Future Plans For Monsterverse Unveiled And First Glimpse At Skull Island Anime
A couple weeks ago, there was an event in Las Vegas called Licensing Expo 2022 where many companies would come to gather and show off their franchises and unveil plans for those franchises. Legendary Entertainment was present at the expo, but there was no word on future plans for their franchises for some time. That was until this week, some plans were unveiled for the Monsterverse series.
The first to be revealed is an announcement for three different style of games. The first is a 2.5D action-adventure video game set after the events of Godzilla vs Kong. The game is described as followed: "Set after the events of Godzilla vs Kong, players exploit the strength of the Titans to traverse a crumbling metropolis on the trails of unraveling a mystery tied into the franchise." The game will be developed by 7Levels, a small studio known for releasing PC and Nintendo Switch titles such as Castle of Heart, Destrobots, Inbento, and Jet Kave Adventure.
The second Monsterverse game will be developed into a mobile game by free-to-play publisher Tilting Point. The mobile game will be a multiplayer online survival-strategy game where "humans fight together against the renowned Titans." Some of their mobile game titles include Spongebob: Krusty Cook-Off, Star Trek Timelines, Warhammer: Chaos and Conquest, and Zombieland: AFK Survival.
The last game comes from Zen Studios that is known to develop digital pinball games. Legendary Entertainment has partnered with Zen Studios to develop a trio of digital pinball tables based on the Monsterverse with Pinball FX on PC and soon for Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.
For the next announcement, an article from a French journal website called The Business Journal that announced Legendary Entertainment is developing a theme park with the help from Studios Occitanie Méditerranée. According to the article, Legendary’s biggest franchises such as Godzilla and King Kong from the Monsterverse series, Pacific Rim, and DUNE and their worlds will be the center focus of the theme park’s attractions.
In an article by an unknown source, Legendary Entertainment’s vice president and franchise management James Ngo has this to say, “Legendary has a rich library of marquee titles and a commitment to quality genre and compelling storytelling that is perfect for location based experiences.” He continues, “The fans of our projects and franchises are paramount to what we do, and we are thrilled to partner with Studios Occitanie for the opportunity to offer another unforgettable way to transport audiences into our expansive worlds and stories.” The theme park is said to be located in an area south of France and is slated to be open in 2025.
Video game studio Ubisoft announced the same partnership with with Studios Occitanie in November 2021 for an “Entertainment Center” concept, located in the same area as Legendary Entertainment’s theme park, and will open by 2025, as well. This tells us that both Legendary and Ubisoft are part of a larger park being planned.
The last announcement reconfirms that the next movie in the Monsterverse is in development and Netflix's Skull Island is still moving forward. Shortly after, Legendary and Netflix gave us our first glimpse of the anime, which shows two human characters kneeling in a giant footprint by a beach. Legendary Entertainment and Netflix posts on social media saying, "Here's your first glimpse at Skull Island, a new anime series about a group of explorers that find themselves on a collision course with strange beasts, terrifying Titans and the most mysterious island the world has ever known!"
2022 has proven to be a tough year for Netflix as a number of live-action and animated shows had to be cancelled due to Netflix's stock crashing back in April and failing to attract more people to subscribe to the streaming service. So there was a lingering question on whether Skull Island would be one of Netflix's next victims to get the chop. Also, there was a worry that the anime was forgotten about. After it was announced last year, there was no word on progress of development since then and it was quickly forgotten about when Apple TV's MONARCH was announced. We now know that Skull Island is still coming and rumored to release later this year.
What are your thoughts on the coming attractions being developed for the Monsterverse? Have you played any games developed by 7Levels, Tilting Point, or Zen Studios? Will you be willing to fly to France to check out Legendary's theme park? Leave a comment in the comments section of your thoughts on everything that was unveiled. Make sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Minds, MeWe, Gab, and TRUTH Social to stay up to date for more news, reviews, and discussions.