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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Marvel, Xbox 360 ink for Web game

"Marvel Enterprises and Microsoft announced a partnership Thursday at Comic-Con International in San Diego to bring a massively multiplayer online role-playing game to its new Xbox 360 game console in 2008. The Microsoft Game Studios-developed game, which will allow hundreds of thousands of players to interact within the Marvel comic book universe, will feature such superheroes as the X-Men, Spider-Man, Blade, Daredevil, Fantastic Four and the Hulk.

This marks the second attempt by Marvel to enter the potentially lucrative MMO games space. The company cut a 10-year deal with Vivendi Universal Games in September 2002, but no game was ever developed. The license just sat there because Vivendi was in transition, said Tim Rothwell, worldwide president of the Consumer Media Group at Marvel Enterprises.


The new deal also comes on the heels of a partnership between Sony Online Entertainment and DC Comics to create a superhero MMO for PC and next-generation consoles for late 2007. "
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