Marvel’s Wolverine is in development at Insomniac Games. The new Wolverine game was announced last September, and immediately became one of the most anticipated upcoming PS5 games. For good reason too, as this Wolverine PS5 game is being developed by the studio responsible for Marvel’s Spider-Man and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. Logan is in safe hands!
Insomniac is hard at work on Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 for PS5 right now, which has a 2023 release date. When that’s done, the studio will start gearing up for the release of Marvel’s Wolverine and hopefully show us some more of it in action – which is a kind way of us telling you that you shouldn’t expect to see more of the game during E3 2022. Given how far off this PS5 exclusive is from being finished, there’s only a few details out there right now. Thankfully, we’ve rounded up everything we know so far about Marvel’s Wolverine for you below.
Marvel’s Wolverine reveal trailer
The Marvel’s Wolverine reveal trailer is 53 seconds of pure joy. It opens up in the aftermath of a barroom brawl, the room littered with blood and bodies as our favorite adamantium-clawed Mutant enjoys a short. That bar, our friends over at Newsarama have surmised, is the Princess Bar – AKA Logan’s home away from home on the island of Madripoor, which you may also have spotted in Episode 3 of Falcon and The Winter Soldier. A brawler pulls a knife, Logan pops his claws, fade to black – let the wait for another look at the game in action begin!
Marvel’s Wolverine release date
Marvel’s Wolverine has no firm release date or window. But if we’re expectation-setting here, you should expect a lengthy wait. Insomniac currently has its hands full with one team working on Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and another onn Marvel’s Wolverine, with the former targeting a 2023 release window. Ryan Schneider, head of franchise strategy at Insomniac, has even noted (opens in new tab) that the game is “very early in development”. While Marvel’s Wolverine could release in a similar timeframe to Spider-Man 2, there’s a good chance that it’ll land sometime after, especially as Insomniac wants to deliver an “emotional narrative and cutting-edge gameplay”.
Marvel’s Wolverine development
Marvel’s Wolverine is being developed by Insomniac Games, the developers behind Marvel’s Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. The studio has grown tremendously since it was acquired by Sony and integrated into the PlayStation Studios portfolio, giving it the resources to produce multiple ambitious games all at once. Development will be led by creative director Brian Horton and game director Cameron Christian, who most recently spearheaded the creative team for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Logan is with safe hands, is what we’re saying.
Marvel’s Wolverine setting
The presence of The Princess Bar in the reveal trailer at the very least signals that Logan won’t be stuck at the Xavier Institute. If anything, teasing the island of Madripoor this early on could signal that Marvel’s Wolverine will be a globe-trotting adventure. That’s speculation for now, but it’s worth pointing out the rumors that Marvel’s Wolverine could be set as part of a broader universe that encompasses the Insomniac Spider-Man games. While Ryan Schneider, head of franchise strategy at Insomniac, explained that this was a “standalone game” he does drop this tease: “Being able to build a new, original universe with Spider-Man and now Wolverine is such an honor for so many of us at Insomniac Games.”
Marvel’s Wolverine gameplay predictions
The Marvel’s Wolverine trailer does make a point of explaining that the images we are seeing are “not actual gameplay” but that isn’t to say we don’t have any idea of how it’s going to play. Insomniac is known for its slick, kinetic, third-person action-adventure games – Sunset Overdrive, Ratchet & Clank, Spider-Man are proof of that. Insomniac wouldn’t say either way, but Ryan Schneider, head of franchise strategy, did say the following: “one of the key elements that drew us to him is surprisingly not that different from Spider-Man: Both heroes feel deeply compelled to defend people who are less able to do so”, before adding, “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.”
Insomniac is yet to confirm who we’ll be fighting, but you have to believe it’ll be a selection of the best Wolverine villains.