Our inspirations behind Black Panther’s outfits in the War for Wakanda expansion – PlayStation.Blog
Black Panther has been an iconic character in the Marvel universe for more than 50 years, first debuting in comics in 1966. With so much history in one character, there were endless avenues our team could have followed to create the version of Marvel’s Avengers. from Black Panther and their diverse collection of outfits. We would like to take a moment to discuss the creation of T’Challa’s appearance and our thought process behind it.
Iconic suit – Let’s start with an original Crystal Dynamics skin and the outfit you’ll start with in the Expansion. In creating this outfit, we paired Black Panther’s classic imagery and silhouette with the full hood and armbands with the more modern and functional aspects of his look that many fans have grown accustomed to over the years. We used these two aspects of the Black Panther story and subjected them to what we call the “Glass Lens” to create a suit that could be more realistically made with materials and construction methods, but also set in the fantastic where it is. a one-of-a-kind creation just for T’Challa.
We took the classic bracelets on his forearms and turned them into bracelets that Black Panther can use to defend himself. We also wanted to include the shield in the center of his chest to denote that iconic feeling that he is the Black Panther and to give him a visual property of that cloak. When it comes to the helmet, we were inspired to create a silhouette reminiscent of your first look in the comics, but on closer inspection, there is more structure; The eyes are not empty, they have a lens that means you are looking at your own HUD to once again mix the classic with the modern.
We also included some fine details in the outfit to make it more advanced and edgy by weaving Vibranium to reflect its ability to absorb energy. Our team built the mesh for the Iconic Outfit from scratch and used our material system to drive the way lighting reflects off the outfit’s multiple surfaces, be it carbon fiber, hard plastic, or original woven material. Players can get up close to the Iconic Outfit and see how much detail we put into the suit due to our material system.
One version of this iconic costume to be released is inspired by Black Panther’s secret guard, the Hatut Zeraze, who eventually became loyal mercenaries to Wakanda.
When our team was thinking about what other outfits to include with the War for Wakanda expansion, we wanted to offer a variety of various points from the more than 50-year history of the Black Panther comic. We also wanted to make sure each of them had a distinctive look that could be instantly recognized from a distance, whether on a screen or in game, so we went for bold options that stand out.
Most Dangerous Man Suit – Taken from the comics, this noir-style outfit was front and center when Kasper Cole, who first appeared in Black Panther # 50 (2002), briefly assumed the mantle of Black Panther in New York City. Kasper thought wearing the outfit would give her an advantage, especially with the coat on top.
Damisa-Sarki Costume – With “Introducing the sensational Black Panther!” On the cover of the comic showing how Jack Kirby first envisioned Black Panther, our team knew we had to reinterpret it. The Damisa-Sarki outfit, which means “The Panther” in Wakandan, shows Black Panther in a short cape and the same attention to detail when it comes to the materials of the outfit. Black Panther has worn a cape in many of their looks throughout comic book history, which is reflected in this outfit.
Royal legacy outfit – This is an outfit taken from the iconic Black Panther comic series. We wanted to include an outfit that paid tribute to the ancient culture of Wakanda. We worked with Marvel to ensure proper care was given to all T’Challa outfits.
That is all for now! We hope you enjoyed reading about our process of creating the many Black Panther outfits and how inspired we are by its vast history. Our team put a lot of heart and soul into ensuring that Black Panther and Wakanda had a visual identity that was instantly recognizable by Black Panther fans, but also one to which we could add a touch of Crystal Dynamics. We are always creating new outfits for Marvel’s Avengers and will continue to create more for Black Panther. Be on the lookout for them!