Disney has recently been leaving their intellectual properties in the dust when it comes to video games. For this generation in particular, video games surrounding Star Wars, Marvel, and Disney animation as a whole have been absent. While titles such as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Marvel’s Avengers are finally coming to fill the gap, a tighter focus on releases would only benefit the conglomerate.
In comes John Drake, who has has had a massive influence in the industry. Over the years, Drake has a constructed massive portfolio when it comes to developing games from the corporate side. This is especially impressive with his efforts in cultivating talent and being a leader at both Harmonix and PlayStation. At PlayStation specifically, Drake’s official title was Global Head of Portfolio Strategy/Content Acquisitions/Senior Director. According to his LinkedIN, his contributions were on a grand and numerous scale. Driving development relations for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR and working with partners on media deals.
A whole new world
On July 15th, John Drake announced via Twitter that he had been picked up by Disney. In his tweet, he stated that he would serve “as VP of Business Development and Licensing for Games to help pair amazing developers and publishers with the best IP in the world.” This means of course, that Drake has been brought in to flesh out the library of Disney games that are currently being in development. Using his previous talents as a director and relationship cultivator to help give creators a voice in the environment of video games.
We are waiting with baited breathe for a new entry in the Epic Mickey series, but we’ll take whatever we can get from the company at this point. When something is announced from their gaming efforts we’ll let you know. In the meantime, be sure to check out our behind-closed-doors preview of our most anticipated Star Wars game: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.