The plan was for Saffire to develop and Mindscape Inc to publish, a 2D side-scrolling video game for Playstations and PCs, based upon Marvel Comics’ 2099 group of titles.
OH. SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED?
The game would have been set in 2099, a dystopian future set in the Marvel Universe that featured futuristic versions of Spidey, the Hulk and the X-Men. The storyline would have been loosely based on the One Nation Under Doom story that appeared in the comics and revolved around the Doctor Doom of 2099. The object of the game would have been to defeat Doom (amongst others) by taking charge of eight different characters from Marvel’s 2099 series of books (including the Punisher, Spidey, Ghost Rider, Daredevil, the Hulk, the Thing and a couple of the X-Men).
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
In early 1996 the game was announced, with a release date set for the end of that same year and by the middle of ’96 gaming magazines were sent demos and brochures to create an early buzz. Shortly after this playable demonstrations and promotional merchandise started to crop up at gaming shows (including Comic-Con), all with the goal of promoting the game’s eminent pre-Christmas release. Unfortunately whilst this was going on Mindscape went into financial difficulties and had to scale back its releases, which included Marvel 2099: One Nation Under Doom. Production on the game slowed down and the eventually halted for good; which resulted in it never being completed. Years later a few of the 2099 characters turned up in other games as either playable characters or unlockable extras, but the game itself never materialised.
WAS THIS SUCH A BAD THING?
In a way it was as love ‘em or hate ‘em, Marvel’s 2099 comics at least introduced a variety of new characters into the Marvel Universe, even if they were based upon already existing much loved comic-book characters. The release of the game would have probably helped establish the 2099 heroes better to non-Marvel readers and enjoyable characters such as Spider-man 2099 and X-Men 2099 possibly would have remained in print a while longer.
BUT WHAT IF?
If Marvel 2099: One Nation Under Doom had been released in 1996 then Doctor Doom would have instantly become a gaming legend. With that kind of power he would have quickly been seen as a potential movie icon and box-office smasher, which would have meant his own film... possibly something along the lines of such classics as Super Mario Bros (1993) and Street Figher (1994). This would have given him international stardom, fan adoration and he would have escaped having to appear in the movies The Fantastic Four (2005) and 4: Rise of The Silver Surfer (2007) where he become nothing more than a chump!