The San Diego Comic-Con is known as being far more than just a convention for comic nerds. In the past, it’s expansion and growth turned it into the premier source for a slew of news ranging from video game announcements to the latest on television series. Though the silver screen was graced with such announcements as sequels for Thor and Captain America, it seems that the gaming industry had been so far dealt a fairly short straw – that is until Activision and High Moon Studios revealed an announcement trailer for their newest foray into the Marvel Universe. Tacking on to the long string of hack and slash action titles is a look into the life and times of Marvel’s eccentric mercenary, Deadpool.
The trailer that came attached with the Comic-Con announcement shows that this iteration of Deadpool will have the over-the-top personality that the character housed in many of his comic book appearances. While little is shown within the near 2-minute long trailer, it can be deduced that the bulk of the gameplay within Deadpool will mimic styles of Devil May Cry and God of War and take on a heavy hack and slash feel.
Of course, this announcement comes with little news save for who the main character is and that it will have a heavy imprint of gore, severed limbs, and fancy footwork. It does look like, though, that Deadpool will be adopting and adapting some gunplay tricks from gamer’s favorite demon hunter, Dante. With Deadpool’s agility and mastery of the sword is fairly well known going into the game, it can be assumed with confidence that the game will feature fast paced action capped off with some rather flashy segments to break up the monotony that can come with a continuous stream of enemies.
For those uncouth on Deadpool’s history, the character appeared first in 1991 in New Mutants #98. Being a character within a world filled with mutants, it should come as no surprise that Deadpool houses his own array of abilities and powers. From accelerated healing and super human strength akin to (but slightly different than) the X-Men’s Wolverine to proficiency in multiple forms of martial arts, Deadpool is the perfect killing machine. Deadpool’s most stand-out “ability”, though, is his gift of gab, which makes a hefty appearance in the Comic-Con reveal.
Currently, there is no word as to what consoles this game will make an appearance on, though it can be assumed the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 will act as the game’s primary homes. With the Wii U launch looming in the air, it can also be questioned whether or not this will be yet another Mature title to grace Nintendo’s new system.
Activision and High Moon remained hush as to a potential release date, but there’s still time for the developer to feasibly push for a holiday release date. If they time things right, they won’t have to go through the inevitable comparisons to Capcom’s Devil May Cry reboot (Jan. 2013) during the initial onslaught of reviews.