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Instant Analysis: Disney Has a New Video Game Production Partner

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The new partnership with Square Enix is notable because it's the first big licensing deal in the wake of Disney reducing its internal video game development efforts, and because the Marvel property has been underutilized when it comes to games. Time Warner has had great success with its Batman video games, but Disney's superhero ensemble hasn't had much to show on the gaming front despite blockbuster results on the silver screen. The company's Marvel Cinematic Universe film series is one of the most successful entertainment franchises in history, generating roughly $11 billion in ticket sales across 14 releases and driving healthy merchandise sales, so a bigger push into interactive entertainment should be welcomed by Disney investors.

Developer Crystal Dynamics' last two major releases received stellar reviews, which gives reason to be optimistic that the first game to emerge from the new partnership will be high-quality, and set the stage for the Marvel franchise to have continued success in video games and create a new revenue stream for Disney.

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