Originally rumored to show up at the D23 event whose showstopper ended up being the Amy Hennig Captain America and Black Panther title at Skydance New Media, EA finally revealed today they’re working on an Iron Man game. Developed by EA Motive, the studio behind Star Wars: Squadrons and the upcoming remake of Dead Space, EA’s take on Iron Man is being sold as a single-player, third-person, action-adventure, quelling any fears that any greasy microtransactions or tacked on multiplayer would attempt to hack Tony’s armor. This is shaping up to be more Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order than say, an Anthem.
Outside of a press release, the only piece of media for whatever EA’s Iron Man game ends up being called was a silhouetted image of the Armored Avenger, so don’t expect to see gameplay videos or even a CG trailer anytime soon. Still, there’s cause to be optimistic about this gestating project. Leading the team at EA Motive is none other than Olivier Proulx, who was a Senior Producer on none other than our 2021 game of the year, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Proulx had this to say about Motive’s Iron Man:
“It’s an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to make a video game based on one of the most iconic Super Heroes in entertainment today,…We have a great opportunity to create a new and unique story that we can call our own. Marvel is encouraging us to create something fresh. We have a lot of freedom, which is so engaging for the team.”
With the Iron Man license now in the hands of EA, the future is not looking very bright for a follow-up to the phenomenal Marvel’s Iron Man VR. This follows another crushing blow that game received mere days ago when it was made known by Sony that all the game released on the original PSVR will not be backwards compatible with the PSVR2. If you were holding out hope that Marvel’s Iron Man VR would find a second life on PSVR2, or another headset for that matter as Sony is now open to porting their first-party software to other platforms, you’re unfortunately out of luck.
While having nowhere near the starring roles as other Marvel alum like Spider-Man, Iron Man’s certainly making up for lost time. Whereas his previous best games were limited to handheld devices like the Game Boy Advance and DS, he’s leading the charge in VR and now a big-budget AAA project from EA. At one point he also was set to headline a project under development from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios that was quietly cancelled.