Warner Bros. Discovery seeks to ‘strengthen’ DC’s gaming output, according to a new report.
According to Variety, following the merger of Warner Brothers and Discovery, which will see the new conglomerate take control of Warner Bros. Games, it is claimed, that internal discussions take place around how to “overtake” the DC Universe in the media, including games.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the group’s gaming division, currently has four DC game projects under development, Gotham Knights, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, The Wolf Among Us 2 and Wonder Woman.
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The report also reveals that the company plans to rejuvenate characters like Superman, and that the company is looking for a Kevin Feige-like figure to oversee this expansion.
While DC’s movies are in a solid second place after Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe at the box office, it’s been a much closer battle in games.
In the 2010s, the Batman Arkham games from Rocksteady became critical and commercial successes, and the Injustice series, a pair of fighting games developed by Mortal Kombat studio NetherRealm, was also well received.
While Marvel’s gaming output is somewhat chopped up with the mediocre reception and disappointing performance of Marvel’s Avengers, Marvel is experiencing great success with its Spider-Man titles.
Developed by Insomniac Games, both Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales were commercial and critical hits. A successor is currently under development. Insomniac Games is also in the process of developing a Wolverine game.
Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, the next game from Rocksteady Studios, was originally scheduled to be released this year, but in March it was delayed to 2023.
Warner Bros. recently announced a release date for Gotham Knights on October 25, 2022.
Gotham Knights is developed by WB Games Montreal and led by creative director Patrick Redding, who has previously directed the Splinter Cell titles Conviction and Blacklist.