Call it what you want, but Chad Stahelski’s epic four-movie action series, which we all know as the John Wick franchise, has truly delivered as an enthralling watch, setting the bar for how action movies should be made. Stahelski’s work is impressive, but what more could be done to extend the John Wick legacy?
To start off, the idea of a fifth movie in the franchise is already on the books as it is currently being developed, but there’s a lot more that you can add to a franchise with so much potential. If you’re guessing, Lionsgate has big plans for a video game based on the franchise, so fans better start saving $60 from now on!
John Wick Might Get A Video Game Adaptation
There has been a lot of effort put into the Keanu Reeves-led John Wick franchise ever since the release of the first movie back in 2014. We’ve had two extra sequels already come out to rave reviews, with the fourth installment currently on its way for a theatrical release next year.
There have also been spinoffs, like the Ana de Armas-led movie called Ballerina also in development. Crossovers with Charlize Theron’s Atomic Blonde character have also been discussed too, and fans have also been treated to a comic book mini-series in 2017!
But these are all pieces of media you can watch/read, not actively interact with. Cue a video game adaptation, of which we already have the VR game John Wick Chronicles as well as the tactical role-playing game John Wick Hex.
However, a bigger step into the video game industry for the franchise would be to produce a triple-A game based on the franchise, and to be more ambitious, an open-world game!
A triple-A open-world John Wick video game sounds pretty good, right? Well, that’s exactly what was discussed during a Lionsgate earnings call today, with CEO Jon Feltheimer discussing proposals for the same.
According to a report by IndieWire, Feltheimer had this to say about the whole thing-
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself here, but we believe there is a big AAA game to be made out of ‘John Wick.'”
“We have been fielding proposals. We certainly are interested in moving that forward, but I don’t want to say anything more about that at this time.”
An open-world video game generally requires a stacked computer (or one that’s compatible enough to run modern AAA games) to have it run at a reasonable rate on your PC. So fans are going to have to worry about building a new powerhouse PC, or just watching the gameplay from YouTube.
Fans Have Already Curated Developers For The John Wick Video Game
When it comes to open-world games, there aren’t too many good video game developers in the industry. With notable French video-game company/developer Ubisoft and its recent titles declining in quality.
But to develop an open-world game for the John Wick franchise will require a lot of work, and there have already been a select few developers that fans have curated to bring to life the anticipated triple-AAA title-
Not even a discussion. pic.twitter.com/QsZ10sYV15
— SliGoup (@SliGoup_) November 5, 2022
Marvel’s Spider-Man was like an arcade-ish open-world game, so why not?-
Between these two honestly. pic.twitter.com/p1YRUI3dal
— Young special🇨🇴 (@RiascosJacob) November 5, 2022
Something like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt?
Honestly if done correctly and not rushed
And given 100% full attention to development I think this work well pic.twitter.com/ZjFe9C3HvH
— Sora Hikari (@SoraHikari13) November 5, 2022
To be honest, Bethesda’s open-world games aren’t built for action-
this man and this man alone pic.twitter.com/NmF3I4tPRd
— Xander Dawn (@Xander_DawnSN) November 5, 2022
All bets on the creators of Last of Us! –
Naughty Dog is the only studio I can trust for a JOHN WICK game.
— HeyoPlays (@heyoplays) November 5, 2022
While all these options are lucrative, Lionsgate will have to carefully pick one that can preserve the action-packed nature of the John Wick franchise while also making it an interesting open-world game.
John Wick: Chapter 4 is slated for a theatrical release on March 24, 2023, in the United States.