Following blistering success over the last two years from high-quality games like Marvel’s Spider-Man and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Disney is ready to advance its presence in the video game medium. Speaking at yesterday’s 2020 DICE Summit in Los Angeles, a games executive with the company, Sean Shoptaw, iterated its drive to open up the catalog and “tap into the power of creatives across the industry” through fresh storytelling and reimagining Disney’s most popular characters and settings.
Disney’s current presence in games leaves a lot to be desired–we’re possibly the only industry left on Earth that can still say that about Disney. The Square Enix partnership yields lots of great times in the Kingdom Hearts series, but the exclusive Star Wars deal with EA has had disastrously low output, and we’re only just now starting to see legitimate Marvel games like Spider-Man and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, but the jury is very much out on how the upcoming Iron Man VR and Avengers projects will turn out. Disney plans to continue with licenses instead of in-house development going forward, but we’ll hopefully see better thought-out approaches. I can’t take another decade of Star Wars video game scarcity.
What this means for Nintendo is unclear–perhaps more remasters like the recent Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King. If Disney honors their commitment and slowly amps up their IPs’ industry presence, some great games starring bits and pieces of Disney’s vast catalog could be on the way. What would you like to see from the House of Mouse?