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On a latest earnings name, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav waxed lyrical in regards to the ongoing success of Hogwarts Legacy, earlier than occurring to debate this within the context of James Gunn’s upcoming Superman movie. The film, Superman Legacy, has somewhat brutally dumped everybody’s favorite super-geek Henry Cavill and is meant as a reboot of the character.

The purpose Zaslav’s making is that video games are actually as large if not larger than the extra conventional film avenues for the likes of Harry Potter. “The actual differentiator for us as an organization is that we personal our IP,” stated Zaslav (thanks, Tweaktown). “We often is the solely media firm that owns, whether or not it’s the DC universe, Harry Potter, all of the content material that we personal, Game of Thrones, that is for us to deploy. I believe that is notably vital strategically.”

Zaslav went on to stipulate simply what successful the game has been: “Hogwarts Legacy has amassed greater than $1 billion in retail gross sales and over 15 million models bought worldwide to this point, and at the moment the crew is launching the game on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.”

There’s then an incredible second as an organization govt makes an attempt to clarify why one thing like Hogwarts Legacy appeals to gamers. “In the event you have a look at Hogwarts Legacy, a giant piece of the success of that game is that you just go into it,” stated Zaslav. “In the event you’re a participant, you go into that game and also you’re in that world. That is sort of a brand new idea. Earlier than it was gaming and it was storytelling, and now… it’s totally obscure what the definition of the metaverse is.”

Nicely he received that right. Zaslav then went on to place Hogwarts Legacy within the context of the opposite large names that Warner Bros. owns and, whereas he did not explicitly say ‘we’re going to make an open-world Superman game’, see what you make of this.

“After we launch a product on Max or HBO, and when we’ve got a game, that game belongs to us, however now there’s this in-betweener,” stated Zaslav. “It might be within the subsequent couple of years that we launch a Superman film and… individuals spend extra time and there is extra economics of individuals simply hanging out within the Superman world and universe.”

There’s little data on Superman Legacy past the projected 2025 launch date, although many appear to assume it will be some kind of riff on the (wonderful) All-Star Superman comics. There have been unofficial Superman video games over latest occasions, in addition to an eye catching demo that put a Superman-like character within the Unreal Engine 5’s Matrix showcase, but it surely’s honest to say that the Man of Metal has by no means actually been carried out justice in video games. The prospect of an open world with Superman in it’s mouth-watering (an open planet?!?) however, as anybody who’s performed EA’s Superman Returns will let you know, an incredible idea doesn’t all the time an incredible game make.

“The truth that we personal all of that’s one thing that I believe goes to be actually vital as we glance ahead,” Zaslav ended. “As expertise develops, and given the period of time that individuals spend on gaming, we do not need to be within the movement image and longform storytelling enterprise and have any person else within the enterprise of hanging out in these worlds. These worlds are going to be fairly worthwhile within the years forward.”

Hey, Zaslav: give me an open world Superman that even will get near the standard stage of an Arkham game, and you’ll take my cash.