EA’s Upcoming Black Panther Game Plans a Definitive Experience

Big-budget video games are expected to only grow grander, as Electronic Arts announced a Black Panther game as part of its long-term deal with Marvel.
Published On July 17, 2023
A logo for EA and Marvel's upcoming Black Panther game.

The only visual of the upcoming Black Panther game we have for now is this logo – indicating that things may have only just begun for the developers. Photo by EA

Publisher Electronic Arts recently confirmed that it’s making a new Black Panther game in collaboration with Marvel – and it has created a whole new studio for it.

The big news: The publisher made two major announcements on July 10th — the first being the new Seattle-based studio Cliffhanger Games, and the second being the newly formed studio’s very first game based on Black Panther.

  • “We’re thrilled to announce Cliffhanger Games, a new triple-A development studio based in Seattle, is working on an original, third-person, single-player Black Panther game in collaboration with Marvel Games,” read the announcement.

Details: EA says that the game will be an original, third-person, single-player title featuring an “expansive and reactive world” meant to deliver a “definitive and authentic Black Panther experience.”

  • While Stephens mentions the ambitions to “explore the world of Wakanda” and “giving them [the player] more agency and control over their narrative than they have ever experienced in a story-driven video game,” details about the game largely remain scarce.
  • The studio did not mention a release window or the platforms the game might be coming to, understandably “still early in development.”

Behind the curtains: Cliffhanger is led by Kevin Stephens, who previously served as the studio head at Monolith Productions — the studio behind Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The studio also employs “veterans of top franchises” including Halo Infinite, Call of Duty, and God of War.

  • EA and Marvel announced a long-term deal to develop “at least three” new action-adventure games for consoles and PC, with the other confirmed game being an action-adventure title based on Iron Man.
  • The announced title is not the same as another Black Panther (and Captain America) game announced last year — set in Marvel’s version of World War II, produced by Skydance Interactive. The studio is also developing an untitled Star Wars game.
  • Monolith Productions announced a Wonder Woman game in 2021.

Meanwhile: Disney is betting big on adapting its biggest superheroes into big-budget video games involving partnerships with major studios — but the genre has not lived up to the hype.

  • Insomniac’s Marvel’s Spider-Man and its spinoff Miles Morales are the major critical and commercial successes for the genre in recent memory — with the latter’s success likely also influenced by the Spider-Verse films.
  • The Sony-owned studio also has a Spider-Man sequel (releasing October 20th) and a game featuring Wolverine lined up.
  • Take-Two Interactive’s Marvel’s Midnight Suns featured heroes from some of Disney’s biggest properties, including the likes of Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. However, the tactical RPG ended up being a commercial flop despite positive reviews.
  • Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix announced that support for 2020’s “Marvel’s Avengers” would be ending September 30th this year — becoming one of the most high-profile flops, generating an estimated $200 million in losses and causing a sale of the studio.

What’s next: The list of big-budget video-game adaptations inspired by Disney properties is expected to grow substantially over the next few years, including an Xbox and PC exclusive Indiana Jones title, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, and Amy Hennig’s Marvel game.