Bethesda Softworks and Marvel Games’ announcement of Blade was one of the highlights of The Game Awards 2023. Arkane Lyon, the studio behind Deathloop and the Dishonored series, is creating a new game based on the comic book hero Blade. This title will have mature themes, as single-player, third-person action game. The trailer reveal did not specify any kind of release window, and it seems that’s for good reason as Bethesda has since stated that the game has, “just begun development.”
Blade will take players to a quarantined section of Paris in the middle of a supernatural emergency. Vampires have emerged, terrorising the city of lights. Parisians are forced to shelter inside their homes at night to wait for sunrise.
“As a kid of mixed origins, I felt a special connection to Blade. A hero with a dual heritage himself,” said Dinga Bakaba, Game Director, Arkane Lyon. “The opportunity to put our spin on this character is a dream of mine and a challenge that our team embraces with a passion. We couldn’t be happier to put players in Blade’s boots.”
Arkane Lyon Has Only Just Begun with Blade
Despite the impressive cinematic trailer for the game (below), we’re yet to see any gameplay. And it seems that’s for good reason. In a press communication, Bethesda Softworks stated:
“Akane Lyon has just begun development on the game which will feature an original story with the studio’s signature immersive gameplay and world-class narrative.”
“In honor of Blade’s 50th anniversary, we have found the perfect match for the Daywalker in Arkane Lyon. A studio of uncompromising artists who continually push the boundaries of game design and innovation,” said Bill Rosemann, VP and Creative Director of Marvel Games. “In addition to their award-winning talent, it’s their personal passion and bold vision for our half-human, half-vampire iconoclast that makes this collaboration a perfect fit.”
The above trailer doesn’t state any release information or formats. However, Bethesda Softworks’ parent company, Microsoft, has stated that the game is in development exclusively for Xbox Series X|S and PC. At this time, no PlayStation 5 version of the game is planned.
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