Marvel is constant to make huge strikes within the gaming business. Current years have seen the corporate partnering up with various builders to attempt to efficiently adapt a few of its largest names and properties into video games, and barring the odd failure like Marvel’s Avengers, these efforts have, by and enormous, reaped nice outcomes, from Insomniac’s Spider-Man to Eidos’ Guardians of the Galaxy.
Loads extra of that’s on the horizon, and lately, EA added one other recreation to that listing. Along with the Motive Studio-developed Iron Man recreation, the corporate has confirmed earlier reviews and introduced that it has established a brand new inside studio, Cliffhanger Video games, to work on a AAA single participant action-adventure Black Panther recreation. It’s an thrilling prospect, given the inherent power of the property and its potential of being made into an excellent recreation, and despite the fact that it’s clearly going to be a number of years earlier than the sport is able to be performed, there’s a lot that many will already will likely be hoping to see from it- ourselves included. To that finish, right here, that’s precisely what we’ll be speaking about.
OPEN WORLD SETTING
Cliffhanger Video games has confirmed that its Black Panther recreation goes to take gamers to Wakanda, which isn’t stunning, although in fact, how the sport makes use of that setting will likely be an important issue. As time has gone on, the notion that not all video games must be open world has turn out to be more and more simpler to agree with, although this could be one recreation the place we’d say an open world setting is unquestionably essential. Leaks previous to the sport’s announcement claimed that it will certainly be open world, whereas current job listings have confirmed the identical as well- our hope is that will get made official sooner reasonably than later, as a result of not going with an open world Wakanda setting can be fairly a waste.
Wakanda is and at all times has been some of the alluring components of the Black Panther IP. From the visible splendour the fictional nation reveals in droves to its wealthy cultur and historical past to its distinctive scientific and technological developments, Wakanda has been an interesting place throughout mediums over time. Our hope is that the sport will make good on that entrance, too. An open world Black Panther recreation can be the proper alternative to let gamers dive into the setting and totally immerse themselves in it, be taught extra about its folks and their tradition, see what secrets and techniques it holds by exploring each nook and cranny. If Cliffhanger Video games’ Black Panther title can ship in these areas, it’ll be doing nice justice to the IP.
With regards to telling superhero tales, having a compelling villain tends to be simply as vital as having an excellent central protagonist. Fortunately, Cliffhanger Video games goes to have a wonderful pool of antagonists to select from for its recreation. Whereas it stays to be seen what number of core villains the sport will find yourself having, the principle huge unhealthy is the one alternative that it completely can’t afford getting unsuitable. With the likes of Killmonger, Physician Doom, White Wolf, Man-Ape, Ulysses Klaw, Kraven the Hunter, and lots of others, Black Panther tales have had some glorious villains previously, so hopefully one in every of them will likely be ale to take centerstage and elevate the sport’s story.
MEANINGFUL CHOICE AND CONSEQUENCE MECHANICS
Of their official announcement for the Black Panther recreation, aside from describing it as a single participant third individual action-adventure expertise, EA and Cliffhanger Video games didn’t drop too many different particulars, although apparently sufficient, a number of extra essential tidbits did emerge not lengthy afterward, courtesy of a number of new job listings. One thing that stood out particularly was point out of Open Story, which is described as “a extremely progressive” new system to allow interactive storytelling centered round dialogue decisions.
After all, a job advert isn’t the most effective place to glean particulars a couple of recreation, and there’s loads of inquiries to be requested about how this technique will work. But when the Black Panther recreation is certainly placing alternative and consequence mechanics on the forefront, Cliffhanger Video games wants to ensure it does it proper. All too usually we see video games touting related mechanics, solely to current gamers with little greater than the phantasm of alternative (if that), so our hope is that the story in Black Panther will react to what gamers are doing in significant trend.
QUALITY OPTIONAL CONTENT
This one form of goes with out saying, however then once more, it at all times has, and there’s nonetheless no scarcity of examples of video games the place the elective content material fails to stay as much as expectations. The place elective content material in superhero video games is anxious, the Arkham trilogy stays the gold customary, and we’d like to see the Black Panther recreation do one thing alongside these strains. Have complete storylines and vital villains devoted solely to aspect questlines, use the elective content material as a method to gas that worldbuilding we spoke of earlier, and if alternative and consequence mechanics are certainly central to the expertise, use them to combine aspect quests with the principle story in surprising methods. A Black Panther recreation that does that’s going to be an thrilling prospect, to say the least.
FUN TRAVERSAL MECHANICS
If there’s one factor that superhero video games must excel at (and infrequently do), it’s traversal. From the web-swinging of Marvel’s Spider-Man to the gliding and divebombing of the Arkham video games, there’s simply one thing particular about with the ability to use superpowers and particular skills to traverse an enormous world. That’s one other space the place expectations will likely be excessive from the Black Panther recreation. Given who we’ll be enjoying as, motion will must be slick, quick, and exact, and utilizing that motion to make navigating the world extra pleasing will likely be simply as vital. And hey, if the sport throws in some enjoyable mounts or automobiles for good measure, that’s even higher.
REWARDING UPGRADES AND CUSTOMIZATION
At all times feeling like you could have the leg up over the overwhelming majority of enemies you run into is a giant a part of the ability fantasy of superhero video games, and that, in fact, is one thing that makes it trickier to steadiness fairly a number of different facets of the gameplay- just like the development, for example. How do you make upgrades and development really feel significant and rewarding, with out ever making it really feel like your present construct isn’t sturdy sufficient or making you actually really feel such as you’re the superhero the sport is having you embody? That’s a line that the Black Panther recreation must toe, however fortunately, there’s loads of alternative on this space for some stable development mechanics. After all, imagining a system the place you’re making distinctive and diverse upgrades to your swimsuit to change the way in which you play is infinitely simpler than truly implementing such a system within the recreation, however our hope is that Cliffhanger Video games will likely be as much as the duty.
A GREAT EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE THE BLACK PANTHER SUIT
Taking part in because the Black Panther will clearly be the USP of the Black Panther recreation, however as if usually the case with superhero tales, stepping outdoors of the swimsuit and likewise specializing in the person who wears that masks might be simply as compelling because the superhero themselves. Some video games try this effectively, others don’t – Insomniac’s Spidey titles being prime examples of each now and again – however Black Panther particularly is an IP the place it’s straightforward to see how the story and gameplay might nonetheless be engrossing whenever you’re not truly within the well-known swimsuit. You’re, in any case, going to be enjoying because the King of Wakanda, so we’d love, for example, to see a recreation the place the governance of Wakanda as T’challa (assuming he’s the protagonist) is simply as vital to the expertise because the precise superhero stuff whenever you’re within the Black Panther swimsuit.
ITS OWN IDENTITY
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s reputation has been a large boon for Marvel and all of its properties, taking pictures lots of them from relative obscurity into mainsteam popular culture fame, although we’re hoping Cliffhanger Video games received’t really feel creatively tied down due to that. Moderately than sticking too carefully to the visible identification of the MCU’s tackle the Black Panther universe, we’re hoping to see one thing that feels wholly new and authentic whereas nonetheless staying true to the IP’s core, whether or not it’s character designs we’re speaking about and even what Wakanda appears like. The Spider-Man video games have completed a wonderful job of carving out their very own identification, whereas conversely, Marvel’s Avengers failed on that entrance fairly miserably, whereas Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will likely be someplace in between- hopefully, the Black Panther recreation will likely be extra according to Spidey, or, on the very least, with Guardians.