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Insomniac Games announces Wolverine game

The adamantium-clawed mutant gets his due

Maddy Myers has run Polygon’s games section since 2020 as deputy editor. She has worked in games journalism since 2007, at Kotaku, The Mary Sue, and the Boston Phoenix.

He’s the best at what he does — and he’s about to do it again. Wolverine, the Marvel Comics mutant with a healing factor and an adamantium-encrusted skeleton, will star in an upcoming game from Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games. Logan flashed his claws for the fans in an all-too-brief announcement trailer during Thursday’s PlayStation Showcase.

Wolverine has long been one of the most popular Marvel Comics characters ever, bringing his fighting talents to the X-Men, the Avengers, and many more. In a post on the PlayStation blog, Ryan Schneider of Insomniac Games said that while developers were working on Spider-Man, they would often talk about their ideas for making a game about Logan.

“Wolverine continually came up as the character we’d be really stoked to work on together,” wrote Schneider. That’s due in part to some core similarities between Logan and Peter Parker, he continued: “Both heroes feel deeply compelled to defend people who are less able to do so.”

Wolverine is a standalone game, with Brian Horton serving as creative director and Cameron Christian as game director. Christian was also the game director for Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

Insomniac Games will have its hands full with potential storylines to use as inspiration for the mutant’s upcoming game, although the teaser included some hints as to the tone that fans might expect.

The trailer showed the interior of a mostly-destroyed bar as the bluesy notes of James Carr’s “The Dark End of the Street” play in the background. Broken furniture and unconscious bodies are strewn about. Who could be responsible for this carnage? No doubt it’s the grumpy Canadian man sitting by himself at the bar, wearing a flannel and a cowboy hat, slinging back a tumbler of whiskey.

The board on the back of the bar actually stipulates the name of the establishment — The Princess Bar, a location in Madripoor. This same bar recently had a cameo on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and as my colleague Susana Polo explained in an article about this bar, it’s “been a frequent location of X-Men stories ... Wolverine even has his own alternate identity there as a notorious guy named Patch who looks just like Wolverine, but wearing a suit and an eyepatch.” Sounds like a good clue as to what this game might be about, eh?

Insomniac Games’ Wolverine is currently in development for PlayStation 5, with no release window announced as of yet.

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