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EA and Marvel scrap development deal

But could Superman beat Batman?

Marvel and EA have ended their agreement to make games based on the comic book licence, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

The partnership was first announced in 2004 and allowed EA to cobble together games featuring Marvel characters despite rival publishers owning the rights to other famous faces from the comics, such as Activision with Spider-Man.

EA was also given free reign to design new characters that Marvel would then spin-off to other media.

The first fruit of this deal was the poorly-received Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects game released in 2005. EA Chicago was also said to have been working on a Marvel fighting game, but the studio was closed down late last year.

"EA and Marvel have jointly agreed to discontinue development of the Marvel titles under the EA Games Label. This was a business decision based on EA's portfolio strategy," a spokesperson for the publisher told GameTap.

But could Batman really beat Superman in a fight, Eurogamer reader?

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