Black Panther has been in a few big video games like Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite and Marvel’s Avengers (which is in the above picture), but he has yet to star as a lead in his own game. However, that’s about to change according to a recent report that alleges that a Black Panther video game is in development.
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Giant Bomb’s Jeff Grubb, a noted insider, claimed as much on his Game Mess show. Grubb said the project will be an open-world single-player game that begins with the last Black Panther being dead, a role players then have to fill as the title progresses.
“It is a single-player game,” said Grubb. “It is in very early development. And the game starts with Black Panther being dead and the player is going to take on the challenges of becoming the new Black Panther and that seems to be the setup for the game.”
It is reportedly codenamed “Project Rainier” and is likely in the early stages of development at Electronic Arts’ new studio helmed by industry veteran Kevin Stephens. Stephens previously worked on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and and its sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of War, as well as a ton of other licensed games like Gotham City Imposters, Batman: Arkham City, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, just to name a few.
Stephens also stated when setting up the team in 2019 that he was looking to develop an open-world action adventure game in the Seattle area, two other descriptors that match Grubb’s claims. The title’s alleged codename, according to Grubb, could be a reference to Mount Rainier, which is south of Seattle and likely somewhat close to the studio. Samantha Ryan, who worked on many of the same titles, also joined the team in those early days. Ryan said at the time that the “action-adventure space is a hugely important genre,” a genre that this alleged Black Panther game would likely fall into.
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Electronic Arts has not confirmed this game. But if true, it would be yet another big Marvel game in development. Insomniac Games is developing Spider-Man 2 and Wolverine. Amy Hennig’s Skydance Media is making an untitled Marvel action adventure game. Firaxis Games’ tactical RPG Midnight Suns is much closer to release, as it is set to come out in October. Ex-Hearthstone developers are still working on the card battling game Marvel Snap, which is out in some territories on select mobile platforms.
And this is accurate, it also shows EA’s renewed commitment to single-player titles. The publisher seems to be putting out more solo games like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and the Dead Space remake.