(tm), The Guardian(tm), and some random Kilrathi(tm)?

I'm Dissapointed (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208219)

I was hoping it would be like Marvel vs NFL or some such.

That would be a lot of fun.

This makes as much sense as... (2, Funny)

Ayanami Rei (621112) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208310)

Marvel vs. the WWE.
Marvel vs. the Sportscenter Team
Marvel vs. the Survivor champions
Marvel vs. Sprite, 7Up and Sierra Mist.

Marvel vs. Carvel Ice Cream Man!

EA vs. Marvel Dream Match '04 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8208369)

John Madden vs. Captain Britain
Tiger Woods vs. Galactus, Devourer of Worlds
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. vs. the Transformers (More than meets the eye)
Sims vs. uhh, Micronauts?
Harry Potter vs. Conan the Barbarian
Iolo the Bard vs. Silver Surfer

Re:I'm Dissapointed (1)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 10 years ago | (#8218918)

I was hoping it would be like Marvel vs NFL or some such.

That would be a lot of fun.


I have to say that this is the most profoundly homoerotic desire that I have ever seen expressed on Slashdot.

Disturbing...

Videogames and Sports are not supposed to be mixed.

LK

Cuz that's JUST what the comic industry needs (1)

aztektum (170569) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208248)

More CRAP

EA characters (3, Insightful)

MMaestro (585010) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208302)

EA has their own unique characters? Since when?

Seriously, without using licensed characters (Spiderman being the most notable) what character are they going to use? EA is most notable for its line of sports games and team based PC games (Battlefield 1942 of course). This is not a Capcom or Nintendo company which has a very broad cast of characters to choose from.

Not only that, look more carefully at the title.

EA Vs. Marvel Fighting Games Announced

Games, impling more than one. What are they going to do for an EA Vs. Marvel 2 game?
"Now fight using the Battlefield Vietnam grunt and the generals from C&C:Generals Zero Hour!"

Re:EA characters (1)

sladelink (536962) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208424)

EA has plenty of characters. Geeze, they own half the video game developers out there. Besides, I'd like to see a spoony bard from Bard's Tale take on Spiderman. Or the Avatar and/or Shadowlords from the Ultima series (Origin, bought out by EA years ago now) whoop on the XMen.

Re:EA characters (1)

Reorax (629666) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208463)

They probably mean multiple platforms with the plural. But who knows...

Re:EA characters (2, Funny)

antime (739998) | more than 10 years ago | (#8210656)

EA vs. Marvel 2004
EA vs. Marvel 2005
EA vs. Marvel 2006
EA vs. Marvel 2007 ...and so on until the sun explodes.

Since when does (1)

Iammadmak (460794) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208352)

EA have its own developed characters? Are they going to use characters from SSX or something?

Possible Matchups ... (2, Funny)

lake2112 (748837) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208448)

Spider-man vs. John Madden Wolverine vs. Tiger Woods Captain America vs. that guy in Medal of Honor Jean Grey vs. James Bond Iceman vs. (insert SSX character) The Hulk vs. car from Need for Speed any other suggestions?

Re:Possible Matchups ... (1)

Bob The Cowboy (308954) | more than 10 years ago | (#8210298)


Spider-man vs. John Madden Wolverine vs. Tiger Woods Captain America vs. that guy in Medal of Honor Jean Grey vs. James Bond Iceman vs. (insert SSX character) The Hulk vs. car from Need for Speed any other suggestions?


Carriage returns?

Re:Possible Matchups ... (1)

th3space (531154) | more than 10 years ago | (#8210504)

hell, even semi-colons would've worked.

Re:Possible Matchups ... (1)

CPlusPlusOwnsYou (749256) | more than 10 years ago | (#8211801)

EA has some great video game characters *cough* like Aragorn, etc.. from Return of the Kings game (only cool possibility) GOD (from Black & White), Harry Potter, The Sims, James Bond, Some players from Ultima Online?, Patrick Galloway from Undying, TY the Tasmanian Tiger, A soldier from Battlefield 1942, Christopher Stone from Freedom Fighters, Maybe SimGolf vs Marvel? or Command & Conquer vs Marvel? Save me jeebus!

I'm just hoping... (2, Insightful)

ADD Boy (739680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208653)

... that they will make this a well-balanced fast-paced 2-d fighter instead of a 3-d one (Street Fighter EX3 [ign.com] anyone?). Personally, I don't think EA will pull it off, unless they pursue their normal strategy of buying over companies that do know how to make games, and then just distributing it :P

Imperial Guard VS Apocalypse (1)

seann (307009) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208785)

I want to see that!
Marvel VS Marvel!

Re:Imperial Guard VS Apocalypse (0, Redundant)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208991)

Dude, that's not how it works. It goes

1) Unbelievable concept
2) (blank/silence/.../???)
3) PROFIT!

If you are going to rip off hackneyed phrases that were funny the first time but long ago lost their luster, you better damn well phrase them right!

Finally... (5, Funny)

GregThePaladin (696772) | more than 10 years ago | (#8208804)

I can beat the ever-loving crap out of JP from SSX.

Square (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8209291)

It's a longshot, but lets not forget that Square and EA are partners, even if it is just a publishing thing, but it COULD be possible to see some Square characters there. Very unlikely, but possible.

