EA making Black Panther open world video game but with no T'Challa

A new rumour says EA is publishing a Black Panther game; one where you play as a new Black Panther rather than T’Challa.

We already have Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2 and Wolverine to look forward to in the coming years, and now we can add another beloved Marvel superhero to the list of upcoming solo game adventures: Black Panther.

Although not officially announced, an insider source has claimed that a single-player open world Black Panther game is in very early production. Not at Insomniac or Sony, but at EA.

It’s being developed by an entirely new, currently unnamed studio based in Seattle, one founded by Kevin Stephens, the former vice president of Monolith Productions, which made Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor and its sequel.

However, one rather strange detail is that you won’t technically be playing as the Black Panther we know from the comics and movies. In fact, the game starts with Black Panther dead.

Instead, you play as a new character who must take up the mantle in his place. There was no mention of whether the player character is fully customisable or if they will have a set personality, name, and appearance.

This comes from Jeff Grubb on his Games Mess podcast, who teased news of a Black Panther game in the wake of the new trailer for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever movie.

The concept for the Black Panther game, whether intentional or not, sounds a tad similar to the aforementioned Wakanda Forever. The sequel to the 2018 movie, it too begins with Black Panther dead and someone else needing to take over.

This is because actor Chadwick Boseman sadly died in 2020 and Marvel decided not to recast the role of T’Challa, killing off the character.

The character is still active in the comics so not having him in the video game seems a peculiar choice at face value.

Black Panther is no stranger to video games, having made appearances in Square Enix’s Avengers, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, and Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite. However, this will be his first solo game.

This isn’t the only major superhero game EA has in the works either. Monolith Productions’ next project, rather than another Lord Of The Rings game, is making one featuring Wonder Woman.

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