News game Definitely, Marvel connects failures with video games on consoles
Published on 07/02/2023 at 14:48
Despite the obvious brand power, Marvel games continue to suffer commercial losses.
It often happens in the video game sector that despite great efforts and deserved critical success, some productions still fall into the category of commercial flop. This is recently the case of Marvel’s Midnight Suns according to renowned journalist Jason Schreier who shares the news on his Twitter account.
Some news: Marvel’s Midnight Suns was a critical success but a commercial flop.
Information that was entrusted to him by the CEO of Take-Two in person, Strauss Zelnick, during an interview conducted this week. The latter will specify that “it is possible that the release window was not perfect” but nevertheless believes that the title could make up for it in the long term like other Firaxis productions. For the time being, no official figures have yet been communicated about the game’s sales.
With a score of 83 on Metacritic, the game stamped Marvel and featuring the Avengers in tactical combat sauce seduced for its more accessible and dynamic approach to the genre, spectacular combat animations, abundant fanservice as well as an adventure full of twists. With us, it’s also a 17/20: “Marvel’s Midnight Suns succeeds in making tactical combat accessible to a new audience while showing great respect for the license it stages. By choosing to create a new character, the Firaxis teams place the player at the center of this adventure, surrounded by a cast of five-star superheroes to please everyone”. Let’s quickly recall the pitch: You play as Hunter, a legendary demon slayer with a mysterious past. Alongside legendary Marvel heroes like Iron Man, Spider Man and Wolverine, you must try to prevent the Mother of Demons from fulfilling an ancient prophecy and summoning her evil master, Chthon. Perhaps the DLC planned in the next few months on the game’s roadmap will revive the machine.
A Marvel curse on consoles?
Either way, Marvel’s Midnight Suns certainly isn’t the Marvel Family’s first failure, at least on consoles. On March 31, Marvel’s Avengers will receive its final update, while Crystal Dynamics will stop supporting the game on September 30. This is the end of a very ambitious service game on which Square Enix was betting a lot, but which unfortunately never convinced the players. As of last October, the number of concurrent users on Steam fell below the bar of 1,000 active players for production. “The adoption of the game-as-a-service model highlighted issues that we are likely to face in our future game development projects, such as the need to select game designs that match the unique skills and tastes of our studios and our development teams,” the studio said.
For Guardians of the Galaxy released a year later, the results aren’t glorious either. “Despite excellent reviews, sales of the game at launch were lower than expected,” read a financial statement from Square Enix.
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