The makers of the best Lord of the Rings games ever is creating a Wonder Woman game, and that fact in itself has us excited already. Revealed at The Game Awards 2021, publisher WB Games announced that it was creating a "single-player open-world action" experience about one of DC's most beloved heroines. What's more, it will "introduce an original story set in the DC Universe" - so this will be no movie adaptation.
Sad as it is that Gal Gadot won't be anywhere in sight, it does give us as the player a lot more leeway in how Wonder Woman's story unfolds. According to the publsiher, the game will give us full reign to "become Diana of Themyscira in the fight to unite her Amazon family and the humans from the modern world." Sounds pretty badass, if you ask me.
There's even word that the new Wonder Woman game might have branching narratives, giving Monolith's compelling Nemesis system another hurrah. Narrative director Tony Elias posted a tweet earlier this year, hinting at its signature vengeance and retribution gameplay system might resurface to shape each players' game, reacting to the choices and enemies you make. In the request for a senior writer to join development, the job listing mentions "procedural content", which includes "procedural conversations" and "procedural dialogue".
There isn't much else to go on at the moment, but for now, here's everything we know so far about the new Wonder Woman game in these early stages of development.
Wonder Woman game release date
There is no Wonder Woman game release date as of yet. It was announced in December 2021 at The Game Awards, and all we know is that it's currently in production. Right now, it's looking likely that Wonder Woman will line-up alongside Rocksteady's Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League as key games in the publisher's portfolio for 2024 and beyond.
Wonder Woman game trailer
The Wonder Woman game trailer is more audio than video, but we can glean some clues from it. In the trailer, we hear Diana's mother Hippolyta say “my daughter, a new threat comes to our shores and I must call you home.” Based on this we know that Wonder Woman has left her hidden home island Themyscira and lives in regular society without her Amazonian family.
It certainly seems as if Diana has been doing some superhero deeds in the regular world and her skills are needed to help her mother and her sisters back home.
Wonder Woman game story and gameplay
Much like Middle-earth: Shadow of War and Shadow of Mordor, Monolith's upcoming Wonder Woman game will be a "single-player open-world action game". The studio has only teased details of the story out so far, although we do know that this will be an original story set in the DC Universe – rather than one which actively draws from the best Wonder Woman stories from the comics, or a piece of the broader Arkham-Verse which many of Warner Bros. games are set in.
We also know that the Wonder Woman game will "allow players to become Diana of Themyscira in the fight to unite her Amazon family and the humans from the modern world."
As far as gameplay goes, Monolith has recently amped up its hiring, and job listings suggest it's working full-tilt on a third-person action-adventure game – which is exactly what we'd hope to see from a Wonder Woman experience.
Wonder Woman Nemesis system
As Wonder Woman is in development from Monolith, the studio behind Middle-earth: Shadow of War, fans were wondering if the game would use its widely popular Nemesis system. Happily, it's been confirmed that the Wonder Woman game will use the Nemesis system, which should have interesting implications for gameplay.
The Nemesis system mechanic allows players to influence the game's narrative in unique ways. Enemies will evolve and develop based on your actions, which means even the gruntiest grunt can work it's way up enemy ranks and become, well, your nemesis. In Middle-earth Shadow of War, orcs would get promoted if they killed you, and they'd challenge each other to fight tot he death in order to try and climb the ranks higher.
It's unclear how this system will be used in Wonder Woman, but it certainly makes things interesting.