With E3 less than two weeks away, I’ve started to theorize my annual dream-scenario. A die-hard fan of the Man of Steel, there are very few announcements that would make me happier than a full-fledged Superman video game. When considering the current gaming-landscape, it’s apparent the time to thwart Lex Luthor, pal around with Jimmy Olsen, and save Lois Lane, is upon us. Here’s why I think a Superman game will be announced this month.
Warner Bros. Wants to Capitalize
Putting your thoughts on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice aside (I liked it, come at me), it sold a lot of tickets. Walk into any Target or Walmart and you’ll find entire aisles of the kids’ section devoted to toys and other superhero-inspired merchandise.
Superman is everywhere, and it’s easy to recall the debonair looks of Henry Cavill; they’ve been burned into our subconscious. I mean, I’m not complaining, he’s a total babe, but still.
If Warner Bros. is in the business of making money, and I believe they are, I imagine it must make more sense to develop a Superman video game than one for any of their other heroes. Everyone knows Superman, and in the current superhero-infused cinematic world, the only hero more popular than him in the DC Universe is Batman. Let’s talk about that mopey, growling, rich boy and his video game franchise. Which reminds me,
The Arkham Trilogy is Over
Sorry, Bruce! The days of the bat are over! Sure, he got top billing in Batman V Superman, is starring in Suicide Squad and most future DC movies, and sure, nobody will ever be able to topple the critical success of The Dark Knight… But the Arkham games are finished!
It has been strongly implied that developer of the franchise, Rocksteady will be moving on to something different after their mostly successful launch of Arkham Knight. While Batman games may continue under a different studio, I doubt Rocksteady would abandon their successful relationship with Warner Bros and DC so quickly. The obvious answer for what comes next is Superman.
Superman represents a chance for Rocksteady to spread their wings capes. They would likely have to abandon many of the systems put in place in the Batman games, in favor of concepts that would lend themselves to Superman. While their ability to realize complex comic book worlds would be appreciated, they would have to replicate that prowess in the daylight.
Two New DC Comics Games are Confirmed
Okay, forget about Rocksteady. Maybe they want to work on an original IP and really test the limits of their combat systems, that’s fine, I guess. Luckily, Warner Bros has WB Montreal to pick up the slack. WB Montreal is developing two games based on DC Comics IP.
I enjoyed Batman: Arkham Origins, developed by WB Montreal, immensely. The game is severely underrated, and features some of the best boss fights in the series. I am confident Montreal can give us the Superman game we deserve. With everything happening in gaming right now, I would be shocked if Superman wasn’t the focus of the next big comic book game.
Developers are Ready to Deliver
With the critical success of so many open world games, developers are ready to bring a fully-realized Superman games to consoles. What would we need in a Superman game?
Huge open worlds have been created in many games including the Batman franchise. For further evidence, one only needs to look at The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, The Division, and many others.
An array of creative powers is nothing that hasn’t been seen in inFamous, Quantum Break and other super heroic titles.
Some Telltale games inspired dialogue options while masquerading as Clark Kent? Sounds good to me!
A Superman game is a fantastic opportunity for an under appreciated studio to make a name for themselves. Somebody needs to put everything together and make this Superman game. Sure, there are some aspects of the hero that make him hard to put in a video game, but I can’t believe that it’s impossible.
What do you think? Will we see a Superman game at E3 this month? What would you want to see in it and who would you want to see develop it? Sound off in the comments with your thoughts. Worst case scenario, I think we’ll definitely get a follow-up to Injustice: Gods Among Us at E3 this year, you can bet on that.