Electronic Arts seems to have its hands full with Marvel video games. Following the announcement of an ambitious triple-A Iron Man game last year, the company has now set its sights on another massively popular Marvel IP. On the 57th anniversary of Black Panther’s comic debut in July 1966, EA dropped a bombshell, revealing that “an original, third-person, single-player Black Panther game” is in the works. Spearheading the development of this yet-to-be-named title is EA’s newly established Seattle-based studio, Cliffhanger Games, in close collaboration with Marvel.
Kevin Stephens of Monolith Productions, now leads the studio, comprising a team of seasoned professionals who have worked on notable titles like Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, God of War, Halo Infinite, Call of Duty, and more. The upcoming Black Panther game will be a hardcore single-player adventure that combines compelling storytelling with thrilling third-person action, promising to let players “experience what it is like to take on the mantle of Wakanda’s protector.“
During the reveal, Stephens said, “We’re dedicated to delivering fans a definitive and authentic Black Panther experience, giving them more agency and control over their narrative than they have ever experienced in a story-driven video game. Wakanda is a rich SuperHero sandbox, and our mission is to develop an epic world for players who love Black Panther and want to explore the world of Wakanda as much as we do.”
Details regarding the Black Panther game are currently scarce, and EA’s announcement does not provide any specific information about the game’s release window or supported platforms.
As per Cliffhanger Games, the Black Panther game is “early in development with a long road ahead.” Given that the studio is actively seeking talent and the game has recently been announced, it is likely that the project is still in its early conceptual stages. Up until now, Black Panther has been featured as a playable character in various Marvel games but has never had his own solo title.
EA’s upcoming Black Panther game marks the first time the iconic hero will star in his own standalone video game adventure. However, this isn’t the only game where the Wakandan superhero is set to shine. The Amy Hennig-led Skydance New Media is busy with its own Marvel game set in World War II, showcasing the exploits of Captain America and introducing Black Panther Azzuri (T’Challa’s grandfather), along with a fellow Wakandan spy and Howling Commando member, Gabriel Jones.
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