Insomniac Games is redirecting its focus to Marvel's Wolverine

With Marvel's Spider-Man 2 scheduled to release next month, Insomniac Games is now putting its key personnel to work on 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.

There's no rest for the wicked, it seems. Whereas Larian Studios, among others, are looking forward to taking a much-needed break following the release of Baldur's Gate 3 on the Xbox platform later this year, Insomniac Games will be just as busy as ever even after releasing Marvel's Spider-Man 2 on October 20. 

Having built a solid reputation with titles such as Sunset Overdrive, Resistance, and most notably, the Spider-Man series, Insomniac has steadily become one of the video game industry's most reliable developers.

After the resounding successes of two Spider-Man games and with a third in the pipeline, Sony's trust in Insomniac and its ability to deliver is evident in handing them the Wolverine project. This represents a significant leap, especially since Wolverine hasn't graced the gaming world with a dedicated title since the X-Men Origins: Wolverine game in 2008, memorable for its M-rated, limb-slicing gameplay.

While important details regarding Marvel's Wolverine remain under wraps, it's highly believed it will be ready to launch on the PlayStation 5 as early as next year.

So, while the air is thick with anticipation for Peter Parker and Miles Morales' arrival on the PS5, you can't blame fans if they want to learn more about Marvel's Wolverine. 

Thankfully, one of the folks over at Insomniac Games was gracious enough to let us in on a small secret. 

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

According to Tommy Mann, a developer previously working on Marvel's Spider-Man 2, he's since moved on to the next Marvel game as early as September 12.

The pattern of project transitions doesn't necessarily indicate Wolverine's infancy in the development cycle. Insomniac's track record showcases an impressive ability to work on multiple titles at the same time, often releasing their games in swift succession. Not to mention, Marvel's Wolverine was revealed two years ago, so it's not like even a skeleton crew couldn't have achieved much in that period. The timeline of the studio's recent releases - Marvel's Spider-Man in 2018, its Miles Morales spin-off in 2020, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart in 2021, and Marvel's Spider-Man 2 in 2023 along with multiple PC ports in between - fuels speculations of a Marvel's Wolverine release as early as next year if not in early 2025.

What's intriguing to many is the potential continuity between Wolverine and Spider-Man, considering the various Easter eggs and references in Spider-Man that alluded to other Marvel characters. Could Insomniac be laying the foundation for a cohesive Marvel Gaming Universe?

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

There's also the question of gameplay content. Wolverine is believed to be a much grittier, possibly M-rated experience, potentially focusing on Logan's earlier years. 

Any hardcore Marvel fan will tell you that Logan, as rough as he remains in his advanced age, was more savage, often in a literal sense, for most of the 1800s and 1900s. If the game doesn't play it too loose with Wolverine's origin story, it will have at least 100 years that it can use as its creative playground and make a unique game. More importantly, by setting up Marvel's Wolverine as essentially a "prequel", the later entries in the same universe could include a multiplayer X-Men game. Of course, even a single-player game where you can switch between X-Men members in real time - a similar feature has been added to Marvel's Spider-Man 2 - might be an even better idea.

However, Wolverine's accelerated development might bring potential downsides. Given that a significant portion of the development team seems to be moving from Marvel's Spider-Man 2 to Wolverine, the chances for post-launch DLC for Spider-Man 2 seem bleak. Historically, hints of DLCs, like the Black Cat-centric expansion for Marvel's Spider-Man, were known before the main game's release. The absence of such teasers for Spider-Man 2 and the impending focus on Wolverine may disappoint fans hoping for additional content post-launch.

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

In any case, Insomniac's journey in the Marvel universe is burgeoning, and gamers worldwide are strapped in for the ride.

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