The reveal of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was a very welcome surprise during Sony’s PlayStation 5 event in June. The standalone game will not only explore Miles Morales’ origin story further but also show how he’s grown as a superhero.
“The latest adventure in the Spider-Man universe will build on and expand Marvel’s Spider-Man through an all-new story,” Sony said about the standalone game in a blog post published right after the reveal. “Players will experience the rise of Miles Morales as he masters new powers to become his own Spider-Man.”
Now, Horton has fleshed out some of the story details further, teasing what players should expect from Miles’ new superhero adventure. 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.
Horton teased also teased the enemies that Miles will face in the game. 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.