Recent years have seen a great resurgence of superheroes in gaming. Across an assortment of studios, platforms, and genres, Marvel has games in the works for Spider-Man, Wolverine, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Midnight Suns, and probably plenty more which have yet to be announced.
Last year, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics released Marvel's Avengers, allowing players to take control of the entire team in a blockbuster single-player story with plenty of co-op content. While this title continues to be regularly updated to this day with new heroes and content, it remains divisive among fans.
Even though every other currently announced title looks to be single-player experiences, it seems all hope isn't lost as rumors have suggested a multiplayer Marvel title may be in development for PlayStation 5.
Marvel Multiplayer Game Rumored for PlayStation 5
During the latest episode of the XboxEra Podcast, gaming industry insider Nick Baker revealed that a multiplayer game in the Marvel universe may be in development at Sony.
While the insider was unable to reveal everything he was told, Baker theorized Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games may be behind the title, which will likely release exclusively on PlayStation 5.
Baker has often proven to be a reliable insider in the past, however, he does note this information only comes from one source so should be taken with a grain of salt.
The Marvel Gaming Universe Expands Once Again
Recent years have seen a great increase in the number of Marvel games hitting the market. But in the entire slate of titles announced for the years to come, further updates for Avengers appear to be the only multiplayer content coming.
What exactly this multiplayer experience could entail is unclear, but an X-Men title seems overdue with games already existing for other Marvel teams like the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. Alternatively, a game that would allow gamers to create their own hero in the Marvel world could prove popular and a fitting format for a large-scale multiplayer title.
The rumored exclusive would join Insomniac Games' Spider-Man 2 and Wolverine and would mark the third Marvel game known to be in development only for PlayStation. Sony appears to be dedicated to tightening its grip on the Marvel brand, especially following the great success of both Spider-Man and Miles Morales.
With Insomniac already focused on two more single-player Marvel titles, it seems hard to imagine the studio having time to dedicate to a third superhero project. However, Baker's speculation on this front could add further credence to their potential involvement given his additional inside knowledge.
Additionally, earlier in the year Insomniac posted several job listings for a multiplayer project which could seemingly take place in the Marvel universe. Following the popularity of Spider-Man, it seems Sony may be looking to further focus Insomniac on more Marvel projects, putting aside its own franchises like Ratchet & Clank.
While it may look as if the Marvel universe is moving ever closer to a PlayStation exclusive future, there are still plenty of titles in development for other platforms. Square Enix has recently shared its intention to continue releasing new heroes and content for Marvel's Avengers for some time to come.
Additionally, Eidos Montreal's single-player Guardians of the Galaxy drops next month and Firaxis Games' Midnight Suns was recently announced for a March 2022 release, both of which are coming to all major platforms.
The future is bright for Marvel gamers with a huge variety of different titles in development for every platform and genre. With PlayStation having just recently revealed a large portion of its upcoming plans, it will sadly be some time before fans learn anything official from the rumored multiplayer title.