Marvel's new video games will be free to tell stories outside the MCU

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Feb 27, 2017

Marvel is cranking up development on some ambitious video games connected to some of their biggest properties, and now we have a bit more insight into the creative approach. Which isn't exactly what we expected (in a good way).

Marvel Games Creative Director Bill Rosemann chatted with IGN about the upcoming video games Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, The Avengers Project from Square Enix and Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4. Rosemann confirmed none of these games will attempt to tie into the MCU, which was a strategic decision designed to give developers more freedom to explore original stories that aren't beholden to the decade-deep movie canon.

Here's an excerpt from his comments:

"We want to give [developers] freedom to tell their story and we want to make it an original story. We want to give our partners ... freedom to look at all of Marvel history and to pick from what interests them. It's a bit like we're saying, 'Hey you're the chef, you're going to make this meal. Here's all of the ingredients. You pick the ingredients that you like and make a new meal …

"We want all of our games to tell an original, all-new story. We want [our development partners] to have passion, we want them to put their stamp on the games. It's their game. We want it to be their vision. We're not going to rush things, we're not going to get things out before they're done. We're also not going to try to do the very tricky balancing act of trying to make a game that adapts a movie and get it out in the same window as the movie."

That doesn't mean the games won't take some inspiration from the MCU, but much like the comics, the creators here will have the freedom to do pretty much whatever they want to try to tell a good story. As Rosemann notes, it also means they (hopefully) won't be cranking out games that are half-baked to hit a movie release window. Which, as anyone who has ever played pretty much any licensed game can attest, is a wise move.

What's your take on the strategy? Would you prefer MCU connections, or are you glad there will be some separation?

(via IGN)