Activision unsheathes Wolverine details

First X-Men: Origins movie tie-in coming to PS3, PS2, PSP, PC, 360, Wii, and DS; will debut alongside film inspiration in May 2009.

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Though it didn't participate directly in this past July's E3 Media & Business Summit, Activision held its own event just blocks away. During the week of the annual game-industry convention, the company also made several announcements, including the development of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The game will be based on the forthcoming film of the same name starring Hugh Jackman, who--judging by the first screenshot--is lending his likeness to the game.

Wolverine the game....

At the time of the Wolverine reveal, the only detail Activision would give was that the game was in development at Madison, Wisconsin-based studio Raven Software (Marvel: Ultimate Alliance). Today, the Guitar Hero-driven half of top third-party publisher Activision Blizzard announced a bevy of details about the game, including its platforms and launch date. It will arrive alongside the forthcoming film in May 2009. Amaze Entertainment (Crash of the Titans, Call of Duty: Roads to Victory) is developing the PSP, DS, Wii, and PS2 editions of the game, with Raven handling the PS3, 360, and PC versions.

The X-Men Origins game will trace Wolverine's backstory beyond the film, which sees the long-lived, fast-healing Canadian mutant subjected to horrific experiments by a shadowy military agency. After surviving the "Weapon X" program--which gave him both indestructible bones and retractable, razor-sharp claws--the hero escapes to the jungles of Africa, one of several real-world locales that Activision says will be re-created. Further plot details were scant, and no mention was made of Wolverine's half-brother and fellow mutant Sabretooth, a major character in the film played by Liev Shcreiber (The Manchurian Candidate).

...Wolverine the movie.

Gameplay details were thin, with the announcement saying that Wolverine would be an action game with an emphasis on melee combat, complete with combos and finishing moves. Fans of the X-Men franchise will be hoping for an improvement on Activision's last game based on the character, 2003's poorly received X2: Wolverine's Revenge.

Discussion

73 comments
starduke
starduke

Nooooooo! I jsut went on the Nintendo site for the DS version and they have screen shots for the DS version of X-men Origins Wolverine. They are the worst screenshots I have EVER seen! They make Wolvie look like a dork, not the bad dude he is! They actually did it! They wrecked Wolverine! At least on they did on the DS. I hope the PC version is good! Please, Please let the PC version be good! I hate to have to say it, but Wolverine DS is a total fail! We should have a funeral if the other games are this bad. I don't know for what, though. The Wolverine game or for Activision.

starduke
starduke

I hope this game is good. Wolverine deserves a really good game. So, did Spider-Man, and most of his games are bad. Hey, you're right jadefury27, Wolvie was in THPS 3. Spidey was in THPS 2. Was there a Marvel character in THPS 1? I liked to skate as Spidey and Wolvie. Wolvie was also in the X-men Legends games (duh, starduke, he is an X-man), which were the predasessors of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. I have the second one for PC, and Wolvie's good in that. Not the main character, though. This game is before the X-men, so Wolvie can really be a berserker in this. None of this were're the good guys, so we don't kill kind of stuff. When ever Wolvie's hanging out with the X-men he's pretty tame. Compare the X-men books with him in them to the stand alone Wolvie title. Not the new Old Man Logan storyline, though. The ones before that. He actually kills with his claws! Wolvie is one bad dude.

masha2932
masha2932

Hope the ps2 version is decent. I know the ps2 is on its deathbed, but it isn't much to ask for a good version. Fingers crossed

MX6_007
MX6_007

Thats great its coming on PS2 coool cool coooooooooooool iam waiting 4 that 1

sage_spartan
sage_spartan

weapon x didnt give wolverine the claws... do your research.

necronaux
necronaux

Hey! Another video game based on a movie. Didn't see that coming.

Duvendor
Duvendor

"...with Raven handling the PS3, 360, and PC versions." I think that will be a game much more like The Darkness or "God of War" type. I´ll hope they do a great job even with the schedule delivery so short.

Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

dlaury Posted Dec 10, 2008 1:34 am ET I hope it's not another x:men legends, marvel ultimate alliance, fantastic four type game. I'm pretty sick of those Baldur's Gate clone comic book games. Something with better graphics, better story, and most definitely a better playing mechanic, maybe 3rd person shooter style, would be nice. Just not another overhead dungeon crawler... ============================================== Exactly, Needs to be a over the shoulder 3rd person cam or shooter style like you said. For some reason the games with popular characters from sources outside of games never really get up-close and personal with the main character. And for all the close combat that is sure to be in this game I think that kind of cam would lend to a more visceral feel.

Hekynn
Hekynn

Man they better do a better do a good job on this one :)

Alphamale001
Alphamale001

cid_007, awesome! Man I hope this game is good. Movie tie-in games have been really lackluster lately, save for a few. Hopefully this can bust through the sloppy developed mold and be a fantastic game. How hard can it be? It has sweet chops, metal claws and one pissed off man. Sounds like all the makings of a stellar game.

kingeliran
kingeliran

actully there is an old game about wolverine and it was pretty good at his time, maybe this one will be good to, maybe it will come out like iron man or the hulk (sucky) we will have to wait and see...

jammer06
jammer06

HEY WHO KNOW, THIS MIGHT BE BETTER THAN THE OTHER X-MEN GAME THEY CAME UP WITH

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

Is a shame that Wolvie will NOT have a great man anytime soon... a shame.

Mr_AB
Mr_AB

does anyone else agree they need to make a ballin x-men game like the arcade game from the 90's? i could have played that game forever and it was basic... great melee, each mutant had a special power, and it was fun playing with friends... actually, is that available for any system? even the nes, super new, etc.? i would love to have it and yeah this game will probably blow

ngboy
ngboy

movie based videogames for the most part suck because they're usually rushed to coincide with the release of the actual movie. this case will be no different.

The_Fell_One
The_Fell_One

I think it's hilarious that they're doing a timed release with the movie when that's exactly what earned this game's predecessors such poor marks.

shadowblade99
shadowblade99

I'm not going to hold my breath on this game. But I'll keep an eye on it. Wolverine is one of my all time favs from the marvel line up.

nappan
nappan

@jadefury27: Definitely a matter of quality gameplay here... because otherwise it's just a brawler with claws and healing. Riddick was a great example of how the few special qualities of a character shine most when the emphasis is on quality gameplay and storytelling. Alas... I fear this game is doomed if we pay attention to the history of the franchise.

jadefury27
jadefury27

if activision puts in the amount of time they have to the spider-man series as of late then this should be good. a mix of stealth with bloodthirsty hack n slash will make for a good mix. i'd hate to think that the two best appearences for one of marvels top characters is marvel: ultimate alliance and....tony hawk pro skater 3.

Krazy-K
Krazy-K

*sighs* I have high hopes for this game, but we all know what to really expect. *crosses fingers and begins to pray for this game*

CamiKitten
CamiKitten

Activision better not screw up this game. But like every game made based from comics and movies it's undoubtedly going to suck. Save X amount of people, smack X amount of baddies blah blah blah.

Temtamperu
Temtamperu

Damn these games that make me want them. :( its gonna be a shcmity 6 hour game akin to X3 (shudders) but we will buy it because wolverine is cool ass. but its released on everything (i will be checking the sink next may infact) and it wil be 12s and his hardest steel in the world claws, arent gonna cut through hot butter. Dismemberment or no buy. im sick of hack and slashers too so this would want to be like splinter cell, with dismemberment. plox.

The_Tombo
The_Tombo

"and retractable, razor-sharp claws" Wolverine already had those before the weapon X experiment. Not covered in Adamantium though.

