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EA Chicago to Develop New Marvel Superhero Fighter

At the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con, Electronic Arts announced it will develop a new franchise of superhero fighting games based on Marvel-licensed characters, for PS3 and Xbox 360 and a 2008 release date, to be created by EA Chicago (_Fight Night, Def Jam:

Leigh Alexander, Contributor

July 27, 2007

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At this week's Comic-con 2007 in San Diego, Electronic Arts Inc. announced that it will develop a brand new superhero fighting game franchise using the Marvel license. The game's development will be handled by EA Chicago (Fight Night, Def Jam: ICON), which specializes in the fighting genre, and the new franchise will launch on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2008. According to EA Chicago VP and general manager Kudo Tsunoda, the game will feature an authentic all-star lineup of Marvel superheroes, and a large-scale "living world." Enthuses Tsunoda, "Every battle will be unique; every battle will be like a first edition." He continued: “We looked at past comic-based games to find out what was missing and what was needed to successfully translate the intensity, excitement and fiction from comics into fighting games. We’re challenging ourselves to make a game that delivers on the Super Hero promises of past top-tier fighting games.” Electronic Arts previously produced the (pictured) Marvel Nemesis: Rise Of The Imperfects, a Nihilistic co-developed title with both EA and Marvel-devised superheroes which debuted in 2005 to a lukewarm critical reception. For this new title, Marvel promises a game that will "deliver to both comic book fans and to fighting game diehards." The worldwide unveiling of the EA Chicago/Marvel game, along with a behind-the-scenes look at EA Chicago development, will air on Spike TV show Game Head on Friday, August 31 at 1:00 AM ET/PT.

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Leigh Alexander


Leigh Alexander is Editor At Large for Gamasutra and the site's former News Director. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Slate, Paste, Kill Screen, GamePro and numerous other publications. She also blogs regularly about gaming and internet culture at her Sexy Videogameland site. [NOTE: Edited 10/02/2014, this feature-linked bio was outdated.]

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