(Pocket-lint) – Insomniac Games is clearly a safe pair of hands – its work with the Spider-Man franchise on PS4 and PS5 has earned it Marvel’s trust, from the looks of things.
After the stellar success of both Marvel’s Spider-Man and the expandalone Miles Morales game, there’s a full sequel on the way: Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. Here are all the key details you need to know.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 trailer and release date
Sony wowed the world when it dropped the above trailer for the next Spider-Man game during its showcase event in September 2021, an announcement that came relatively out of the blue (as much as we were assuming there’d be a sequel eventually.
Unlike some of the other trailers from that event, we actually got a timeline to anticipate, too – it ends with the date 2023. That means we know the game is still a long way off being released, but it also means we don’t need to go getting our hopes up about a more expedient date.
The in-game version of Venom’s motion capture actor is one Tony Todd, and he appeared to confirm in May 2022 that motion capture on the game was still ongoing, which lines up with the timeline we’re expecting.
In December 2022 a writer on the game accidentally updated her personal website to indicate that Spider-Man 2 will come out in “Fall 2023”, which gives us a bit more of a precise window, although nothing has been confirmed.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 platforms
While it cropped up during a stream dedicated to the PS5, a few other titles on show were actually destined for the PS4 as well, as cross-gen titles. So far, it would seem that Spider-Man 2 won’t be one of those – it’s been announced as an exclusive for the next-gen console.
However, given that Miles Morales sounded the same until closer to its release when its PS4 version was confirmed, we wouldn’t exactly die of surprise if it turned out that Spider-Man 2 will also make its way in a less graphically-impressive manner to the older hardware.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 story
The teaser trailer above is a fairly short one, but it’s enough to get a few key facts about the game’s story across. Just as the ending of Miles Morales made clear, there are now two Spider-Men in New York City – with Miles and Peter Parker working together to take down threats.
That’s for the best, too, since the trailer also reveals that Venom, one of Spidey’s most fearsome adversaries, is joining the party. You would assume that the symbiote is a bad guy to overcome, but we can’t really be certain of that.
After all, the trailer’s voice-over makes it clear that Venom is trying to beat whoever’s speaking, just like Spider-Man might be. So, it’s not impossible that a team-up could be on the cards. Venom’s arrival was teased in the first Spider-Man game’s ending, with the symbiote appearing to target Harry Osborn, which would make it even more likely that it could be a friendlier Venom.
Returning to that voice-over, meanwhile, the most common theory is that it belongs to longtime villain Kraven the Hunter, a founding member of the Sinister Six who longs to make Spider-Man his next big-game trophy. We’ll see how he fares once we finally get to play the game.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 gameplay
While the game’s first trailer doesn’t feature any gameplay, it shows us enough that we can make some assumptions about what we’ll be getting up to in Spider-Man 2. Firstly, we hopefully will get the chance to play as both Peter Parker and Miles Morales.
This will mean access to two different sets of moves and powers – Peter using more gadgets, and Miles boasting a wider repertoire of supernatural abilities. It could make for some really free-form gameplay, especially if it offers on-the-fly character switching.
Of course, given the black-backed Spider-Man logo that flashes up near the end of the first trailer, it’s also very possible that Insomniac will let us play as a Spider-Man whose suit has been taken over by Venom, like in the third Sam Raimi film and countless comics.
That could be a whale of a time, with a different movement set and combat options to explore, but we can’t get too carried away with excitement given that it’s far from confirmed at this stage. Only time will tell, ultimately!
Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.