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Microsoft Claims Insomniac Wolverine Game Set for 2023 Release


In a regulatory filing made earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that it expects Insomniac's Wolverine game to arrive in 2023 (H/T Tech4Gamers).

Insomniac first announced development on a Wolverine game during a PlayStation Showcase event in September 2021. The announcement came alongside that for the sequel to its 2018 Spider-Man game, which Insomniac said would arrive in 2023. At the time, the studio said the Wolverine game was "very early in development," and did not provide a release window.

Microsoft's claim appeared in a filing it made to the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority as part of the regulatory body's investigation into Microsoft's planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard. It appears in a section in which Microsoft describes Sony's market position.

"PlayStation also has a spate of first- and third-party exclusive titles lined up for launch in 2023, including Spider-Man 2, Wolverine, Horizon, Final Fantasy XVI and Forspoken."

It's not clear that Microsoft has inside information, or if the claim was made in error, but either way, it's important to remember Microsoft is incentivized to describe its competitors' positions as advantageous so as to cast its looming acquisition as unlikely to stifle competition.

No comment has yet been made on the claim by Microsoft, Sony or Insomniac.