Molezzi
Molezzi

YES If you screw up, im gonna fly to wherever Activision's head office is, and punch the CEO in the head!!! This game could rock like mad!!!!!! BUT since its an all platforms, i get the feeling it's going to be a kiddie game and a game made, to make money and nothing else!!! I HOPE IT ROCKS (but past experience tells me it wont)

XanderKage
XanderKage

Please dont screw up. There's lots of potential here, it'd be a shame if they ruin it...

abu_eljod
abu_eljod

I hope they put some effort on it and make it as good as it sounds

doomsoth
doomsoth

Raven can make good games, but I haven't been impressed for a while.

VicMackey
VicMackey

I'd have more faith in this if Raven had more time to develop it. Movie games should launch with the DVD, not the theatrical release. Fans would rather wait for an awesome game than have a broken one right away. (Not that launching with the DVD helped Superman Returns, but still.)

SS4-Goku
SS4-Goku

i hope this is not another X-2 but there is only hope and form what i was reading it dose sound intresting i will be looking forward for more news about it

BloodMist
BloodMist

Yes, unfortunately this will just be like every recent X-Men game, just not that good at all.Well if Raven's making it, there's a much higher chance of it not sucking, but that being said i just don't like the Ultimate Alliance style of X-Men game that much..Movie will certainly be great though.

dlaury
dlaury

I hope it's not another x:men legends, marvel ultimate alliance, fantastic four type game. I'm pretty sick of those Baldur's Gate clone comic book games. Something with better graphics, better story, and most definitely a better playing mechanic, maybe 3rd person shooter style, would be nice. Just not another overhead dungeon crawler...

73X
73X

It's a movie game, man. They're almost as bad as video-game movies. What was the last all-platform movie game that was actually good?

akafiddy
akafiddy

73X, Really? Cuz I recall Call of Duty World at War being one of the best games made.. and it came out for all systems... hmmm?

73X
73X

This game's gonna suck merely because it's going to be released on every platform. If they were going to focus on any one or two platforms I'd have at least a tad of hope for this game.

punisher619
punisher619

like nintendoboy said I hope the game doesn't suck too. But I hope they dont base it off the movie maybe something leading up to the movie because have any of you played spiderman 2 the game after seeing the movie god only knows how many times anything to do with the movie you allready know what is gunna happen that is why I like spiderman WOS.

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

This is a gaming website BTW. Lots of comic knowledge I just read is wrong. Sabretooth and Wolverine, related? Oh yea sure. And Thor is the father of Reed Richards.

MFazio23
MFazio23

I'm pumped already since Raven's making it. I'm biased because I'm from the Madison area, but they're a great dev and can definitely do the game justice.

jmangafan
jmangafan

I like how people are already dismissing the title because its based off the movie. Game is being developed by Raven Software (X-Men Legends 1 and 2, Marvel: UA, Quake IV, and the upcoming Wolfenstein game). They're a pretty damn good dev, and I'm sure they have the best chance of pulling off a good X-Men game.

devilscry
devilscry

its already working against itself. Fanboy says Sabertooth is not his half brother. Can't get your facts straight, how good could it be??

INMATEofARKHAM
INMATEofARKHAM

I guess you can always hope but this game really has no chance of being decent... Let alone good. Though, I do think a Wolverine game that was done right would sell like hot cakes but to do that someone would have to do like there doing with Batman: Arkham Asylum... Pull the game/licenses away from a movie and let it be developed until it done.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Wolverine awesome. Hope the game dsoen't suck though.

JRD1912
JRD1912

I think is safe to assume, both the movie and game will suck.

cmpepper23
cmpepper23

I hope they do this right. Wolverine is my favorite marvel character and the only comic book I still read.

sxygrkstd
sxygrkstd

Sabertooth is actually the half-brother. that thing about him being wolverine's dad is i think from a "What-if" comic. There's a couple new comics now that retold Wolverine's backstory with Sabertooth. but beyond that, I'm stoked.

Pyben0
Pyben0

If it has to do with Wolverine I'm buying it , he's the best ! Idon't care what anybody thinks