With the recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney, many of the Fox subsidiaries and IPs have been under a pretty taxing microscope. Alongside all of their movie and animation studios, Fox also had their own game development studio called FoxNext. FoxNext is allegedly on the chopping block currently under Disney’s new supervision. That could lead to a troubling future for their main game, Marvel Strike Force.
According to a report by Bloomberg, the entire decision comes from Disney CEO, Bob Iger. Iger recently made the case that he’d rather Disney get out of the business of making and/or publishing games. The 2016 shut down of toys-to-life game Disney Infinity and the 2017 cancellation of Club Penguin, were just the beginning. He’d just prefer to license out their properties to other studios.
What’s Next For FoxNext?
FoxNext’s Marvel Strike Force was among those licensed games, with growing popularity over the past year as a heavy-hitting mobile game. The game plays identically to the also-Disney-licensed EA mobile game, Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes. Of course, that comes complete with Marvel characters, stories, and some changes to the formula on which it is based. With single player and multiplayer alike in the game, it relies on a free to play model and has constant updates and events.
FoxNext also has other games based on the Fox properties, Aliens and Avatar, in the works. While the Aliens title and details are kept under wraps, Avatar: Pandora Rising’s website has only a quick description. “Experience the striking beauty of Pandora in Avatar: Pandora Rising. Lead a flourishing Na’vi village or build a prosperous RDA mining colony. Collect iconic heroes, troops and resources, build your base, and fight real-time battles. Join the epic battle for survival, save your people and determine the fate of Pandora.”
Alongside Disney getting rid of FoxNext, it’s now currently unsure territory if the mobile developer will be able to keep the licenses they have been working on. With them all Disney owned now, Iger has made it clear that partnerships with other, more established game developers is the way to go. EA still has its Force-choke hold on the Star Wars properties and Square Enix assembling Marvel’s Avengers. So, maybe FoxNext will keep their licenses in the future.Related: 20th Century Fox, Aliens, Avatar, Disney, FoxNext, Marvel Strike Force, Mobile, Mobile Game, Mobile RPG, News