While it’s still not entirely clear what Hope’s true powers are, it’s beginning to look more and more like she’ll be evolving into the newest iteration of the Phoenix. The current story arc of Uncanny X-Men, “The Five Lights,” has Hope going around seeking out five new mutants who showed up on Cerebra immediately after she first utilized her powers to decimate Bastion. These new “mutants” seem to be unable to evolve until Hope physically touches them. Basically, not only is Hope endowed with some of the most physically intimidating powers in the Marvel U, but she acts as a catalyst for the rebirth of the mutant race as well.
Silicon Knights, meet Hope Summers.
If you know anything about Silicon Knights, you know that their last game wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Too Human was, by most accounts, a failure and lacked the critical success of past Knight’s titles like Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen and cult-favorite, Eternal Darkness. If you look at the release date of Too Human, you'll notice that it was August 2008, and somewhat coincides with the timeline of Hope really beginning to pick up. Moreover, it was in February 2008 that Silicon Knights was awarded a grant of $1 Million by the Ontario Media Development Corporation to develop a "third-person action/psychological thriller" due out in 2010.
What I’m getting at is that comic timelines are planned out years in advance, and if Silicon Knights were working on a game revolving around Hope, they could have known about most of her abilities and history years before the general public. This would then allow them to craft a story about the aftermath of Hope’s emergence, which is what I think they may be doing.
Look Out DC Universe!
Watching the trailer, the pieces just seem to fall into place. At the very end you’ll see three silhouettes of mutants with a voice echoing “Not every mutant has the freedom to choose his path, but one mutant does: You.” I believe (given that fact that Hope activates stagnant, mutant powers) that X-Men: Destiny will be an MMO where players will design their mutant from the foot up and choose from number of preset powers that Hope will activate at the onset of the game. Think of it as a rags-to-riches MMO where your unknown mutant will rise from the ranks, working alongside some of the greatest X-Men heroes or villains to ever exist. I can’t see Marvel letting DC universe own the online space, and not only is X-Men: Destiny a way to reinvigorate interest of the X-Men, but it’s a way to familiarize people with Hope, who has become the major focus for the Uncanny timeline. Also, it’s a chance to do something above and beyond that lame Super Hero Squad MMO Marvel is doing.