Konami snags Marvel card game license
Yu-Gi-Oh! publisher adds superheroes to its
hand of trading card games.
More mirth and mayhem from mighty Marvel is in
the cards, as Konami today added the comic book publisher to its
stable of trading card licenses.
The deal lets Konami develop offline and
online games based on Upper Deck Entertainment's Marvel Trading
Card Game for current and next-generation game systems. Konami
also secured the rights to use Marvel heavy hitters like
Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and The Fantastic Four in the
Upper Deck's card game uses "The Vs. System,"
a framework of rules that allow for play between separate games.
Upper Deck's DC Trading Card Game also uses the Vs. System, so
decks from the two games are interchangeable, allowing
Spider-Man to square off against Superman, Batman against
Wolverine, and so forth.
Konami Digital Entertainment chairman and CEO
Kazumi Kitaue said that Konami's experience in converting the
Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game into a successful line of video
games will be capitalized on to give customers "a powerful new
way to interact with some of their favorite Marvel characters,
especially as the online community expands.”
Platforms, release dates, prices, and even
titles of the games under development were not announced.