Re:Square (2, Informative)

deminisma (703135) | more than 10 years ago | (#8209873)

Square as an entity no longer exists, neither does their partnership with EA. To state the obvious, they merged with Enix to become Square Enix. No Square characters in EA games.

Re:Square (1)

n0wak (631202) | more than 10 years ago | (#8218728)

They chose not to renew the partnership (which was just a publishing deal in the first place) last year.

I wonder... (3, Funny)

jermyjerm (705338) | more than 10 years ago | (#8209309)

Will I be able to fight as my Sim?

EA has brought us such fine fighting games as... (3, Interesting)

dafoomie (521507) | more than 10 years ago | (#8210043)

Shaq-Fu, Budokan, Techno Clash, umm... Def Jam Vendetta? Does Knockout Kings count?

Good luck EA. John Madden himself as a playable character wouldn't save this game.

Re:EA has brought us such fine fighting games as.. (1)

antime (739998) | more than 10 years ago | (#8210660)

Include Chuck Yeager and I'll consider buying it.

Another thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8210127)

Marvel vs. Lord of the Rings

Serious Sam Style... (1)

UltimaL337Star (641853) | more than 10 years ago | (#8210360)

I would indeed love to see wolverine take on the Patriots in a game of keep away. It could be a third person mini-game with player one controlling wolverine on the field with his back turned torwards the screen while player 2 controls the team of large horney football players like a swarm...

No, no, no (1)

M3wThr33 (310489) | more than 10 years ago | (#8210538)

Unless they add DC to it, this game is going to suck.

It's so sad that Marvel sold out to EA for this.

Of course, aside from MK:DA, what good American fighting games have been released recently?

Hurra (1)

lvdrproject (626577) | more than 10 years ago | (#8211336)

Like i said on another forum. The only (and i mean, absolutely, only) possible redemption this game may have is if Madden is in it. If Madden is a playable character, i will buy this game. If he's not, the game is retarded, and i spit on it.

I wonder if we can count on EA to do their usual 'best' to keep their current fan base happy. That being, will they include shitty licensed music, and will they include some kind of retarded sports-type character? My guess is probably. :/

James Bond (1)

OxyFrog (727507) | more than 10 years ago | (#8211766)

EA does have the Bond license. James Bond and Wolverine going at it doesn't sound sucky.

3 months early Easter joke ??! (1)

IntergalacticWalrus (720648) | more than 10 years ago | (#8213490)

This is the stupidest game concept I have ever heard. Electronic Arts, a company which has NO FRANCHISED CHARACTERS OF THEIR OWN WHATSOEVER (as they only do sports and shitty licensed games) will attempt to do the same thing as Capcom did, only (duh) without Capcom. This is wrong on so many levels. Since when does EA do fighting games?? And why would Capcom let them plagiarize on of their former concepts ??! This is most obviously fake news.

Re:3 months early Easter joke ??! (1)

DarthWufei (686942) | more than 10 years ago | (#8226429)

While I do agree with what you're saying and your point. I haven't to say that not all EA games a sports and crappy licenses. I actually didn't think the slew of LOTR:Two Towers & Return of the King games were all that bad. :P Needed polishing yes, but eh EA did well with that. Now let's see them do that with something else, something new.

This best be 2D (2, Insightful)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 10 years ago | (#8215651)

The key formula IMHO in any fighting game is the pace. Whether you have a million moves or 10 moves, pace makes a big difference.

I have yet to see a 3D game pump polygons faster than the marvel vs capcom series. EA better know what they are doing.

This new game better be along the lines of Marvel vs. Capcom 3. It's gotta be of that quality for my money to swing that direction.

Re:This best be 2D (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8215762)

MvC doesn't use ploygons at all. So all polygon-based 3d fighting games by default "pump polygons" infinitely faster than MvC.

Now, a question:

What makes you think Americans know how to make a good 2d fighting game?

Re:This best be 2D (1)

iainl (136759) | more than 10 years ago | (#8224448)

Err, this is EA. King of the Mainstream. There's as much chance of this being 2D as there is of the next Medal Of Honour game being a shmup.

Marvel: Street anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8225105)

"That's right. This winter, EA BIG will release the most x-treme fighting game. Re-imagined from the tough inner city streets, this hip-hop themed brawler ......"

Dear God, Cyclops in a do-rag? Spider-Man is baggy jeans? *shudder*

What the?? (1)

AzraelKans (697974) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229929)

Are we in a alternate universe or something?
Capcom has made A LOT of fighting game characters they practically invented the genere, they actually made marvel characters such good fighters They dont even look like they come from comics.

EA has ZERO good fighting games (maybe def jam vendetta but thats a wrestling game) and now they want to make a fighting game with marvel characters against their own??? What? who they are going to fight exactly? Tony hawk? Tiger? Madden? LOTR? C&C? the Simpsons? I have news for you MARVEL idea guys, those are either real people or licenses from other propietors EA doesnt have AAA characters of their own

EA and Marvel may be a good combination (A marvel based battlefield 1942 or C&C anyone?) but a fighting game???? if you are a stocks buyer I would keep my money as far as possible from that "combo" as possible

One final business advice: is probably not a good idea to sniff glue during meetings. remember that before hallucinating how cool a game of spiderman vs tony hawk would be.
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