Motive’s upcoming Iron Man project will take some cues from its recentDead Spacegame—namely, the use of a community council.
In a new blog, general manager Patrick Klaus revealed the studio would create a group made up of fans for the Marvel Comics character specifically, and Marvel overall. That team will give feedback on the project’s development, from its design to story and gameplay.
The Montreal developer previously used the feedback group to aid in development of 2020’sStar Wars Squadronsand the aforementionedDead Spaceremake. Notably, it appears to be a Motive staple: other Star Wars and Marvel developers such as Respawn or Insomniac Games haven’t brought up creating a group for their specific brand projects.
Iron Man in the works
Iron Manis still in early pre-production, said Klaus, as staff “takes our time to make sure we set the best possible foundation for development.” The project will use Unreal Engine 5—Motive’s last two games used EA’s proprietary Frostbite engine,which has previously been difficult for some EA developers (like BioWare) to work with.
Klaus further revealed that Motive has employed a hybrid work structure, wherein staff can either return to the office (as some staff have started doing) or continue working remotely. Some studios have continued to encourage remote work, while others are gradually pulling away from it and having staff come back to the office.
Earlier this year, Respawn’s then-game director Stig Asmussen praised the studio for quickly adapting to working remotely.Star Wars Jedi: Survivorfrom this past April, and Insomniac’sMarvel’s Spider-Man 2have been used as examples for how remote work ultimately doesn’t change how well a game is regarded in the public eye.
“This is part of our vision for Motive,”explained Klaus, “to give our teams the flexibility that remote work provides while also believing that collaboration and creativity can be more powerful and meaningful in person. I believe the right balance, and the renewed purpose it brings, will help us make our games even better.”