Just Cause Developer Discusses Iron Man Game Cancellation

It has long been rumored that Avalanche Studios, the team best known for the just cause series (and not Avalanche Software, the studio developing Hogwarts Legacy), was making an Iron Man game over a decade ago. Now, a former member of that team has opened up about this Marvel game and offered his thoughts on why it was canceled.

Avalanche Studios co-founder Christofer Sundber (who left the company in 2020) opened up about that ill-fated Iron Man game with MinnMax. Sundber said the title had been in development for a few years and had been curtailed by company policy, an increasing budget, and a one-year shortened development time. He then said it was “a very complicated project that could have been really, really good”.

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Sundber said it was a good game from a development standpoint, but not from a commercial standpoint for the aforementioned reasons. It was also supposed to focus more on melee combat, almost like the Batman: Arkham games while giving the player the ability to soar through the sky. All the promise he had made that it was hard to see him go, according to Sundber.

“It was painful because so much time and energy had been spent on it and it looked absolutely amazing,” he said. “So that was the hardest part seeing a year and a half or two years of work – really hard work and really fun work too, which really showed in the build – just went down the toilet. “

Sundber also followed up on his LinkedIn page about the the interview as a whole and the canceled games he talked about (which includes a PS2-era game based on the Tremors frankness), saying that “life goes on”.

“Lots and lots of nostalgia here, ups and downs, twists and turns and how the canceled games don’t matter 14 years later,” he said. “Shit happens. Life goes on.”

The timing of Avalanche’s Iron Man game cancellation would have been after the two tie-in games to Sega’s critical film from 2008 and 2010. These are the last two major Iron Man games until 2020. Iron Man VRwhich developer Camoflaj released for PlayStation VR on PlayStation 4 in 2020.

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Avalanche Studios’ Iron Man title had only been rumored before. The company said it was working on a cartoon game in 2012 and supererogatory Twitter user reported in 2013 that he was filming Tony Starkbut this has not been officially confirmed.

Ben Hanson, founder of MinnMax, also raised the issue to Sundber in 2014 while at Game Informer. Sundber said the game was canceled, but he couldn’t tell if it was an Iron Man game when pressed on it.

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