Deadpool The Game
When an email from the red lycra wearing, muscular merc with a mouth Deadpool landed in the SFL inbox this week, not only did we get an inexplicable hunger for chimichangas but got a teensy bit excited about the fact that Marvel’s disfigured, butt-kicking, mentally unhinged, anti-hero is getting his own game.
As the new, self-appointed Head of High Moon Studios, and Supreme Commander of PR, Marketing, Legal, and just about everything he wants to be in charge of at Activision Publishing, Inc., Deadpool certainly has charmed/coerced/threatened some very talented people to help him make his game and we expect him to talk to himself and/or to the player about his game, during the game, a lot. “What can I say; I have skills! (You know who else has skills?) High Moon Studios has skills, and I ‘hired’ Peter Della Penna and his physically embarrassing team to make my game, because they’re awesome, and so am I. But they’re not as awesome as I am, if that’s what you’ve heard. (Who’d you hear that from?) (Wait, listen…you smell something?)”
The fact that High Moon Studios is just across the border from Mexico was probably a deal clincher, though having done an excellent job on Transformers: The War For Cybertron, their success at translating iconic, successful and larger than life characters into videogame goodness means Deadpool the Game is already in good hands. Also on the team is Deadpool and Wolverine: Origins author Daniel Way. There’s no plot revealed yet but considering in his comic past Deadpool has been brutally tortured in various institutions, scrapped with Wolverine more times than we’ve had hot dinners, held the Queen of England hostage and saved entire planets out in space, the mind boggles as to what his next escapade will be. However, he does reveal; “With the cashola I ‘borrowed’ (ha!!! riiight… ‘borrowed’) from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) (blah blah blah), and some of the big cheeses (mmmmm… cheeeeese) from Marvel Entertainment, my DEADPOOL game will feature all of my favourite things – katanas (check), big guns (and not just these amazing arm muscles) (check), crazy poop-your-pants action (check), hot chicks (check), maybe some of my X-MEN™ friends (well, depending on what they’re wearing), burritos, bouncy houses and of course ME!!! (check) (check) and check!”
Despite his rather unstable state of mind and violent tendencies, having superhuman regenerative healing powers combined with his deadly master assassin status makes Deadpool one tough cookie. There might be loads of ass-kicking in the trailer but we doubt player’s will ‘die’ very often, in the traditional gaming sense. Breaking the fourth wall is also something not often explored in videogames and we can also expect a lively vocal performance. Having previously been described as sounding like a mixture of gasoline and gravel, Deadpool sounds very much like videogame star Nolan North (who lent his vocal skills to the character in the animated film Hulk Vs Wolverine)…
Whatever arrives in 2013, Deadpool the Game should prove to be one crazy, sweary, volatile experience. Deadpool will also be part of the brand new, free-to-play Marvel Heroes MMORPG line up as a playable character. For now, you can see more of the game starring “The awesome-ing-ist Super Hero ever known to man… (and woman, if you know what we’re sayin’) – yours truly, ME – DEADPOOL!” on his Facebook page or website.