With a massive amount of third-person action games recently released, or set to be released in the next year (Enslaved, Devil May Cry, The Force Unleashed 2, inFamous 2) it may seem that game developers are catering to any and all fan desires.
However, today we realized what the upcoming list of titles has been missing: a stars-and-stripes-emblazoned vibranium shield. But no need to fear, because SEGA has come to the rescue with the announcement that Captain America: Super Soldier is currently in development.
While many gamers are already well acquainted with Cap through the various Marvel titles he has appeared in on several platforms (also soon to be a fighter in the upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom 3, it's nice to see Captain America get a title all to himself.
With the Captain America film currently in production, the news that a major videogame will be released alongside it is nothing new to the gaming public, but recent releases like Batman: Arkham Asylum have raised the expectations and excitement for each new comic-related announcement.
Next year, players will be able to travel back to the darkest days of World War II, and fight the combined forces of Hydra, Red Skull, and Iron Cross - to uphold the values for which the Captain stands.
Gary Knight, SEGA's Senior Vice President of Marketing, believes that not only will the game offer a set of new and coveted experiences, but that Marvel's involvement is good news for everyone:
“Videogame players the world over can now become Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Captain America. Captain America: Super Soldier puts players in the boots of the ultimate Super-Soldier, wielding Captain America’s legendary shield. Working closely with Marvel ensures we’re delivering the calibre product that gamers and comic fans deserve and it’s a partnership we’re proud of here at SEGA.”
With Super Soldier, both Marvel and SEGA hope to take recent developments, and refinements, in the platforming as well as third-person action genres and create a unique experience - set within the period backstory of Captain America. The game will use the WWII period and comic book fiction to create a one-of-a-kind style. According to SEGA's press release:
Captain America: Super Soldier combines a highly athletic combat system with fluid platforming and a highly tuned suite of shield attacks, as Cap explores a massive castle turned military installation. His shield can be employed in numerous ways: taking out multiple enemies at once, deflecting incoming fire back at enemies, solving puzzles, and scaling walls. Players will be able to launch shield-first into the fray with the superior force of the world’s first Super-Soldier at their fingertips–and they’ll need every bit of that strength to overcome a castle that’s both an acrobatic playground for the Captain’s physical prowess and a house of mystery with enemies and danger at every turn.
Comic book characters receiving a high-profile development is something we would love to see more of, so the fact that Super Soldier is being written by TV, movie, and comic writer, Christos Gage, only sweetens the deal. With experience writing for Marvel's X-Men, Iron Man, and Captain America himself, we can be sure that Gage knows how to tell a compelling story.
The only skepticism on my part surrounds Marvel's previous Iron Man game releases, which didn't have the gameplay necessary to keep my interest for more than an hour or two.
On the other hand, Marvel's last release just happened to be Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, which captured both the action and writing that makes the character great, and subsequently the title so unique - resulting in a fantastic game.
For now, we only have a few screenshots and concept art to go on, which means further speculation will have to wait. So far, the look of the game seems to fit with the overall aesthetic of the film - which could lead to some very interesting art design. Check them out for yourself:
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So what do you think of the concept artwork and screenshots so far? Is this the kind of Captain America game you've been looking forward to, or does it seem a little too close to zombie Nazis for your liking?