Microsoft Announce Marvel Themed MMO Title

First mentioned back in July 2005, Microsoft today unveiled the Marvel themed MMO currently in development at City of Heroes creator, Cryptic Studios. Called Marvel Universe Online, it is currently in development for both the Xbox 360 and Windows Vista, taking advantage of the cross-compatibility features demonstrated at E3 with Shadowrun.

The vision behind the alliance of Microsoft Game Studios, Cryptic Studios and Marvel is to expand the MMO genre and create an epic gaming experience exclusively for Xbox 360 and Windows Vista gamers to experience together online,” said Frank Pape, senior director of business development, Microsoft Game Studios. “Cryptic Studios is widely respected for their established track record of innovation and understanding of the MMO space, and they are a perfect fit for the creation of the best possible experience in ‚Marvel Universe Online.‘”

As an independent developer, Cryptic Studios has the freedom to make games and forge partnerships that we are truly passionate about,” said Michael Lewis, president of Cryptic Studios. “Cryptic Studios and Microsoft share a common vision for online gaming and commitment to quality titles. Together we will create a new exciting game that captures the uniqueness of the Marvel IP.

David Maisel, executive vice president, Marvel Entertainment added, “The huge Marvel fan base has been eagerly awaiting new information on our massive multiplayer online game. We are proud to have a premiere developer such as Cryptic Studios who has had such incredible success in the online gaming world developing this game. Marvel, Microsoft and Cryptic are committed to creating the definitive interactive Marvel universe experience via this massive multiplayer online game.