Marvel’s Wolverine is the next superhero to get the video game treatment from Insomniac Games, and it looks very promising.
Brought to us by the studio behind Marvel’s critically acclaimed Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Marvel’s Wolverine is expected to have a more “mature” tone than the Spider-Man games. That’s not surprising, as it stars the brown, adamantium-clawed mutant James “Logan” Howlett, who isn’t known for his gentle approach.
Like the Spider-Man games though, Insomniac said in a PlayStationBlog who wants to “respect the DNA of what makes the character so popular”. This while looking for “opportunities to make it fresh and truly reflect the spirit of Insomniac”.
It was confirmed that Marvel’s Wolverine was in “very early development” when revealed in late 2021, so details are pretty sparse at the moment. We’re still awaiting confirmation of a release window, but we expect Sony to provide more solid details on this PS5 exclusive in the near future.
In the meantime, we’re speculating on what Insomniac could do with the Logan character, and we’ve gathered all the latest news and rumors about the game. Read on for everything we know about Marvel’s Wolverine so far and what we want to see.
Marvel’s Wolverine: Straight to the Point
- What is it? A Wolverine game from the creators of Marvel’s Spider-Man
- When can I play? to be defined
- What can I play on? PS5
Marvel’s Wolverine Release Date and Platforms
Marvel’s Wolverine game currently doesn’t have a release date, and unfortunately, it will likely be a while before we get our claws into it. Insomniac Games stated that the game was in “very early development” when it was announced in late 2021, so we don’t expect to see it until at least the end of 2023 – especially as Insomniac Games is currently working on Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. , which is expected to be released in 2023.
Interestingly, Microsoft has stated that Sony will release Marvel’s Wolverine in 2023. In a document responding to the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s decision to investigate the company’s proposed takeover of Activision (via Tech4Gamers (opens in new tab)), Microsoft defends why the acquisition should be carried out. In doing so, it introduces Sony’s 2023 release plans, stating, “The PlayStation also has a number of first- and third-party exclusive titles lined up for release in 2023, including Spider-Man 2, Wolverine, Horizon, Final Fantasy XVI. and Renegades”.
All of these games have been confirmed for release in 2023, except for Wolverine. It’s unclear if this is speculation on Microsoft’s part, or if the company knows something we don’t, but it could suggest that Marvel’s Wolverine will be released sooner than expected.
Marvel’s Wolverine is set to be a PS5 console exclusive, as is Spider-Man, so it won’t be available for Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S. That shouldn’t be too surprising considering how Sony acquired Insomniac Games in 2019 is also skipping next-gen consoles, so PS4 owners are also out of luck.
However, there is a good chance it will make it to PC. We are witnessing a carefully considered PC strategy from Sony, and in June 2022 it reported that Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales are releasing on PC. As such, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Marvel’s Wolverine eventually join them.
Marvel’s Wolverine trailer
PlayStation Showcase 2021
Marvel’s Wolverine was announced during Sony’s PlayStation Showcase in September 2021, with a brief trailer giving us our first look at Insomniac’s take on Logan.
The teaser trailer shows a destroyed bar, with injured men lying on the floor, before cutting to a rear view of a man in a cowboy hat and plaid shirt drinking at the bar – his fingers and surrounding area covered in blood. In the background, we see one of the wounded men standing up and pulling out a knife. Sensing the attacker, the man at the bar, the man at the bar clenches his fist, resulting in long metallic claws protruding from them. Yes, it’s Wolverine.
The trailer may not give us a look at the gameplay or Logan himself, but it does set the tone for Marvel’s Wolverine game – which at first glance appears to be a bloodier, more mature alternative to Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man game. You can check out the trailer below:
Marvel’s Wolverine News and Rumors
Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine in Deadpool 3
After retiring from the role in 2017’s Logan, Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine once again in Deadpool 3, set for a 2024 release. Confirmed via a new video from co-star Ryan Reynolds. twitter, left fans wondering if he will also return for Marvel’s Wolverine. While this remains unconfirmed, you can watch this announcement video below.
Hard to keep my mouth shut about this. ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/OdV7JmAkEuSeptember 27, 2022
Easter eggs in the trailer
The Wolverine announcement trailer appears to contain some Easter Eggs that may hint at the game’s story and setting.
