I love it when a bit of internet rumor is instantly squashed by the powers that be, don’t you? This time it’s against a Blade game that Ubisoft definitely doesn’t do. Rumors started circulating online yesterday when a YouTuber posted a video speculating about possible games that will be featured at the Disney and Marvel Games Showcase taking place next month. Ubisoft made a game based on Marvel’s sword-wielding vampire blade, and because the internet is the internet, everyone went wild. Today, however, Ubisoft has already killed the rumor mill in one Tweeter.
YouTuber JorRaptor’s initial video wasn’t just pulling stuff out of thin air, mind. From the looks of things, it all comes down to a three-week-old Instagram post by actor Edwin Gaffney, who posted a photo of himself and fellow actor Alex Martin in a mocap suit holding what appears to be a sword. The caption reads:
“It’s over! 🎬✨It’s always a pleasure to work on great projects, but what makes it even better is working with great people! Thank you @alexmartin.am for the talent and the energy you bring to the set you rip! 🤜🏾🤛 🏾 #artist #action #actorslife #actor #mocap #performancecapture #acting #actinglife #ubisoft #ubisoftgames”
There’s also a second photo of them in that same post holding a clapperboard with “Marvel” written on it, along with “B Tariq” listed as the director – which, on the face of it, could quite easily be read as Bassam Tariq, who is indeed set to direct the next Blade movie starring Mahershala Ali. Badda bing, badda boom, right?
Alas no. Ubisoft tweeted from their main account today saying, “Sorry to sever rumours, we don’t make Blade games.”
Sorry to sever the rumours, we don’t make Blade games but we can’t wait to see what our friends from @MarvelStudios preparing for next year’s film!
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) August 22, 2022
God knows what Gaffney’s various Ubisoft beacons were then, but there you go. Instead, it looks like the only Blade game we’ll be playing soon is Marvel’s Midnight Suns, which is being made by XCOM studio Firaxis and was recently delayed to early next year. The strategy RPG features a number of well-known Marvel supes, including Blade, who runs the Midnight Suns’ gym/training grounds. He’s also a very capable fighter and became one of my favorites in my preview of Marvel’s Midnight Suns.
Who knows, we might still see something Blade-related at the Disney and Marvel showcase on September 9, but it won’t be anything Ubisoft does.