The last big game of the year has been reviewed, the awards have been handed out, so now it’s time to look towards the future. With a new year now upon us, there’s a fresh slate of comic book video games to look forward to, some that we’ll be playing – hopefully – within the next 12 months while others will assuredly come in the years to follow.
For the purpose of this feature, special attention will be given to the titles with locked release dates and windows while the rest will more or less serve as a reminder that they’ve been announced and “coming soon”.
DC JUSTICE LEAGUE: COSMIC CHAOS
RELEASE DATE: March 10th, 2023
WHAT IS IT?: A family friendly co-op adventure from the publisher behind DC League of Super-Pets: The Adventures of Krypto and Ace, players take control of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman to defend their home of Happy Harbor from Mr. Mxyzptlk.
SHOULD I BE EXCITED?: Don’t come into this one expecting the second coming of Justice League Heroes as it’s skewed towards the younger crowd. Still, if you have a younger sibling or kid that you want to introduce to superhero video games, this could be just what you’re looking for when it arrives in a few months.
MARVEL’S MIDNIGHT SUNS
RELEASE DATE: Q1 2023 and beyond
WHAT IS IT?: Wait, didn’t you already review this AND award it game of the year? Yes, we did, however the previous generation and Nintendo Switch ports are expected to drop before the end of 2K Games’ fiscal year. Also, DLC is on the way that brings in Deadpool, Venom, Storm and Morbius.
SHOULD I BE EXCITED?: As you may have gathered from the last paragraph, Marvel’s Midnight Suns is an excellent game, and if you still don’t have a current generation machine or solely play on Switch, it’s well worth it provided the ports are handled well. As someone who has put dozens of hours into this game, new characters are the perfect excuse to spend more time with the Suns.
SUICIDE SQUAD: KILL THE JUSTICE LEAGUE
RELEASE DATE: May 26th, 2023
WHAT IS IT?: Play as Deadshot, King Shark, Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang either solo or with a friend in this third-person shooter from the creators of the Arkham franchise. As the title suggests, your goal is to take out the biggest heroes in the DC universe who have found themselves under the control of the villainous Brainaic.
SHOULD I BE EXCITED?: This hails from Rocksteady Studios, and while they have made some of the best comic book games of all time, they also haven’t shipped a game since Batman: Arkham VR in 2016. Since that time, the prolific studio has had some high level departures and it became known that, like many video game developers sadly, it was not a great place to work if you were a female, so much so that the lead writer chose to depart the project and have their name removed from the credits.
A lot about Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League remains shrouded in mystery and very little gameplay has been shown for something that’s going to launch in a little over five months. It’s unclear for example whether this will chase the games as a service model that Square Enix tried with Marvel’s Avengers. At the very least, the late Kevin Conroy will return as Batman, perhaps for the last time.
Also, Comic Book Video Games will be matching the retail price of the purchase for this game with a donation to Girls Who Code, a Canadian charity who work towards closing the gender gap in the technology space.
MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN 2
RELEASE DATE: Fall 2023
WHAT IS IT?: The latest chapter in Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man saga following the events of Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Venom, voiced by Tony “Candyman” Todd will make their debut, and from the brief teaser, it looks like Kraven the Hunter will join this universe also.
SHOULD I BE EXCITED?: The most anyone has heard about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 since its September 2021 debut was a blurb from the PlayStation blog last month that this PlayStation 5 exclusive is going to arrive in the fall of 2023. Insomniac has rarely missed, however, and if you’ve played either of their Spider-Man games, you know this is one to look out for.
2023 AND BEYOND
HELLBOY WEB OF WYRD: Announced at the Game Awards, this gorgeous looking roguelite is listed as “coming soon” on the game’s official twitter account. Whether that means 2023 or into next year remains to be seen.
UNNAMED EA IRON MAN GAME: Developed by EA Motive, the team responsible for the upcoming Dead Space remake and lead by Olivier Proulx who was a senior producer on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, this will be the first of three games published by EA in collaboration with Marvel Games.
UNNAMED CAPTAIN AMERICA/BLACK PANTHER GAME: Revealed at the D23 event, this title will be set in the World War II period with development duties being handled by Skydance New Media. Amy Hennig, responsible for the Uncharted series, is involved with this one.
MARVEL’S WOLVERINE: The next Marvel offering from Insomniac Games set to follow Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.
WONDER WOMAN: Hailing from Middle-Earth developer Monolith Productions and set to use their “Nemesis System”, nothing has been revealed about this project outside of its debut teaser at the 2021 Game Awards.
THE WOLF AMONG US 2: It’s easy to forget this one still exists as the newly revived Telltale Games only pops up every now and then to remind everyone they’re still alive. As they’re already unveiled their second project since coming back from the dead, a series based on The Expanse, perhaps we’ll finally see this highly anticipated follow-up sooner rather than later.