For all of the X-Men lovers out there!

The bustling online-gaming universe is set to get even more crowded, as the Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man try to muscle in on the action.

Media conglomerate Vivendi Universal announced an agreement Thursday with Marvel Enterprises to create a massive multiplayer online game based on Marvel comics characters. Vivendi said in a statement that it expects to have the game ready by 2005.

The Hulk and the X-Men will have to fight for attention in an increasingly crowded market. Almost every major game publisher is planning huge virtual universes they hope will draw new customers into the small but lucrative online-gaming market, currently dominated by fantasy games such as "EverQuest."

So, if you want a Linux client, I would suggest emailing Vivendi as soon as possible.