Disney has put a call out for more game developers to make games that reimagine its famous stories and characters.
This comes from Sean Shoptaw (via Hollywood Reporter), senior VP of games and interactive experiences at Disney, who spoke in front of a crowd of game developers at DICE Summit 2020 in Las Vegas on February 12, 2020.
“I’m here for one specific reason: to empower you to do really unique things with our [catalog],” Shoptaw said. “We want to tap into the power of creatives across the industry.”
He specifically invited game developers to “come and play” with Disney’s franchises, calling for more games like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Marvel’s Spider-Man, both of which told original stories in those universes and attracted plenty of praise.
Shoptaw also mentioned that Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, means that the likes of Aliens, Die Hard, The Simpsons, Avatar, Bob’s Burgers, and many more are possible franchises for game developers to use.
Before now, Disney has mostly worked with only two game developers on a long-term, those being EA and the many Star Wars games since Disney started publishing them in 2013, and Square Enix for the Kingdom Hearts series.
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It came out this week that the Gears of War creator was in talks to create an Aliens game only a couple of years ago. That fell through, but as far as is still known, there’s at least one other Aliens game being made by Cold Iron Studios.
With this open invitation from Disney we may see many more games like those in development soon enough.
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