New Black Panther Game Coming From Ex Shadow Of Mordor Devs, EA

Black Panther (2016) #1 features the character on the cover.

Image: Brian Stelfreeze / Marvel Comics

Turns out the rumors were true and Electronic Arts is in fact working on a new single player Black Panther game. It’s coming from the publisher’s new Cliffhanger Games studio formed by industry veterans, including developers from Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor studio, Monolith Productions.

The announcement includes almost no real information about the game—no release window, gameplay details, or even concept art. Like a lot of big budget projects that get announced way ahead of time these days as companies compete to attract talent, Black Panther is “still early in development with a long road ahead.”

“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,” Kevin Stephens, former Monolith studio head, said in a press release. “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.”

News of the Black Panther game was first reported last year by journalist and industry insider Jeff Grubb during a Giant Bomb’s Game Mess Mornings stream. Grub claimed EA was working on a game with the goal of building on the success Respawn garnered from its 2019 single-player open-world Star War game, Jedi: Fallen Order. It’s not yet clear if that will just apply to the ambitions of the Black Panther game’s story or open-world-style gameplay as well.

Marvel has been pushing some of its other biggest characters into games as well. EA’s Motive studio is working on a Iron Man game that seems aimed at appealing to fans of blockbuster story-driven games as well. There was of course Eidos Montreal’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Crystal Dynamics Marvel’s Avengers as well. Also don’t confuse EA’s new Black Panther project with the espionage thriller starring Black Panther and Captain America coming from Skydance developers Amy Hennig and Marc Bernardin. As we’ve said before, there are a ton of Marvel games in the works now.

Black Desert Devs’ Next Game Looks Dope, Features Horse Drift

Gif: Pearl Abyss / Kotaku

Gamescom’s Opening Night Live kicked off Tuesday, August 22 with a smattering of trailers for Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Black Myth: Wukong, and Little Nightmares 3, among others. Tucked into the presentation was a trailer for Black Desert developer Pearl Abyss’ next game and, y’all, it looks pretty cool.

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Crimson Desert was announced in November 2019 and has since had a handful of details spill out, with a big reveal landing in December 2020 at The Game Awards. Billed as an open-world action RPG, Crimson Desert’s ONL appearance featured a new gameplay trailer showing tons of cool stuff.

Crimson Desert

It looks like an interesting amalgam of Assassin’s Creed and Devil May Cry with brutal combat, transformations, and horse drifting. Yes, horse drifting. At one point during the trailer, the character gets a horse to make a sharp left turn that’s almost giving racing sim or maybe something closer to the 2022 indie online co-op racing battle royale game Knightfall: A Daring Journey. It’s over-the-top in a very video game sort of way, and I’m absolutely here for it.

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Interestingly, according to PC Gamer, Crimson Desert was originally planned as a prequel to Black Desert. However, the project outgrew that property to the point where Pearl Abyss saw fit to treat Crimson Desert as a separate IP. While it’s unclear just how connected the two games are, Crimson Desert is built using an upgraded version of the engine that powers Black Desert.

Crimson Desert doesn’t have a release date, but it is expected to come to consoles and PC.


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