Besides unsettling the comic-book-fan diaspora, the Spider-Man 4 cancellation has a direct, twofold impact on the game industry. First, it may scuttle any game that was being developed as a tie-in to the film at Activision, which holds the Spider-Man license. Though the company has not responded to inquires about any such movie-based project, its executives have said that a game featuring the titular webslinger is planned for later this year. Activision's last Spider-Man game, 2008's well-reviewed Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, was based directly on the Marvel comic book property, not any film adaptation. However, Activision did publish games based on all three Spider-Man films for a variety of platforms.
The second piece of fallout from the scrapping of Spider-Man 4 is that it frees up Sam Raimi to work on the forthcoming movie set in the Warcraft universe. Last July, the Evil Dead director signed on to helm the project, which is being written by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) and developed by Legendary Pictures (300, The Dark Knight) for movie studio Warner Bros.
World of Warcraft developer-publisher Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Activision Blizzard, is helping in the movie's production. Its senior vice president of creative development, Chris Metzen, is on board as coproducer. Unfortunately, Blizzard reps are currently not offering updates on the Warcraft film's status.