In recent years there have been many video games from various different publishers and developers that have utilized the Marvel brand and characters. The latest example being Marvel’s Midnight Suns, a tactical role playing game (Similar to the XCOM series) inspired by the Midnight Sons storyline from the Ghost Rider comics and incorporates various members of both the Avengers and the X-Men.
The game launched on December 2nd, 2022 for Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5 and PC with ports to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch currently planned for March of this year. The game revived mostly positive reviews from various critics and outlets with an 83/100 on Metacritic and 8/10 on IGN.
However, in a recent interview with Bloomberg Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two (the game’s publisher) stated “it’s possible the release window wasn’t perfect.” Indicating that the game is a commercial slot for the company. Even shortly after the game’s launch it was listed is multiple sales, even being apart of a “buy one get one 50% off” sale at Target.
This is the latest game with the Marvel brand to fall in recent years. The 2017 fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite was a commercial disappointment and Square Enix’s two major Marvel titles, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, cost the publisher millions. The only real Marvel video game success was Insomniac’s Spider-Man.
There is a chance for the game’s sales numbers to climb back up with the release on other last-generation consoles as well as the highly popular and portable Nintendo Switch. But with the game already being discounted at various retailers it may not even turn a profit with the extra sales.
Could the negative sales of various Marvel projects impact the future of other Marvel related projects? Only time will tell. Both Insomniac’s Spider-Man follow-up and Wolverine games are still in development. Hopefully they will do well.
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