Unseen 64, a site dedicated to covering cancelled video game projects, unearths new details on the open world action game Daredevil: The Man Without Fear.
Marvel Comics is promising big things for video gaming moving forward, but the company has already made a sizable imprint on the industry. Its characters have appeared in numerous video games, from dungeon crawlers, to fighting titles, to open world brawlers, all with varying degrees of success. However, not all of the video game projects based on Marvel Comics characters have gotten off the ground, and now new details on one such game have come to light.
Daredevil: The Man Without Fear was in development at 5000ft Inc., a studio primarily known for developing browser-based poker games. The game was originally meant to be a PlayStation 2 exclusive third-person action game, but when the Daredevil film adaptation was announced, it became a much bigger project. In fact, Daredevil: The Man Without Fear perhaps became too much of an undertaking for its developers.
As explained by Unseen64, after the film was announced, Daredevil: The Man Without Fear became a large, open world action game in the vein of the open world Spider-Man games released around the same time. This expanded scope also resulted in Xbox and PC versions of the game being added as well.
This added strain during development eventually caused the project to be shelved, with Marvel revoking the Daredevil license from 5000ft Inc. – despite the game being near the end of its development cycle. It’s a shame, too, as there still has yet to be a home console release starring Daredevil as the main character.
Perhaps Marvel’s new push in the gaming industry will see a solo Daredevil game actually finish development and hit store shelves. And now may actually be the best time to make one since the 2003 film, as there seems to be renewed interest in the character thanks to the Netflix TV series.
Even if no Daredevil solo games are released, though, one has to imagine that the character will continue to pop up in other games. For example, Daredevil is in the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance games, which are supposedly set to be remastered for current-generation consoles, and he also recently appeared in LEGO Marvel’s Avengers. Considering the character’s connection to Spider-Man, maybe the PS4 exclusive Spider-Man game that was announced at E3 a couple weeks back will feature an appearance from the titular “man without fear.”
Still, some fans may prefer to see Daredevil star in his own game, as opposed to playing second fiddle to other, more well-known Marvel characters. Time will tell if Marvel’s new focus on gaming will result in a Daredevil solo project being made or not, but in the meantime, fans can check out the footage and concept art of the cancelled Daredevil: The Man Without Fear and dream about what could have been.
Daredevil: The Man Without Fear was in development for PC, PlayStation 2, and Xbox.