The restructuring of DC has begun. Yesterday, James Gunn, co-CEO of DC Studios, presented the future of the production company in terms of movies and series. However, an important point, and about which little is being said, is that DC games will also play a significant role in Gunn’s vision.
Although the development of DC games is the responsibility of another division, specifically Warner Bros. Games, it does not mean that James Gunn does not have some kind of interference. The creative knows very well that, in order to create a successful universe, it is necessary that all his works are connected to each other. This strategy also contemplates video games and even animated series.
“The DC Extended Universe is connected in film, television, games, and animation,” James Gunn stated (via VGC). Even more interesting, he revealed that the actors of the next DC games will be the same as the movies and series, thus achieving greater coherence throughout the universe. “The characters are consistent, played by the same actors, and they work within the same story,” he added.
Undoubtedly, it is an unusual bet in the entertainment sector. Although today there are multiple adaptations of video games, there are few cases in which the actors repeat their role in both worlds. Without going any further, in The Last of UsMerle Dandridge is the only one who plays the same character (Marlene) in both the game and the series.
This topic will also be especially relevant for the actors who join the renewed Extended Universe. Now they know that His work will not be limited to acting in movies and seriesthey will also have to do it in DC games.
Also, as the new movies and series are released, we will have an idea of which productions will have space in DC games. At the moment, yes, James Gunn did not advance if there is already a project in development.
DC games come from setbacks
Warner Bros. Games comes from a somewhat bittersweet experience. Gotham Knightshis most recent release within DC games, did not meet expectations. Not only in the question of sales, nor in the analysis of the press. The criticisms focused mainly on the poor performance of the title on consoles. Despite being developed exclusively for the current generation, it only offered a 30 FPS mode, which angered the community.
The next DC game that will try its luck will be suicide squad. Its development is in charge of Rocksteady, a studio widely recognized for its extraordinary work with the saga. batman arkham. Although there was a lot of hope about this project, especially because of the team behind it, doubts began to arise in recent weeks. Why? A leaked image exposed a system of microtransactionswhich anticipated a possible commitment to games as a service.
However, Rocksteady came out to calm the waters. They clarified that, although suicide squad It will have micropayments, it is only to offer cosmetic items for the characters.
The next DC games, then, will have to be very careful about the business models they intend to explore. The failure of Marvel’s Avengers It has already shown that the public does not want to know anything about services or battle passes. On the contrary, Marvel’s Spider-Man Y Guardians of the Galaxywho propose a single player experiencewere received positively.