A few months ago I took a day off work to stay home and play the new "Spider-Man" game that came out that day. The game was amazing and marked a shift in how Marvel approached video games based on their properties.
In the past, Marvel would license their characters out a single developer that went ahead and made the games they wanted to. Occasionally a great game would come out of this, like 2009's game based on the horrible "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" movie, but most games ended up average at best.
With "Spider-Man," Marvel approached Sony to find out what game they wanted to work on. They did the same thing with Square Enix, which is working on an Avengers game.
That's the way to do it. Instead of licensing all your characters out to one developer, find a studio that's passionate about a character or characters and let them make that game.
I wish this was the direction Disney had taken with the Star Wars license after they bought Lucasfilm in 2012. Instead, they signed a 10-year exclusive deal with EA to make Star Wars games. EA gets a lot of hate (earlier this year it was ranked the fifth most hated company in American by 24/7 Wall St.), but I wasn't initially upset that they were getting the Star Wars license.
EA has a lot of studios, and I was hoping we would be getting a lot of Star Wars games; at least one a year. Things looked good when EA announced at E3 2013 that it was rebooting the popular "Star Wars Battlefront" series.
But in the five years since EA has had the Star Wars license, they've only released two "Battlefront" games, neither of which have been universally loved by gamers like games such as "God of War" and the aforementioned "Spider-Man."
There's five more years left on EA's contract. I really hope Disney doesn't renew it, and instead makes deals with individual developers who are as passionate about Star Wars as I am.
If I could greenlight one game, I would love to see Naughty Dog, the makers of the Uncharted series, develop a third-person action game that follows Han Solo or Poe Dameron.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at email@example.com. He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2," "Red Dead Redemption 2" and "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate." You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID, DustRAG316.