A new Marvel MMORPG is in the works, according to job listings seeking developers for the project that’s officially titled Marvel Universe Online.
This is the first specific mention of a “616” universe game since plans to create a Marvel MMO got scrapped in 2008 and subsequently turned into Champions Online from Cryptic Studios.
News of a new Mighty Marvel MMO shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. It’s obvious that the organization has wanted to get into the MMO business for quite some time. The development company who published the job listing, Gargantuan Studios, is part of a Gazillion Entertainment who signed a 10-year deal to produce Marvel video games back in March.
Being an avid [Twitter] follower of several Marvel editorial staff members, I don’t recall a specific reference of this new MMO project either. However, since the development team isn’t even place, it’s possible that most of the initial groundwork wouldn’t be discussed in detail anyway.
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Here’s an except of the job listing:
Gargantuan Studios is creating Marvel® Universe Online, the upcoming MMORPG set in the amazing Marvel Universe. We need Artists, Designers, Programmers, Managers, and others with super abilities – send us your resume to begin your day-job and secure your future. Gargantuan Studios is located in San Mateo, CA, and is a division of Gazillion Entertainment, one of the largest independent developers of MMO games in North America.
The Art Director works directly with the team to ensure a quality and consistency of style throughout the game. This person is the designer and controller of the look of the game, from title screen to end credits. Initial concept art will be part of the starting duties. They must be experienced in the creation of detailed style guides and be comfortable dealing with external licensors on a daily basis. A broad knowledge of artistic styles, video games, comic books and film is essential. The Art Director will work with the illustrators, modelers, textures and animators to achieve the objectives set forth by the Development Director in a timely and thorough manner. They will report to the Development Director.