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With all the recent Marvel video game announcements, one has to wonder if Marvel Games is creating its own gaming universe. We have Spider-Man and Wolverine on deck, led by Insomniac. Meanwhile, Electronic Arts has an Iron Man in the works and now Black Panther too.
The Redwood City, California-based company announced that it is collaborating with Cliffhanger Games on an original third-person single-player game, Black Panther. Cliffhanger is a new ensemble directed by Kevin Stephens, formerly of Monolith Productions, creators of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. This is a good sign because this studio has done a good job developing a game with solid gameplay and innovative mechanics.
“We strive to provide fans with a definitive and authentic Black Panther experience, giving them more agency and control over their narrative than they have ever experienced in a story-driven video game. Wakanda is a rich superhero sandbox, and our mission is.” “We want to create an epic world for players who love Black Panther and want to explore the world of Wakanda as much as we do,” Stephens said in the press release.
What’s notable about all four releases so far is that they’re largely third-person single-player experiences developed in collaboration with Marvel Games. Motive Studio is developing the Iron Man project and EA said it will also be a third-person single-player experience. Insomniac Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is a third-person open-world game. Little is known about the Wolverine game, but when Insomniac is at the helm, they usually made third-person games.
For all of this to work, there should be a model to work from. More important, however, would be to share the characters across different areas. Adding villains from one franchise to another would be the easiest way to accomplish this. For example, Kraven from the upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 could show up in a Wolverine game.
Transferring the protagonists from one franchise to another would be more difficult, but if they’re built on the same foundation of a third-person perspective, it could be something more achievable and intriguing.
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