As technology progresses, so too do the various ways we play and access our favourite games. While there was a time when the only way we could immerse ourselves in our comic book heroes’ worlds was through cabinet games, there are now a number of options from virtual reality headsets to mobile games and beyond. Today, we thought we’d look at a few of these developments and where they may go in the future.
While the gaming industry may only just be getting to grips with delivering virtual reality to the masses, there are already a few comic book VR games on the market. Raise your batarang if you’ve played Batman Arkham VR! Though there are still a few technical hiccups, this title is already celebrated within the gaming community for offering players a great experience thanks to its narrative and use of this new technology. As this game is so popular, we hope it encourages other developers to start making virtual reality comic book games.
This trend is also predicted to have a huge impact on the online casino industry as Players Jet notes that headsets such as the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear are set to revolutionize iGaming as we know it. That would mean that gamers could immerse themselves in VR Marvel Roulette or the Superman video slot, but the technology is still at an embryonic stage so players might need to wait until 2018 for real developments.
More people around the world own smartphones than ever before, so it’s no surprise that there are now plenty of comic book gaming apps available. There’s Marvel: Contest of Champions, Marvel: Future Fight, DC Legends and Injustice: Gods Among Us just to name a few, all of which have been celebrated by critics. It seems that both Marvel and DC are on the right track when it comes to mobile gaming, so we are excited about upcoming developments.
In fact, there are a few more mobile games in the pipeline for 2017 that are set to be released really soon. There are two Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy mobile games being released in April alone – Episode One: Tangled Up In Blue and A Telltale Game Series. We assume that as more movies are released from DC they will also be releasing more mobile games.
Despite the popularity of virtual reality and mobile gaming, console gaming continues to shine brighter than ever. In fact, we would go as far as to say some of the best comic book games in history are console games, despite the competition. Although it feels as though the PS4 and Xbox One still feel like relatively new releases, there are plenty of new consoles on the horizon that will hopefully embrace comic book games.
Marvel’s The Avengers is already available on the Nintendo Switch, while there are rumors surrounding Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 release on the new console. Then we must consider the upcoming Microsoft Scorpio, the 4K-ready Xbox which is sure to host a number comic book games after its release.
Needless to say, we love these trends and we absolutely cannot wait to see how they develop over the coming years. We just hope that more characters get the games they deserve. What do you think?