Marvel’s Blade video game, announced at The Game Awards 2023, is an eagerly anticipated title, currently in the early stages of development by Bethesda and Arkane Lyon.
The latter is renowned for creating critically acclaimed games like Dishonored and Deathloop.
Set in the heart of Paris, Blade will feature an original story centered around the iconic character, a half-man, half-vampire known as a Daywalker.
Setting and story
Blade will be set in a quarantined Paris, plagued by a supernatural emergency involving vampires.
The city, especially at night, becomes a hunting ground for these creatures, forcing its residents to take shelter.
Players will step into the shoes of Blade, tasked with fighting these vampires and reclaiming the city.
This setting presents a unique backdrop, differing from the more common urban and American settings seen in superhero games, adding a fresh perspective to the lore.
Details about the gameplay are currently sparse, as no gameplay footage has been released yet.
However, knowing Arkane Studios’ reputation for creating games with strong melee-based combat and immersive gameplay, expectations are high.
The studio’s previous titles, such as Dishonored and Deathloop, have been praised for their intricate level design and engaging combat systems, which suggests that Marvel’s Blade could feature similar elements.
Development and release
The development of Marvel’s Blade by Arkane Lyon is particularly significant due to the director, Dinga Bakaba’s, personal connection to the character.
The game is still in its early development stages, with a speculated release date of late 2025 at the earliest.
Although no specific platforms have been announced, it’s likely that the game will be available on Xbox platforms, considering Bethesda/Zenimax’s ownership by Microsoft.