Two years ago, Sega signed a deal with Marvel to develop games based on their superhero movies. Since then, we have seen the release of Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Out of the three games that accompanied the film releases, two were horrible (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk) and one was average (X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Not surprisingly, Sega published two of the three games. I'll let you figure out which ones they were. (cough - the crappy ones - cough).
With Iron Man 2, Captain America and Thor on the books for both Marvel and Sega, does that mean we, the audience, can look forward to more mediocre games from the fallen Sonic creator or is there a silver lining? Perhaps!
Two days ago, internal Sony documents leaked out on the internet (via Sega's FTP site) and provided a bevy of information for any parties interested. From confidential meeting notes, plans on launching a PS2 emulator for the PS3, to the release date of their new motion sensing controller (March in Japan); everything seemed to be there. Buried deep within the document held one short, but interesting note.
"ThorSCEA would like a look at the code soon."
While that might now seem unimportant, the fact that SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment of America) is requesting a look at the code means that they're in the midst of development of the game. With the film not expected until 2011, this gives Sega all the time they would need to develop and test this game and should produce a higher quality game compared to their previous efforts. While 2 years might not sound like a lot of time, the production schedule for the first Iron Man game was listed at 18 months.
Still, I'm cautious with Sega now a-days as they have not had the track record for producing top quality titles. Add that to the rule that games based on movies are almost always horrible and it's not boding well for Thor.
Still, I'll give it a chance. Who doesn't love hitting things with a hammer?
Look for the Thor, movie and game, in 2011.
(I would just like to note that I went this entire post without making any form of MC Hammer reference.)
Source: Edge [via: MTV]