Insomniac Games is redirecting its focus to Marvel’s Wolverine

It’ll be interesting to see how Insomniac Games will make Marvel’s Wolverine feel different from the Marvel’s Spider-Man games.

It appears that the wicked never sleep. While some developers, like Larian Studios, are excited to take a much-needed vacation after Baldur’s Gate 3 launches on the Xbox platform later this year, Insomniac Games will continue to be extremely busy even after the October 20 release of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

With games like Resistance, Sunset Overdrive, and most famously, the Spider-Man franchise, Insomniac has established a strong reputation and grown to be one of the video game industry’s most dependable producers.

Sony’s belief in Insomniac and its capacity to produce is clear in giving them the Wolverine project, especially after the critically acclaimed success of two Spider-Man games and the announcement of a third in the works. This is a huge step forward, particularly considering that Wolverine hasn’t had a solo video game since 2008’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which was notable for its violent, M-rated gameplay.

Important information about Marvel’s Wolverine is still being withheld, but it’s widely anticipated that the game will be prepared for the PlayStation 5 launch as early as next year.

You can’t blame fans for wanting to discover more about Marvel’s Wolverine, even though there is a lot of excitement surrounding the arrival of Miles Morales and Peter Parker on the PS5.

Fortunately, someone from Insomniac Games was kind enough to share a little secret with us.

A younger and more brutal James Howlett will be a fresh take on the iconic Marvel character.

As early as September 12, Tommy Mann, a developer who worked on Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, claims to have moved on to the next Marvel game.

The way in which projects change doesn’t always mean that Wolverine is still in its early stages of development. The track record of Insomniac demonstrates an amazing capacity to work on many titles concurrently, frequently delivering their games in quick succession. Not to add that Marvel’s Wolverine was unveiled two years ago, so it’s not like not much could have been accomplished in that time by even a small team. There have been rumors that Marvel’s Wolverine will be released as early as 2025, if not earlier, given the studio’s recent release schedule, which includes Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018), its Miles Morales spin-off (2020), Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart (2021), and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (2023), along with numerous PC ports in between.

Many find it intriguing that Wolverine and Spider-Man could be related, especially in light of the numerous allusions and Easter eggs in Spider-Man that make reference to other Marvel characters. Could the groundwork for a unified Marvel gaming universe be being laid by Insomniac?

Marvel’s Wolverine has remained relevant over the years despite not really having a big solo blockbuster outing.

The issue of gameplay content also exists. Wolverine is thought to be a considerably rougher, probably M-rated adventure that concentrates on Logan’s formative years.

For the majority of the 1800s and 1900s, Logan was more savage—often literally so—than he is now, as any ardent Marvel fan can tell you. With Wolverine’s origin narrative, the game has at least a century to play with and create something truly original, if it doesn’t take liberties with the story. More significantly, by establishing Marvel’s Wolverine as effectively a “prequel,” subsequent releases in the same universe may feature an X-Men game that may be played together. Of course, a single-player game with real-time character switching (a feature already included in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2) would be an even better idea.

On the other hand, Wolverine’s rapid evolution could have drawbacks. Post-launch DLC for Spider-Man 2 appears unlikely, as a large part of the development crew appears to be switching from Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 to Wolverine. Historically, there have been teases of DLCs prior to the release of the main game, such as the Black Cat-focused Marvel’s Spider-Man expansion. The lack of these teases for Spider-Man 2 and the upcoming emphasis on Wolverine might disappoint fans who were looking for more content after the movie’s release.

To be honest, we’re surprised we haven’t heard about a potential live-service game from Insomniac Games.

Whatever the case, players everywhere are buckled in for an exciting trip as Insomniac’s adventures in the Marvel universe continue to grow.

Insomniac Games is developing more games than just Marvel’s Wolverine. A former Blizzard developer hinted that the Sony first-party studio was tinkering with an unidentified project.

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