Disney has become quite the behemoth lately as over the past few years they have acquired a number of properties such as Marvel, Fox and Lucas Arts. With so many IP franchises under their care, it could have meant that specific IPs would only release to select developers for video game adaptations. However, it seems that the success of both Marvel’s Spider-Man and Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is causing the company to really embrace creativity from developers worldwide.
Sean Shoptaw, senior VP games and interactive experiences at Disney, was at the 2020 DICE Summit in Las Vegas where he spoke to those that attended. During the presentation, Sean stated that Disney would love to empower developers to try new and creative things to their line of franchises. Using both Marvel’s Spider-Man and Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order as examples, it’s clear that if developers are given the freedom to try something new or unique compared to the storylines already told in the past, we could find ourselves with some really incredible video game releases.
“I’m here for one specific reason: to empower you to do really unique things with our [catalog],” the exec told the crowd of game developers. “We want to tap into the power of creatives across the industry.”
It’s clear that Disney is interested in other developers pitching ideas for video game projects from their line of IPs. Of course, at the moment, we know that there are other projects in the works such as Marvel’s Avengers being developed by Crystal Dynamics. In the meantime, we’ll have to wait and see if there are any new title launches coming out from Disney which we could perhaps see unveiled during this year’s E3 expo.