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Microsoft and Marvel sign Exclusive Agreement for Online Game

July 16th, 2005

Microsoft and Marvel Sign Exclusive Deal

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Microsoft announced on July 14th at the Comic-Con International convention that they joined with Marvel Enterprises Inc with a licensing agreement.   Microsoft has obtained the exclusive rights to create and distribute massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) using the Marvels Universe of Super Heroes in their games.  These games will be developed for the Microsoft Xbox360 system and also for Microsoft Game Studios.

Marvel has a library of over 5,000 characters with the more popular ones being Spiderman, Xmen, Fantastic Four and the Avengers.  Anticipated release time for the Marvel Super Heroes game is estimated to be around 2008. 

MMOG’s have grown in popularity since 1999’s EverQuest and in 2004 with the extremely popular World of Warcraft, released by Vivendi Universal.  The profit potential for MMOG’s reaches new heights for games.  The World of Warcraft game costs $50 for the software and then the players pay $15 per month to play online, which is now at more than two million subscribers.  This game is estimated to make more than $500 million dollars in sales this year.


Currently the Microsoft Xbox and Sony Playstation have not addressed the potential of MMOG with their current game machines.  Computer owners have been the fans of this type of game play.   MMOG’s are very popular not only in the US but also in Asia markets as well.

The Microsoft Xbox360 is expected to be sold this holiday season.  Features of the unit include a wireless controller, interchangeable custom faceplates, improvements to Xbox Live service to connect to the internet, High Definition display, and faster CPU processing.

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By Nicole Wilson
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