Before Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the company operated under Twentieth Century Fox Film and the Fox Networks Group. Now, the house of the mouse owns FoxNext and is reportedly planning on selling it to another company or canning it.
In case you are unaware of what FoxNext has under its belt, it’s not much and primarily mobile. Yes, VR stuff like Alien: Descent and Crisis on the Planet of the Apes are none-mobile games, but here are the titles that put the company on the map:
- Marvel Strike Force (mobile game)
- Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow (mobile game)
- The X-Files: Deep State (mobile game)
- Alien: Blackout (mobile game)
FoxNext also has other games in the works based on franchises such as Avatar and of course Aliens. But, publication site bloomberg.com reports that Disney is planning the sale of the studio driven by CEO Bob Iger.
Despite the website highlighting executives such as the direct-to-consumer chief, Kevin Mayer, expressing interest in keeping the branch, Iger is reported to want out of the business of making games:
“Walt Disney Co. plans to sell FoxNext, the video-game business acquired with the purchase of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets earlier this year, according to people familiar with the matter.
The business, founded two years ago, makes free-to-play mobile games based on entertainment properties, such as the hit Marvel Strike Force, which took in more than $150 million in its first year. FoxNext also has games in the works based on “Avatar” and “Aliens.””
Although nothing substantial or noteworthy has come out of FoxNext to my knowledge, this seems to be a prop for Disney to get rid of the arm which website gamesindustry.biz expresses:
“The possible sale of FoxNext is consistent with Disney’s past attitude toward the games business, with the company shuttering Disney Infinity and its studio, Avalanche, back in 2016 as part of a move to exit games publishing. It has since preferred to license its properties out, though the games developed by FoxNext were one of its few remaining holdouts.”
FoxNext is one of several things that Disney managed to snag as the result of its $71 billion Fox deal, and now it looks like it’s on the chopping block.
Time will tell if Disney cans FoxNext or if it will keep it. But at this rate, the only thing that seems to make bank is the free-to-play Marvel Strike Force pulling in $150 million in revenue in one year — and that’s all due to microtransactions.