Firstly, the trailer’s setting seems to give a big clue as to when and where Marvel’s Wolverine takes place. Logan is drinking at the Princess Bar located in Madripoor (which you may recognize from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), which we see on the bar sign and the Madipoor tourist poster.
In Marvel Comics Presents Volume 1 #1 (1988), Wolverine visits the Princess Bar while hunting a crime lord named Roche. After mopping the bar’s floor with Roche’s enforcers – who are trying to get protection money from the bar’s owner, O’Donnell – Wolverine becomes a regular at the bar, under the name “Patch”, and even co-hosts the bar. owner for a while. The bar was essentially Logan’s home away from home during a time when the X-Men were inactive. Is Insomniac Games hinting that this is the time period when Marvel’s wolverine should take place? Will we see Logan taking on the criminal underworld?
Another possible easter egg is the Radio Lowtown 104.8 poster. Lowtown is a district in Madipoor, so Madipoor as a setting seems pretty likely. But 104.8 seems to reference Marvel Earth-1048, Marvel’s Spider-Man universe. This seems to suggest that Insomniac’s Spider-Man and Wolverine games take place in the same universe, meaning we could see a Marvel Games Universe in the making.
But the radio station isn’t the only number that seems to reference a specific comic book. The plaque on the bar says “HLK 181”, which seems to reference The Incredible Hulk #18 – in which Wolverine makes an appearance. Does this mean we could see Hulk in Marvel’s Wolverine? Once again, we certainly hope so.
A “full size” game with a “mature tone”
According to Marvel’s Wolverine Creative Director Brian Horton, James ‘Logan’ Howlett’s PS5 standalone adventure will be a full-size game with a “mature tone”. Horton confirmed this in response to a fan on twitter (opens in new tab) asking if Wolverine on PS5 will be “big or a ‘moral miles’ size game”.
Being Directed by Spider-Man: Miles Morales Leads Creation
On a PlayStation blog post (opens in new tab)Insomniac Games has revealed that Marvel’s Wolverine is being directed by Brian Horton (Creative Director) and Cameron Christian (Game Director), who led the creative efforts on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
Respecting the DNA, with a new vision
Insomniac Games said that while it intends to honor the “DNA” of what makes Wolverine popular, it will be putting a new spin on Weapon X.
“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 him feel fresh and truly reflect the spirit of Insomniac,” wrote Insomniac. Games. in a post on the PlayStation blog. According to the developer, despite being in early development, Marvel’s Wolverine boasts an “emotional storytelling and cutting-edge gameplay”.
Marvel’s Wolverine: What We Want to See
Embracing Wolverine’s dark side
While Marvel’s Spider-Man and Miles Morales are both critically acclaimed, there’s no denying they’re quite familiar at times. After all, Spider-Man himself is your “friendly neighborhood Spider”. But Wolverine is not all sunshine and rainbows, his story and character are very dark.
We hope Insomniac explores this side of Logan in the Wolverine game, offering a more mature experience than Spider-Man. We’re not asking for gratuitous violence, but to really delve into Wolverine’s backstory (depending on when this game takes place) you can’t shy away from the darkest moments. Also, you can’t slash enemies without a little bloodshed.
The appearance of other Marvel heroes…
We don’t want them to hog the spotlight, but it would be nice to see Insomniac’s take on some other Marvel heroes appearing in the Wolverine game as supporting characters. Which characters would really depend on the story Insomniac wants to tell and which Marvel universe they are basing their narrative on. But we expect to see some of the X-Men make cameos, including Jean Grey, Professor X or maybe even Rogue.
…and infamous villains
We currently don’t know who will serve as the main adversary in Marvel’s Wolverine, but there are plenty of infamous villains to choose from – and we imagine some could appear as minor roles. We hope to see Logan fighting Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, or even Silver Samurai. Or maybe we’ll see him simply fighting to take down the Weapon X program that saw him subjected to painful experiments.
A universe of Marvel games
With Insomniac Games now working on other Marvel title for PS5, we hope to see a Marvel Game Universe in the future.
In our opinion, it can work very well. As with the MCU, Insomniac has created standalone products that allow us to meet individual superheroes in their universe, if we continue to see more Marvel heroes getting their own games, could we see crossovers in the future? We hope so, as Crystal Dynamic’s Marvel Avengers certainly left a lot to be desired.