Avalanche vet reveals firm was working on an Iron Man game

Avalanche vet reveals firm was working on an Iron Man game

The co-founder of Avalanche Studios Christofer Sundberg has revealed that the studio was developing an Iron Man game.

Speaking to MinnMax, Sundberg - who left the company in 2019 - said that the title was being made in collaboration with Marvel and Disney, though was canceled in 2012 due to “company politics.” It had been in development for a few years at this point. The Iron Man game would have let players take off and fly anywhere they wanted, which seems in line with Avalanche's Just Cause series.

Said company politics involved Disney and Marvel requiring Avalanche to hire a lot of staff to finish the project ahead of schedule, something that Sundberg reckons would have pretty much destroyed Avalanche.

“It was like, shortening development time, increasing budget, we would have to hire 70 or 80 people to the team that I would have had the responsibility to find a new project for.

“But the development time was shortened down so much so it was impossible to do. It would have broken the studio completely if we had agreed to that.”

He continued: “At the end of a project when the team is scaling down, that’s when you have to find a new project, and with that one year of development time cut from the original plan, it would mean that I had one year less to find a new project for a big development team which would have been impossible, and hiring all those developers would have been a complete nightmare, so it was for the best.”

Sunberg departed Avalanche in 2019 after 16 years and has since set up a new studio called Liquid Swords.

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