Insomniac Games has expansive plans when it comes to licensed Marvel Comics games, with a slate of games based on Spider-Man and the X-Men in the works.
There have been many great games based on Marvel Comics titles, from the classic beat ‘em ups of the 1990s to the Capcom fighting games to Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. Insomniac’s Spider-Man series has taken things a step further, though. The titles transcended being “a good Marvel Comics game” and became bona fide game of the year contenders.
It seems like those are just the tip of the iceberg, though. The enormous Insomniac Games ransomware case revealed the company’s release plans through 2030, and those plans include several Marvel Comics games based on both the Spider-Man and X-Men brands. Here’s everything that’s on tap.
Insomniac planning multiple X-Men, Spider-Man games
Marvel’s Venom, Marvel’s Wolverine, Marvel’s Spider-Man 3, a new Ratchet and Clank game, Marvel’s X-Men, and a new IP have all been leaked by the released data.
Out of these titles, only the Wolverine game was confirmed to be in development, while all of the other games are yet to be announced. Details limited on these games, outside of the massive dump of assets related that revealed major Wolverine gameplay and story details.
Here is Insomniac Games’ full lineup of planned titles through 2032:
- Marvel’s Venom
- Marvel’s Wolverine
- Marvel’s Spider-Man 3
- New Ratchet & Clank
- Marvel’s X-Men
- New IP
The leaked Wolverine release date is different from what a well-known leaker said previously, although it’s currently unknown if Wolverine’s release date has been moved up. The quick turnaround on Marvel’s Venom, which is slated to come out before Wolverine, suggests that Marvel’s Venom could be more of a spin-off or expansion like Spider-Man: Miles Morales rather than a completely new game.
Marvel’s Wolverine will be followed by a full X-Men game from Insomniac, which is projected to come out in 2030. The Wolverine leak included assets for a number of other X-Men characters, both major and minor. That means there will be no problems filling out an X-Men roster by the time 2030 rolls around.
Although the wait for an X-Men game is almost a decade away, Insomniac will be keeping fans busy with plenty of other games. The game might not actually be what fans are expecting from Insomniac, however.
Insomniac’s X-Men game may launch as a multiplayer-only title
Insomniac’s X-Men game is set to launch as a multiplayer-only title, with a single-player component launching later on. Not only that but the game will not be a PlayStation exclusive, as it is planned to launch on PC and PlayStation consoles simultaneously.
A presentation contained in the leak suggests that Insomniac is set to release multiplayer versions of its Marvel games, starting with Spider-Man 2. Spider-Man 2 is a single-player-only game at this time but “Spider-Man 2 Online” is targeted for a 2024 release. Marvel’s Wolverine will receive similar treatment, launching as a single-player game before adding multiplayer a year later.
X-Men will be the opposite, however. The plan according to the presentation is a multiplayer launch in 2028 followed by single-player in 2029.
The move hearkens to the upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, a game that has sparked much controversy for its live-service focus. The game will launch as an online-only multiplayer game, but will add single-player at some point in the future. This approach combined with plans to release Spider-Man 3 as multiple games could result in backlash for the company, with PlayStation planning to touch multiple sore spots with gamers.