We thought we couldn’t be more excited about Spider-Man: Miles Morales until Game Informer went and released a new gameplay video that showcases Spider-Cat in action. We’re not going to lie, the following story is very cute.
It seems that at some point during his adventure, Miles Morales will be tasked with rescuing a local bodega cat who, for unknown reasons we won’t pry into in accordance with the laws that dictate our ability to interfere with the business of bodega cats, has found himself trapped in a warehouse full of thugs. In any case, Morales soon dispatches of the cat threatening fiends and escorts the cat in a backpack to safety.
It’s then that we learn that this cat’s name is Spider-Man and that he resides at a local bodega where the man behind the counter welcomes him back warmly. The man goes so far as to suggest that Miles Morales is the “other” Spider-Man in relation to the cat (which is harsh, but understandable) but offers Morales a much-appreciated fist bump in exchange for the cat’s safe return.
Now, if the story ended there, we’d simply write this off as a cute example of how Insomniac seems to be having a lot of fun with Spider-Man: Miles Morales and that the game’s status as something between a sequel and a DLC expansion likely won’t hinder its ability to offer a truly compelling experience. Remarkably, though, the adventures of Spider-Cat do not end there.
The gameplay video ends with a tease that one of the special suits you’ll be able to acquire during the game allows you to carry Spider-Cat (who is now wearing a tiny Spider-Man mask) in a backpack. Again, that would usually be good enough, but the tail end of this footage goes so far as to suggest that you’ll be able to use Spider-Cat as an ally during combat sequences:
Now, we would never go so far as to suggest that such a feature is reason enough to buy a game, but at the same time, this really is another example of how Miles Morales is shaping up to be one of the most purely enjoyable games of the year.
We would also never go so far as to suggest that a humble bodega cat should be the star of Insomniac’s next game, but we certainly wouldn’t turn down a Miles Morales DLC designed around that exact premise.