- Spider-Man PS4 release date: TBC
- Developer: Insomniac
- Publisher: Sony
- Format: PS4
Ask certain people around GamesRadar+ and Spider-Man 2's PS2 free-swinging adventure is one of the greatest experiences ever made (and those web physics were on point). But the series as a whole declined from that high into fairly rote exercises in licensing. New movie, new game. Usually not great.
Not this time though because step up Insomniac, the studio behind Ratchet & Clank, to make a new, bespoke game. You should be excited about this for several reasons. Firstly, Insomniac has a lot of skill with fast and fluid platform adventures so something like Spider-Man is perfect for it. It's also a fresh take on the hero with an original story, focusing on an established hero (so no origins again) and not tied to any film.
Let's take a look at what we can expect.
Spider-Man's release date is DEFINTELY still a mystery
There's no release date yet and Insomniac isn't giving anything away. This is the official word tweeted out to a fan recently:
@terryleelife All we said was there was no release date. Likely not going to announce one anytime soon.July 6, 2016
US retailer GameStop did list a December 26, 2017 release date but that was quickly shut down by Insomniac which reiterated that "there was no release date" again. However, when one fan talked about the game being two years away or more, Insomniac intervened:
@KerrRobinson84 who said it was 2 years away? Just stay tuned. We're still working on it and can narrow it down closerJuly 7, 2016
So it's just called Spider-Man PS4?
For the time being, yes. Although the official account has tweeted this out recently, teasing a proper name, and some more gameplay, to be revealed at December's PlayStation Experience in Anaheim.
We expect a name reveal and some new gameplay at #PSX this year! ;)#PlaystationExperience #PSX2016 #SpidermanPS4 pic.twitter.com/VzOzslau69October 15, 2016
Spider-Man's PS4 gameplay trailer looks amazing
Admit it, that looks exciting. Insomniac is adamant that it's all in game too, repeatedly reiterating the fact to fans asking about gameplay. If that's what it looks like at the announcement stage then not only should it look even better at launch, but that can't (hopefully) be that far away.
The trailer seems to show a very acrobatic Spidey, not only swinging through the streets but also performing some very springy indoor acrobatics. The combat also seems to take advantage of both webs and agility.
But Spider-Man PS4 also has PS4 Pro support, so it'll look even more amazing
This video shows a brief glimpse of Spider-Man running on a PS4 Pro. Now you won't really be able to see what effect that has on a YouTube video of a livestream, but just listen to the soothing voice of Mark Cerny and believe everything he says.
Spider-Man PS4's story is an all new one and Insomniac is working with Marvel on it
Obviously Insomniac isn't talking about Spider-Man PS4's story just yet but we know two things: it won't be an origin story (this is an experienced Spidey who's ready to go without watching Uncle Ben die again) and the studio is working closely with Marvel.
@thismmafan keep in mind this is NOT an origin story, it's very much a more experienced Spider-ManJune 22, 2016
@negrone working hard and hand-in-hand with Marvel to nail thatJune 15, 2016
That's exciting for two reasons. Firstly, it means we're heading into Batman Arkham territory - a ready formed hero ready to go - and secondly, with Marvel on board to help shape the narrative, this is about as official as you can get.
Worth noting as well that this will have nothing to do with the upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming movie.
What's the deal with Spider-Man PS4's white suit?
A lot of people have noted the white detailing on Spidey's new suit in Spider-Man PS4. There's a reason for it buuut... we don't know why yet.
@freelance616 yupJune 17, 2016
What is interesting here is that the white continues to Spidey's web shooters which, colour aside, are very similar to the Spider-Man Homecoming web shooters. Does that mean something?
Who is the villain in Spider-Man PS4?
The main villains in Spider-Man PS4 aren't known yet. All we have to go on are these guys up there with the Chinese looking animal masks. Odds on these are beginner goons when the game starts. Will there be a power chain leading up to a more famous bad guy? Or maybe a new character running crime in the streets to get you started?
Also, could the fact that Insomniac keeps stating that this is 'an established' Spider-Man affect villain choices depending on where he is in his life? The lives, deaths and resurrections of various characters could play a part in who's available to cause trouble. With Marvel overseeing it's going to have to stick to canon.