Looks like that recently announced Marvel MMO game is still quite a ways off. Marvel Comics bigwig Simon Philips reveals that the team is aiming for a 2012 release. But why take that long? According to him, they're planning to make it coincide after the rush of Marvel movies to hit theaters.
This seems to be the thread of thought they're trying to aim for - to release the game after the Avengers movie (scheduled for 2012), which comes after the Captain America, Thor, and Spider-man 4 movies (all in 2011), which come after Iron Man 2 (next year), which comes after X-Men Origins: Wolverine (this May!). Talk about a huge build up.
Aside from allowing us to busy ourselves with movies while we wait, part of it's actually due to development reasons.
See, the game is still in its very early stages. Here's Philips discussing more on the topic:
It sounds like a long way away, but it s not. We ve got to create, together with [game publisher] Gazillion Entertainment, that environment that is going to be a totally immersive experience and a perpetual storytelling experience as well.
Every day, every week, and every month, there is a new element of technology that comes about. So whatever plans we had for an MMO two years ago have now evolved to embrace that new technology.
We re looking at lots of different scenarios. But at this moment in time we haven t identified exactly what the end game is going to be. We re still working on the different variations that are potentially possible.
By 2012, rivaling DC Universe Online may have already been released. DC's own MMO is already scheduled for a release next year.
The yet-to-be-given-a-formal-title Marvel MMO is currently planned to be released for PCs and consoles - presumably the Xbox 360 and PS3.