As many people sat astonished, reading the millions of Twitter posts about Disney buying Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, I started to think. How could this affect video games? Sure, there have been many articles and blogs already written on the possible effects overall, but I’m more curious about the games. So aside from the possible Marvel rides at Disney World, and the likely movie tie-ins, let’s look at what this could mean for our beloved pastime.
Whether it be an existing game franchise, such as Marvel Ultimate Alliance or Kingdom Hearts, or a brand new idea, let’s face it — putting the two groups of characters together in a game could work out well. Picture Mickey fighting alongside Spiderman in an epic story. I know right now it sounds weird, but I’m sure you thought the same thing before you played Kingdom Hearts for the first time.
Better Online for Wii/DS
Yes, most of us are still not happy with the Friend Code system. And even though lately, some developers have been getting around it, Disney has been doing this for some time. They developed their own Disney Online gaming system, which allows you to have one username for all Disney Online games. Through this, it is obvious that Disney does value the online gaming experience. I cannot see why this would not help future Marvel games. I’m still upset that Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 will not have online gameplay for Wii, but if Disney had something to do with it, maybe they would have included it.
Sure, both Disney and Marvel currently have so many characters in existence, how could you even ask for more? Well, the truth is that there are so many creative juices flowing around both of these companies that together, they should be able to create anything. There’s no telling where this could go — from new characters, to new games, to maybe even new gaming experiences we’ve never thought of before. Just imagine…
So, there you go — a positive spin on the “Disney purchases Marvel” story that you have been hearing lately. What are your thoughts on how this could affect the gaming industry? Share your thoughts below or in our forums!