Bethesda Softworks, Arkane Studios Lyon, Marvel Games have announced Marvel’s Blade, a “mature, single-player, third-person game” with an original story based on the comic book hero Blade. Platforms and a release date were not announced. Development has only just begun.
“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 Marvel Games vice president and creative director Bill Rosemann in a press release. “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.”
Arkane Studios Lyon game director Dinga Bakaba added, “As a kid of mixed origins, I felt a special connection to Blade—a hero with a dual heritage himself. 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, as he becomes the champion of my hometown of Paris, one stake at a time.”
Marvel’s Blade will be set in a quarantined section of Paris in the middle of a supernatural emergency. Vampires have emerged, terrorizing the city of lights and forcing Parisians to shelter inside their homes at night to wait for sunrise.
“From his trench coat to his iconic sunglasses, Blade is a slick, stylish, and driven character,” said Arkane Studios Lyon co-creative and art director Sebastien Mitton. “This project is the perfect opportunity to push Arkane’s art style into an even more modern and bold territory. The essence of our work lives at the junction of impactful ideas and innovative know-how.”
Watch the announcement trailer below.