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Insomniac Wolverine game will have a ‘hard R-rating’ and no connection to X-Men movies

The Insomniac Wolverine game will have a ‘hard R-rating’ and no connection to the X-Men movies, which reinforces previous information that the project from the same team who oversaw Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (creative director Brian Horton and game director Cameron Christian) will be a standalone title.

“[Insomniac] will avoid to have any sort of links or anything that sort of evokes the Fox movies. This thing’s going to stand on its own,” explained Giant Bomb’s Jeff Grubb on his Morning Games Mess live show on Twitch. Grubb also revealed the tone which the Insomniac Wolverine game will have, ‘a hard R-rating’ that will be imperative for making use of Wolverine’s trademark adamantium claws.

“Hard-R is what they’re going for. It’s one of the concepts that I’ve heard,” Grubb continued. “I think one of the cool things about ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ was, ‘Hey, the lightsabers slice the droids in half.’ And then the bad part was when you go up against Stormtroopers, it doesn’t do that. Now, I’m mostly okay with that. I think with ‘Wolverine’ though, put us into an environment where those claws are gonna work as claws.”

The Insomniac Wolverine game will most likely be set before Wolverine joined with the X-Men, which will both give the studio more creative control when it comes to the narrative and help them adhere to the hard R-rating, as historically it was when Wolverine joined up with the X-Men that he was finally able to temper his egregiously animal aggressive side thanks to the guidance of Professor X and the rest of his teammates keeping him in check.

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“I was trying to nail down the setting. I’ve heard maybe– at least, it will start before he joins the X-Men, which also makes sense,” Grubb explained. “It’s a Wolverine game. Maybe you don’t wanna put in a situation where it’s like, ‘Where is Cyclops?’ It’s like, ‘Well, this is before he knew any of those people.’ But I don’t know that for sure. That just sounds like how it’s gonna work.”

Although previous reports suggested that the Insomniac Wolverine game would release sometime in 2023, Grubb thinks that 2024 is more likely for the game’s release date.

“Maybe the surprising thing for me is that I’ve heard two different dates and let’s just combine them here,” Grubb said. “I’ve heard as early as Fall 2024, which would be wild. So this is Insomniac after putting out ‘Spider-Man 2’ this Fall and then just to follow that up with ‘Wolverine’ in Fall 2024. Now, I’ve also heard internally, they’re still very much talking about 2025, so let’s not be very surprised if that’s, of course, what happens. But man, if anyone can pull off releasing two major AAA massive games, like marquee games for a platform back-to-back years, it is Insomniac.”

What do you think of the news that the Insomniac Wolverine game will have a ‘hard R-rating’ and no connection to the X-Men movies? Would you rather play Wolverine as a loner or do you prefer him when he’s teamed up with the X-Men? Let us know in the comments.

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