Activision have announced that development duties for upcoming Spider-Man games will be handled by Beenox, the studio behind Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
, and Ultimate Spider-Man
on the original Xbox. Besides Treyarch, who have since become solely focused on the Call of Duty games, Beenox are the only studio to have ever handled multiple Spider-Man titles on consoles.Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
is currently the highest rated Spider-Man game on the Xbox 360, with an average score of 76 on Metacritic; Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
, Spider-Man 3
and Spider-Man: Friend or Foe
all scored below 70, which doesn't say a lot for the state of the franchise really.
Patrick Kelly, senior vice president for Activision, said:
Beenox's creative vision reinvigorated the Spider-Man gaming experience among critics and fans in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. We can't wait to see where this talented studio will take this franchise in the future.
Beenox's studio head Dee Brown is also, unsurprisingly, quite pleased with the news:
We are thrilled with this opportunity to continue our close, collaborative relationship with Activision, Marvel and everyone's friendly, neighborhood hero, Spider-Man. Being able to map out Spider-Man's interactive future gives us the creative freedom to really craft the best gaming experience for the fans.
In a previous interview with Joystiq
, Beenox's creative director Thomas Wilson previously stated that he wouldn't mind focussing on Noir or 2099 Spider-Man for their next game because "they're interesting, they're different, they're new." Ultimately though, it is up to Activision to decide the direction for the next game.
Just as another random bit of trivia for you; Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
is also the highest scoring of all of the games that the studio have developed for the 360.