A comment from the game’s creative director confirms that Marvel’s Wolverine will be a ‘full size’ game and feature a mature tone.
While it wasn’t surprising to see Insomniac’s Spider-Man sequel make an appearance at the recent PlayStation Showcase, the studio did catch everyone by surprise by announcing a Wolverine game as well.
Details were incredibly thin, though, which isn’t surprising considering the game is still very early in development. But the PlayStation Blog revealed that the project is being headed by Brian Horton and Cameron Christian, the same duo behind the Miles Morales game.
This news appears to have worried some fans, who believed this could mean the Wolverine game will be as short as Miles Morales was. When asked this by a fan on Twitter, Horton (Wolverine’s creative director) described the game as ‘full size,’ which suggests that its length will be more akin to the first Spider-Man game.
Admittedly, we found Miles Morales’ length to be one of its strengths, since it avoids becoming needlessly bloated and tells the story it wants to in eight or so hours. But for better or worse that won’t be the case with Wolverine.
Horton adds that the Wolverine game will feature a mature tone as well, which makes sense given the character’s history. Compared to Spider-Man, Wolverine is no virtuous do-gooder and has never been afraid to get his claws bloody.
Although Horton’s comment is ambiguous enough to cause debate over what exactly ‘mature’ means. The obvious conclusion is that it will have more extreme violence, although both Spider-Man games have a 16 age rating anyway, thanks to their story content.
Whether Wolverine will share a similar tone or try to tell a darker, heavier story with violence akin to a Mortal Kombat game is anybody’s guess. And it’s going to be a long time before we learn more about it.
Wolverine will most likely not release until after Spider-Man 2, which is aiming for 2023. If that’s the case, and it’s not coming out for another three or four years, then it only further lends credence to it being another massive single-player experience.
Wolverine is in development now for the PlayStation 5.
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