Insomniac is targeting a Fall 2024 release date window for Marvel’s Wolverine right now according to the latest report, although that could slip to 2025 depending on how development progresses. The same report claims the game will also be aiming for a Mature rating and will not be a completely open-world environment.
Marvel’s Wolverine will take place before X-Men
Insomniac apparently wants to avoid tying Marvel’s Wolverine to any of the X-Men movies, and they intend to do this by setting the game in a time before the hero joined the X-Men, at least according to industry insider Jeff Grubb. Talking on the Giant Bomb Game Mess Mornings podcast, Grubb said that Wolverine would not be part of a team when the game started. Whether the character joins up with the X-Men further into the game remains to be seen.
On the other hand, there’s a chance that Wolverine and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will share the same world. Grubb expects Wolverine to have a cameo or Easter Egg in Spider-Man 2, although they games won’t be too similar. Firstly, Wolverine will be a semi open-world game with a linear design that includes several smaller open-world areas. Secondly, the game is aiming for a Mature rating by including things like human dismemberment, something that isn’t entirely unexpected bearing in mind the Spec Ops: The Line writer Walt Williams is narrative director.
While Marvel’s Wolverine is currently targeting Fall 2024, a 2025 release date is looking more and more likely. We’re definitely not seeing this game in 2023, anyway.