Despite being a relatively popular comic book character and the subject of multiple modern cinematic projects, Marvel’s Daredevil has not really been the subject of a major video game yet. And even if this superhero had his own video game, could a Daredevil VR game work?
Perhaps the most notable appearances by the blind crime fighter in video games have been in Marvel’s recent lineup of mobile games, including titles like Contest Of Champions and Future Fight. They bring together huge collections of Marvel heroes and villains for players to control, and Daredevil appears in both. In fact, he even has multiple skins within them and was a focal point around the time of the release of the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil series earlier this year.
Elsewhere, Daredevil has appeared in his own themed slot machine game that uses the character’s image and typical setting to create an atmosphere. A dark and ominous background and fitting soundtrack surround a slot reel stocked with pictures of Daredevil’s signature weapons and infamous comic characters like Bullseye. It’s a different sort of game and not one that allows you to actually control Daredevil in any sort of action, but it’s still a fun concept for fans.
But a full-fledged Daredevil video game has thus far eluded fans. Recently, an amusing joke was circulating on the Internet, as users on Imgur and Reddit claimed that a first-person Daredevil VR game was in the works—and posted blank black images as evidence. The joke, of course, is that Daredevil is blind, and a first-person VR game in which a player controlled the hero would theoretically look like nothing. But when you stop and think about it for a second, you actually have to wonder: would a Daredevil virtual reality game work?
The general idea is that it would be a less than traditional video game. While the Daredevil VR game idea mentioned above was a joke, it actually does make a valid point that at least a first-person Daredevil VR game doesn’t make much sense (third-person does, though). On the other hand, some of the simpler VR games coming out function more like mobile experiences than traditional console video games, and in mobile gaming there’s some precedent for games for the blind. For instance, if you haven’t heard of A Blind Legend, it’s a mobile/Steam game that operates entirely without visuals. You play as a blind knight who’s guided through various obstacles and dangers only by sound, and it works surprisingly well!
However, if you look in the comments below the aforementioned joke image, one user made an interesting point that Daredevil, at least in the Marvel/Netflix series, does see in a way. The character describes what he sees as a “world on fire.” His heightened senses allow him to create an internal visual of the world around him. If a VR developer could approximate that, it might be a very cool experience for fans of the show or character.
A major, extensive game based on Daredevil seems pretty unlikely for VR, unless it’s a third-person adventure. But ideas like these could make for nice smaller experiences—apps, perhaps, for VR devices. Then again, there are rumours that Marvel is actually developing a Daredevil game, so we probably shouldn’t write off a larger console or VR experience just yet!