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FoxNext, LLC
IndustryVideo game
Amusement park
FoundedJanuary 18, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-01-18)
Key people
  • Salil Mehta (president)
  • Aaron Loeb (president of studios, FoxNext Games)
ParentDisney Parks, Experiences and Products

FoxNext is a video game, virtual reality and theme park division announced in January 2017 by 20th Century Fox. It operates under Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, which is ultimately owned by The Walt Disney Company. Prior to Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox, it was operated under Twentieth Century Fox Film and the Fox Networks Group. FoxNext is focused on next generation storytelling, and was created in response to the success of the mobile game The Simpsons: Tapped Out and the PC game Alien: Isolation and the growing opportunity with virtual reality as ways to create revenue from their existing properties. It will handle development and publishing of video games, virtual reality and augmented reality titles, as well as the development of 20th Century Fox's theme and amusement parks, including 20th Century Fox World (Malaysia). The division's president is Salil Mehta, a former executive from NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company, who has been with Fox since 2013 who later returned to Disney after Disney acquired Fox in 2019.[1]


Fox Innovation Lab was the source for the division's VR subdivision with its “The Martian VR Experience” 2016 released.[2] In January 2017 at CES, Fox Innovation Lab announced a “Planet of the Apes” VR experience with Imaginati Studio as producer.[2][3]


FoxNext was formed by January 18, 2017 with the announcement of Salil Mehta as division president transferring from his prior post as president of content management for Twentieth Century Fox Film. The division president would answer to Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, and Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film, who at the time were Peter Rice and Stacey Snider, respectively. The two video gaming units responsible for The Simpsons: Tapped Out mobile game and the Alien: Isolation console/PC game would become a single unit under FoxNext. The division also gain the over site of the existing 20th Century Fox World theme park project under development in Malaysia as part of its location-based entertainment business.[1]

FoxNext on January 19, 2017 announced a VR slate with Chris Milk's and former Googler Aaron Koblin's Within VR company, which was founded in 2014 as VRSE with funding from Fox, Legendary Pictures and others. This slate, which would be available via the Within app, included another ”Planet of the Apes”, original works from Milk, Spike Jonze and Megan Ellison and Annapurna Pictures.[2]

On June 6, 2017, it acquired Aftershock Studios (formerly Kabam's Los Angeles and San Francisco studios) with Aftershock head Aaron Loeb becoming president of studios for FoxNext Games.[4] FoxNext added Marc Zachary as FoxNext Destinations' senior vice president of business development.[5]

On July 27, 2017, FoxNext Games announced that they were developing an action/RPG multiplayer mobile game in conjunction with Marvel Entertainment and Aftershock Studios on the Marvel Universe.[6] The Marvel game is named Marvel Strike Force[7] and was released on March 28, 2018, for Android and iOS Platforms.

FoxNext acquired in January 2018 Cold Iron Studios from Perfect World Entertainment games publisher.[8] On April 26, 2018, FoxNext opened its first virtual-reality experience location-based, “Alien: Descent”, at The Outlets at Orange mall in Orange County, California.[9]

20th Century Fox issued a default notice in regards to its licensing agreement for the under construction 20th Century Fox World theme park in Malaysia by Genting Malaysia Bhd. In November 2018 Genting Malaysia filed suit in response and included soon to be parent The Walt Disney Company.[10]

FoxNext indicated on February 7, 2019 the opening of a development fund to assist indie developers form resources and support. Altered Matter’s Etherborn game is the first to join FoxNext Games indie games portfolio.[11]


  • FoxNext Games
    • Aftershock (June 2017—[12])
    • Cold Iron Studios (January 2019—[8])
    • Fogbank Entertainment
  • FoxNext VR Studio
  • FoxNext Destinations[12]

Future theme parks

20th Century Fox World Dubai

20th Century Fox World Malaysia

Cancelled theme parks

  • 20th Century Fox World (South Korea) (Cancelled in 2016)[13]

Virtual reality

  • “Crisis on the Planet of the Apes (April 3, 2018) game for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR; inherited from Fox Innovation Lab with Imaginati Studio as producer[14]
  • “Alien: Descent” (April 26, 2018—) location base experience at The Outlets, Orange mall, Orange County, California.[9]

Video games

  • Marvel Strike Force mobile game (March 2018) Aftershock Studios LA[9]
  • Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow free mobile game (June 29, 2017) TinyCo (Jam City), Groening and his Curiosity Co. and animation studio Rough Draft Studios[15]
  • The X-Files: Deep State mystery-investigation puzzle game (February 6, 2018) Estonia-based game studio Creative Mobile[16]
  • Alien: Blackout mobile game (2019) D3 Go!, Rival Games[17]


  1. ^ a b McNary, Dave (January 18, 2017). "Fox Amps Up Immersive Business With FoxNext, Taps Salil Mehta". Variety. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Roettgers, Janko (January 19, 2017). "Fox's New VR Unit FoxNext Partners With Chris Milk's Within for 'Planet of the Apes' Experience". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  3. ^ Roettgers, Janko (January 5, 2017). "'Planet of the Apes' Is Getting a Virtual Reality Experience". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  4. ^ Ng, David (June 6, 2017). "20th Century Fox expands gaming portfolio by acquiring Aftershock". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Roettgers, Janko; Roettgers, Janko (September 27, 2017). "FoxNext Hires Former Disney VP Marc Zachary to Lead Destination Biz". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Spangler, Todd (July 27, 2017). "Marvel Superheroes (and Villains) Coming to New Mobile Game From FoxNext". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Spangler, Todd (November 20, 2017). "'Marvel Strike Force' Mobile Fighting Game Release Date Set for 2018 (Video)". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Spangler, Todd; Spangler, Todd (January 17, 2018). "21st Century Fox's FoxNext Games Acquires Studio Developing 'Alien' Shooter Title". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Roettgers, Janko (May 3, 2018). "Fox's FoxNext Unit Makes Its Mark With VR, Mobile Games". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  10. ^ Stempel, Jonathan (November 27, 2018). "Disney, Fox deny claims in $1 billion Malaysia theme park lawsuit". Reuters. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  11. ^ Gera, Emily (February 7, 2019). "20th Century Fox Signs 'Etherborn' to Newly Announced Indie Development Fund". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Spangler, Todd (June 6, 2017). "21st Century Fox's FoxNext Acquires Mobile Game Studio Group Developing 'Avatar' Title". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  13. ^ Martin, Hugo. "20th Century Fox to build theme park in South Korea". Los Angeles Times.
  14. ^ Roettgers, Janko (February 27, 2018). "'Planet of the Apes' VR Game Coming to Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR This April". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  15. ^ Spangler, Todd (June 29, 2017). "'Futurama' Free Mobile Game Launches With Original Cast — And the Hypnotoad". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  16. ^ Spangler, Todd (November 28, 2017). "'X-Files: Deep State' Alien-Invasion Mystery Game on Tap for February 2018 Release". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  17. ^ Crecente, Brian (January 7, 2019). "'Alien: Blackout' Is a Survival Horror Mobile Game Starring Amanda Ripley". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
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