We had an absolute wealth of superhero video game related news coming out of E3, so now is the perfect time to be both a gamer and a comic book geek.
Firstly, we got out first real look at Telltale’s upcoming Batman game, in the form of several screenshots which revealed a gorgeous art-style which closely resembles that of its comic book source material. It was also confirmed that Batman will be voiced by acclaimed voice actor Tory Baker, with a supporting cast including Travis Willingham as Two-Face, Laura Bailey as Catwoman, and Murphy Guyer and James Gordon, so it looks like we’re getting a ton of fan favorites.
In pure Telltale form, there will also be branching narrative decisions that have have an impact on the rest of the game, so literally every decision will count. The M-rating also means that the brutality of the Dark Knight’s universe will be intact.
And speaking of brutality, NeverRealm Studios also announces Injustice 2, which returns to the alternate DC Universe where a crazed Superman kills the Joker and establishes himself as a totalitarian leader. While the first game was pretty damn violent, Warner insisted that it be slapped with a T rating, so the fatalities and gore of NeverRealm’s Mortal Kombat series was not present, but we still got to see Batman smashing in people’s faces.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX0WA6yIZ7I]
Many of the original fighters will return, with newcomers including Gorilla Grodd and Atrocitus. Director Ed Boon (who also created Mortal Kombat) is asking fans on Twitter which other characters they’d like to see show up, so be sure to make your voice heard.
Rounding off the DC front was Batman: Arkham VR, a virtual reality adventure in which the Caped Crusader needs to solve a murder mystery. Not much is currently known about this title, but Arkham series veterans Rocksteady are returning to handle development duties, so this should be nothing short of a masterpiece.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwdZvJfxqtE]
But it wasn’t all DC, as Marvel also got in on some of the action with the upcoming Spider-Man game from publisher Sony and developer Insomniac, who also developed the Ratchet & Clank series. And given that those games focused on platforming, webslinging should be a breeze for them. The cinematic-style trailer was all the more impressive when you consider that ti contained actual gameplay footage, and given the overwhelming critical success most of the Ratchet & Clank games, I think it’s safe to say that this is bound to be a winner.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R2uvJqWeVg]
As Disney have basically left the video game publishing business (sadly, there’ll be no more Disney Infinity updates), it appears that they’re going to be handing Marvel license to other publishers from now on. It’s a damn shame that Activision’s Marvel license has now expired, so most of their classic X-Men and Spider-Man games are gone forever but I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Marvel video games.
And lastly, to end on a comedic note, Ubisoft also showcased a trailer for South Park: The Fractured but Whole, which sees the foul-mouthed boys finally living their dream of becoming superheroes. The trailer does a hilarious job of poking fun at both Marvel and DC’s cinematic outings, so have a look below and be prepared to feel your sides burst.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiayfb1rrs0]
If this year’s E3 was anything was anything to go by, Marvel and DC both have very bright futures ahead of them to gaming. There’s not one, not two, but three upcoming Batman games to look forward to, plus it’s great to see Disney finally giving in and licensing out Marvel properties to other developers and publishers, who are bound to do great things with them. And South Park gave us something to laugh at.