Bethesda And Marvel Announce BLADE Video Game At The Game Awards; PS5 Owners Fear It Will Be XBox Exclusive

Bethesda And Marvel Announce BLADE Video Game At The Game Awards; PS5 Owners Fear It Will Be  XBox Exclusive Bethesda And Marvel Announce BLADE Video Game At The Game Awards; PS5 Owners Fear It Will Be  XBox Exclusive

Although no one anticipated that a Blade video game would be revealed at The Game Awards, Bethesda and Arkane Lyon have been developing  the project for quite some time.

By MarkJulian - Dec 08, 2023 09:12 AM EST
Filed Under: Blade

The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Starfield developer Bethesda is collaborating with fellow ZeniMax subsidiary Arkane Lyon (Death Loop) on an upcoming video game that will star Blade, a half-human/half-vampire superhero from Marvel Comics.

The project was unveiled at last night's Game Awards and was something that no one had on their bingo card. Check out the debut trailer below.

The game will be a single-player action title with a narrative focus, told from the third-person camera perspective. The game will be an original narrative rather than take inspriation from any specific Marvel Comics plot. The game's "likely" Mature rating is confirmed by the teaser trailer.

Gamers will recall that Microsoft spent $7.5 billion to acquire Bethesda Softworks back in 2021 and the studio has already released several Xbox exclusives, including Hi-Fi Rush, Redfall, and Starfield. Upcoming titles The Elder Scrolls VI, Fallout 5 and an Untitled Indiana Jones game are all expected to be Xbox exclusives, as well.

Naturally, owners of PlayStation consoles are concerned that Blade will follow suit. However, we'll caution that nothing has been confirmed regarding exclusivity.

Nevertheless, the project's announcement was a big shock to the audience and those watching online. You can check out the audience's reaction below.

"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 via 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.

In that same press release, Dinga Bakaba, Game Director at Arkane Lyon 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."

 Sebastien Mitton, Co-Creative and Art Director, Arkane Lyon also chimed in, "From his trench coat to his iconic sunglasses, Blade is a slick, stylish, and driven character. 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."

About Marvel's Blade
In Marvel’s Blade, Eric Brooks is the legendary Daywalker, half-man, half-vampire torn between the warm society of the living and the rushing power of the undead. From Bethesda and Arkane Lyon, the studio that brought you Dishonored and “DEATHLOOP”, Marvel’s Blade is a mature, single-player, third-person game set in the heart of Paris, now in development in collaboration with Marvel Games.

Marvel’s Blade game will take players to 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. 

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Doomsday8888 - 12/8/2023, 9:32 AM
If it's XBox exclusive then they can keep it. :)
OmegaDaGrodd - 12/8/2023, 9:32 AM
Very interested in this. Love the Dishonored franchise, but not sure I've seen them do third person before so this could be cool
FlopWatchers5 - 12/8/2023, 9:32 AM
he need some sauce lol
GhostDog - 12/8/2023, 9:32 AM
Deathloop was fun as hell. I’m in.
BigDriggs - 12/8/2023, 2:37 PM
@GhostDog - yes! I quite enjoyed deathloop
GhostDog - 12/8/2023, 4:09 PM
@BigDriggs - perfect fun after a long week of work that games was
Order66 - 12/8/2023, 9:40 AM
F that. It better be on PS as well.
MosquitoFarmer - 12/8/2023, 9:41 AM
If anyone's fear is XBox exclusive content, I'm sorry but that's a weird problem.
RegularPoochie - 12/9/2023, 3:28 AM
@MosquitoFarmer - it is. Also at this point we don't even know if it's exclusive.
MaxPaint - 12/8/2023, 9:41 AM
I'll keep this one on the radar since Arkane Studios always delivers in gameplay and art direction, but not so much in graphics.

Th3Batman - 12/8/2023, 9:44 AM
Of course it'll be an X-Box/PC exclusive, as it should be. If this game happens to be good, which I hope it will be, then I'll gladly get a series S for it.
UniqNo - 12/8/2023, 9:49 AM
Well...i guess PS5 will always have Spider-Man.

Trailer doesn't show much of the game itself though. I dunno why but i see it beING akin to DMC,the DMC reboot
Ryguy88 - 12/8/2023, 3:42 PM
@UniqNo - and Wolverine next year
bobevanz - 12/8/2023, 9:50 AM
It is exclusive to Xbox.. who cares I have both lol
Eagles0589 - 12/8/2023, 12:54 PM
@bobevanz - I’m fortunate to have both also. I only bought a PS5 for Spider-Man. I prefer to controller layout on the Xbox so much better. This will never happen, but it would be great that there would be a set amount of years where console exclusive games could be released on different consoles. I’d say like 5 years because by then the current consoles would typically be on their last legs anyway.
RegularPoochie - 12/9/2023, 3:32 AM
@bobevanz - same, but looks like it isn't at this point
PC04 - 12/8/2023, 9:51 AM
Please be good!
Blergh - 12/8/2023, 9:51 AM
Arkane is a great studio so I've got hopes in this, just hope Bethesda doesn't push them to repeat Redfall levels of trash.
MyCoolYoung - 12/8/2023, 9:56 AM
There's been no Xbox exclusive that's piqued my interest since like the Xbox 360, but if this Is good

supermanrex - 12/8/2023, 9:58 AM
shit will only be exclusive for like a year if it is they not going to ignore that whole other side of the gaming player base to make money from. xbox will pay them handsomely to hold off before throwing it on ps5 to rake in more dough.
nonserviam - 12/8/2023, 10:24 AM
@supermanrex - Xbox doesn't have to pay anybody anything, they own Bethesda. Console exclusives aren't new. Microsoft will be content with people buying it for Xbox and PC alone.
supermanrex - 12/8/2023, 5:36 PM
@nonserviam - they wont be content. way more player base on the ps5 side than PC. they will do as they do for COD and release for both. if they do exclusive it will be exclusive with a delayed ps5 release they reveal later. if they want to maximize profit you dont cut off a consumer base from the jump. you release for all platforms.
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