Insomniac Games has revealed that its next title will be a Wolverine game for PS5.
The new game was announced during the PlayStation Showcase event on Thursday and marks a return to Marvel properties for Insomniac, who saw huge critical and commercial success with its 2018 Spider-Man game and its subsequent 2020 spin-off Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
Speaking after the showcase, Sony said the game would present “an emotional and suspenseful journey” through the world of Wolverine.
You can watch the announce trailer via the embed below:
“Back when we were working on Marvel’s Spider-Man, there would be times where all of us – Insomniac, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Marvel – would brainstorm together about the future beyond the web-slinger,” said Insomniac’s head of franchise strategy and studio relations Ryan Schneider in a PlayStation Blog post.
“And even in those early discussions, Wolverine continually came up as the character we’d be really stoked to work on together. Fast-forward a couple years and we’re suddenly standing in front of Sony Interactive Entertainment and Marvel formally pitching a PlayStation 5 game starring the adamantium-clawed Mutant. Since you just saw the announce teaser, we can confirm that the pitch seemed to go pretty well.”
He added: “In the vein of our Spider-Man games, our goal here is to not only respect the DNA of what makes the character so popular, but also look for opportunities to make it feel fresh and truly reflect the Insomniac spirit.
“Even though Marvel’s Wolverine is very early in development, from what I’ve seen of its emotional narrative and cutting-edge gameplay, the team is already creating something truly special.”
This is the first time Wolverine has enjoyed the starring role in a video game since X-Men Origins: Wolverine came to a variety of systems (including Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii) in 2009. Before that, X2: Wolverine’s Revenge was released on GameCube, PS2 and Xbox in 2003.
Insomniac announced in June that it’s currently hiring for a new multiplayer project.
The studio, which in recent years has enjoyed success with single-player only games, posted a tweet advertising five new roles specifically focused on multiplayer.
Although Insomniac has given no clues as to what this multiplayer project may be based on, the job listing for the Systems Designer role refers specifically to melee-based combat.
Under the ‘other skills’ section in the listing, it reads: “Thorough understanding of melee combat systems, enemy design and boss design.”
Sony isn’t the only publisher working on a Marvel game. Square Enix’s Guardians of the Galaxy, developed by Eidos Montreal, is set for release on October 26. Meanwhile, earlier this month XCOM developer Firaxis Games revealed Marvel’s Midnight Suns, a strategy game planned for a March 2022 release.