Since the inception of superheroes in comic books, the genre has expanded into all viable media. There are countless movies based on the Marvel and DC Universe adapted from comic books. The gaming industry boom has spawned a few superhero games, but an open-world Iron Man game remains to be seen. Either way, the entire superhero genre remains largely untouched in the gaming sphere.
Open-world superhero games are rare due to the complex development process, and major studios are hesitant to embrace the idea due to myriad complications. Not to say that there haven’t been successful superhero games. Spiderman titles on PS4 and PS5 peaked remarkably on the charts. Likewise, in the past, there have been engaging superhero titles.
Perhaps in this next-gen era, major studios will take it upon themselves to create superhero titles. For now, hobbyists have been trying to make superhero demos to show the untapped potential. One such example is the Superman demo created in Unreal Engine 5, which revealed the possibilities of modern game engines. Now another fan has come forward with an Unreal Engine 5 Iron Man demo that consists of a few mixed assets.
The 3 minute video of Aaron Wayne Morse shows the phenomenal shot to bring out the surreal feel of Iron Man taking off and soaring across horizons. The flying feel and sound effects add to the appeal of the demo. Superhero games lack the feel of fast flying speeds, so seeing a demo perform the hero breaking the sound barrier is very enjoyable.
Iron Man’s takeoff and landing doesn’t fit the character precisely, as some have pointed out, but the Passion Project made it work well. In addition, the project is very expensive in terms of material, which is understandable. Fast flight speeds are a big reason for high frame drops, and it’s not very optimized. Recommended specs and download link are listed in the video description.
The demo was also criticized for looking like an Iron Man skin slapped on the Matrix demo. Either way, it’s just a hobby project in the alpha demo stage, but the developer said they may continue to work on it over time. Hopefully a major studio will explore the idea of making an Iron Man game after coming across this demo. What do you think of the demo? Let us know in the comments below.
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