Activision Taps Hollywood Composer

Posted by jgaudiosi :: Hollywood & Video Games

Marvel_1Activision has enlisted Hollywood and videogame composer Chance Thomas ("Peter Jackson's King Kong" and "The Lord of the Rings") and game composers Chris Velasco ("God of War" and Mark Griskey ("Best of LucasArts Original Soundtrack") to score its first next generation comicbook game, "Marvel Ultimate Alliance," which ships for current and next generation platforms this November. The three composers have contributed over 50 minutes of music for the game, which will be used both in the game and during the cinematics.

Activision has had solid success with Marvel comic book games, lead by the "X-Men" and "Spider-Man" movie-based and comic-based franchises. Even the recent "X-Men: The Official Game," which was not well-received by critics, has sold solidly. Activision has a "Spider-Man 3" game in the works for next year, as well as a new Nintendo DS comic-based "Spider-Man" game coming out this fall. But the next big release from the game publisher is "Marvel" Ultimate Alliance." An Xbox 360 build of the game was shown at E3, and developer Raven is using the next generation visuals and sound to push the comic-based game genre in new directions. The game will include over 140 Marvel characters, including 20 playable superheroes like Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Captain America.

Marvel is spreading around the wealth when it comes to videogames. Microsoft is working on an Xbox 360 massively multiplayer online game set in the Marvel Universe. 2K Games will publish the "Ghost Rider" game based on the upcoming movie with Nicolas Cage. It will be interesting to see if the success of the "Blade" TV show on Spike TV will open up a new videogame outlet for the character. Activision previously released a "Blade" game tied to the second movie.

Not everything in the Marvel universe turns to gold. Electronic Arts had a flop with its fighting game last year, Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects. The game featured classic comic book characters as well as new characters created by EA for the game. The title failed to find an audience and it's unlikely sequels will be developed.

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