The tentative release date for the Marvel Comics MMO seems to be timed with the release of the Captain America and Avengers movies. That, or the end of the world according to the Mayan Calendar.
Simon Phillips, who is Marvel's president of worldwide consumer products, floated 2012 as a possible date to MTV's Splash Page (then picked up by Stephen Totilo at Multiplayer). The date seems somewhat firm, too, as he immediately defended it as being not too far off, really.
It sounds like a long way away, but it's not. We've got to create, together with [game publisher]Gazillion, that environment that is going to be a totally immersive experience and a perpetual storytelling experience as well.
Think you're getting any juicy teaser details about what to expect more than THREE WHOLE YEARS from now? Think again. "At this moment in time we haven't identified exactly what the end game is going to be," Phillips said. "We're still working on the different variations that are potentially possible."
Not to be outdone, Ripten offered a list of all the things that will have taken place by the time the Marvel MMO joins us in the real world. Some excerpts.
• Duke Nukem Forever will have been delayed... 7 times.
• GameSpot will go out of business once a suspicious 10/10 review is posted for Imagine: Bloggerz 2.
• Activision will have run out of ideas, and begin selling games via digital distribution. Their first attempt is Guitar Hero: The Best of Oasis. The setlist is empty.
• The National Funk Congress will have finally settled the Get Up/Get Down dilemma.
Marvel Targeting 2012 For New MMO, Leading Out Of 'Avengers' Movie [MTV Multiplayer via Ripten, thanks Lupich][Picture by Hellseeker, at PencilJack forums]