Developer Insomniac will return to the Spider-Man universe with the recently revealed Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales for the PlayStation 5. As the title suggests, the game will center on Miles Morales.
While the messaging was a bit confusing at first regarding whether this was a sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man or an expansion for the game, Insomniac has clarified that the game is a standalone title.
“The latest adventure in the Spider-Man universe will build on and expand Marvel’s Spider-Man through an all-new story,” reads the expansion’s description in a PlayStation blog. “Players will experience the rise of Miles Morales as he masters new powers to become his own Spider-Man.”
Brian Horton, Insomniac Games creative director, said in a separate blog post that the studio felt that the origin story of a character as important as Miles “needed its own game.”
“Miles’s multicultural background reflects a more modern, diverse world and we wanted to give players a new story, with new set-pieces, fresh villains, and unique quests across Marvel’s New York City,” Horton continued.
Horton described the game as a “full story arc with Miles, one that’s more akin to a game like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in terms of overall scope.” That means fans shouldn’t expect a game quite as big as Peter Parker’s PS4 adventure this time around. The size of the standalone game sits between an expansion and a traditional full release.
“Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an important, heartfelt, emotional, and essential experience to expanding the Marvel’s Spider-Man universe. And we hope it will be for you as well,” Horton said.
In a blog post after the initial reveal, Sony boasted about how the PS5’s tech, which includes the much-talked-about SSD that is said to be a game-changer that virtually eliminates load times, as well as the new DualSense controller, will vastly improve the Spider-Man experience.
“With PS5’s ultra-fast SSD, players can near-instantaneously fast-travel across Marvel’s New York City, or feel the tension of each one of Miles’s web-swings, punches, web shots, and venom blasts with the DualSense wireless controller’s haptic feedback. Highly-detailed character models and enhanced visuals across the game intensify the story of Miles Morales as he faces great, new challenges while learning to be his own Spider-Man.”
Horton also promised that 3D audio, the powerful SSD, and other major improvements would make this a very exciting release on the PS5.
“Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales will show off near-instant loading, ray-tracing, 3D audio, and the DualSense controller. We’ve upgraded our characters with 4D scans and improved skin shading for more realistic looking characters and spline-based hair that moves far more naturally. Many of the city’s assets have also been updated to take advantage of the new console. As you experience Miles’s story, you’ll see, hear, and feel things in a whole new way, all thanks to PS5.”
Here’s everything else you need to know about the game:
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Release Date
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is set to release in Holiday 2020. The game is coming exclusively to the PlayStation 5.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Trailer
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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Story
Horton teased also teased some elements about the story without going into spoilers. It sounds like Miles will be facing off against a new menace threatening his home.
“It’s now wintertime, about a year after the events of the first game,” Horton explained. “Marvel’s New York is covered in snow, and just before Christmas break, a war between an energy corporation and a high-tech criminal army has broken out. Miles’s new home in Harlem is at the heart of the battle.”
But where is Peter Parker? Horton said that Peter “is OK. Don’t worry, we still have much of Peter’s story left to tell. But this game is all about Miles, a critical part of our Spider-Man universe, and you won’t want to miss what happens.”
If pressed to speculate, we’d guess that Insomniac is saving the Spider-Man 2 name (if the studio ever actually uses that designation) for a continuation of Peter Parker’s Spider-Man story. As such, we’re not entirely sure if some of the cliffhangers at the end of Spider-Man PS4 will be addressed here since this sounds more like a side-story for Miles, a way to help build his character within the context of the fairly unique Spider-Man timeline that Insomniac has created.
So while this will be a smaller story in comparison to a theoretical Spider-Man sequel we’ll get further into the lifespan of the PS5, the quality of Spider-Man for PS4 and developer Insomniac’s track record fills us with confidence regarding this expansion. Besides, many of us were not-so-secretly hoping that Miles would be the star of Insomniac’s next Spider-Man adventure.
We’ll bring you more information on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales as it becomes available.