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EA Motive’s Iron Man game is still in pre-production

Studio has chosen Unreal Engine 5 for the project
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EA Motive’s general manager, Patrick Klaus, has given an update on the studio’s current efforts, revealing that its Iron Man game is currently in pre-production still: “We’re still early in pre-production and taking our time to make sure we set the best possible foundation for development. But already, we’re finding so many opportunities to explore story, design and gameplay with Iron Man, and it’s exciting to see the fantasy start coming alive.”

This directly contradicts claims made in October last year by Insider Gaming, which reported that the title was already getting play-tested.

Klaus stated as well that Motive has decided on Unreal Engine 5 as its game engine – EA’s own Frostbyte has dropped out of the equation. Repeating something that worked well for its creation of the Dead Space remake, Motive has founded a community council consisting of Iron Man and Marvel fans to advise the studio as it develops the title.

Iron Man poster showing the superhero hidden by shadows.

Looks like Iron Man is still a few years away.

Going by Klaus’ write-up, Motive seems to have called back its workers to its office in Montreal as opposed to continuing operating remotely: “In other studio news, our team members have started coming back in person to our cool studio space in downtown Montreal, and it feels really good. I love seeing those connections, the bonding and the smiles. Of course, we recognize the benefits of working remotely, so we continue to find a balance that gives us the best of both worlds. This is part of our vision for Motive, to give our teams the flexibility that remote work provides while also believing that collaboration and creativity can be more powerful and meaningful in person.”

Motive was founded in 2015 and first worked on Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and then Star Wars: Squadrons during the time EA had exclusive rights to create games with the IP. Its mysterious other project, Gaia, was canceled in 2021 after several development setbacks, after which the studio was put to work on the successful Dead Space remake. The Iron Man game was finally announced in 2022 and will be an action-adventure title.