Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, you fool, it’s a superhero game – several of them! Beginning this holiday season and beyond, fans of spandex-clad saviors have several titles to keep on the lookout, regardless if you stan for DC, Marvel, or (preferably) both. We’ve gathered all of the announced titles in one place and have arranged them in chronological release order, so you know when to expect these games to swoop in and rescue you from boredom.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Deus Ex developer Eidos-Montréal is giving the Guardians of the Galaxy their first triple-A game, and it looks to capture the best elements of the comics and films. A single-player action RPG steeped heavily in the comic book incarnation of the team, players control Star-Lord to lead his motley crew of misfits on a planet-hopping adventure to stop a catastrophe they inadvertently caused. Battles are as chaotic as the Guardians themselves, with players commanding the group’s AI-controlled members to dish out attacks. Outside of battle, you’ll steer the story via choice-driven dialogue and nurture (or sabotage) relationships with each Guardian, which influences their effectiveness on the team. You can learn more about this exciting space romp by visiting our exclusive coverage hub.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns
Firaxis, the makers of XCOM, lend their strategic talents to a bold reimagining of Marvel’s Midnight Suns comic team. As a customizable hero known only as the Hunter, you’ll lead a team of heavy hitters consisting of popular mainstays like Captain America, Doctor Strange, and Wolverine to cult favorites like Magik, Nico Minoru, and Blade to take on Lilith, Mother of all Demons. Midnight Suns isn’t just XCOM wearing its underwear on the outside. It’s a wholly original strategy RPG that blends turn-based gameplay with abilities executed through a deck of randomized cards. Outside of battle, you’ll explore your HQ and build relationships with teammates to provide bonuses in combat as well as letting you get to know them better. Midnight Suns recently graced Game Informer‘s cover, and you can take a deep dive into all it entails by visiting our cover story hub.
Batman is dead. With Gotham’s greatest protector gone, it’s up to the rest of the Bat Family to step up and pick up the slack. Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Red Hood take center stage in this two-player co-op adventure that pits the heroic foursome against fan-favorite secret society the Court of Owls and other classic villains. Gotham Knights comes from Warner Bros. Montreal, developer of Batman: Arkham Origins. Despite sharing presentational and gameplay similarities, Gotham Knights is an independent story disconnected from the Arkham universe. Arkham fans still shouldn’t let that bum them out, though, as the action looks fantastic whether you’re busting crime alone or with a sidekick.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
The title pretty much says it all. As the Suicide Squad, a government task force of incarcerated supervillains, you’re trying to kill Superman and the rest of the Justice League. While we still haven’t seen gameplay and know little about the project overall, the game is being developed by Rocksteady, the mastermind behind the stellar Batman Arkham series. That alone is enough to give us faith that they can do right by the Suicide Squad. The reveal trailer confirmed that Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark are on the team but we don’t know which Justice League members they’ll face other than a seemingly mind-controlled Man of Steel. Thankfully, we’ll get our first look at the game in over a year during October’s DC FanDome.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
The third act to Insomniac’s Spider-Man and Miles Morales games pits both heroes against one of Spidey’s deadliest enemies: Venom. Although both heroes are present, Spider-Man 2 is a single-player experience, but we don’t know if you’ll be switching between both Spiders at will or during scripted moments. Insomniac has proven it can responsibly wield Spider-Man’s power, so we trust that whatever approach they decide to take. 2023 is a long time to wait, but our spider senses tell us it’ll be worth it.
Not content with only tackling Spider-Man, Insomniac shocked the gaming world by announcing that it’s also making a Wolverine game. Outside of a brief cinematic teaser trailer, we know little about this exciting project. Insomniac confirmed it will have a mature tone and alluded that it’s mythos is disconnected from its Spiderverse. Eagle-eyed fans also found subtle easter eggs in the trailer hinting at the Hulk. We have a good while before we get any answers as the game is very early in development and has no release window.
Those are the most exciting super hero games on the horizon, but which one are you most excited for?