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Spider-Man: Miles Morales release date, PS5 upgrade, characters, and more

Spider-Man: Miles Morales is one of the most highly-anticipated games of the year, releasing on both PS4 and PS5 next month. First announced back in June, the messaging was initially a bit confusing about whether it's a full-sized game or an expansion of 2018's Spider-Man, but now we know it's a standalone title roughly the size of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

We've learned a number of key details since that June announcement, regarding everything from gameplay and performance to plot details and characters. But fear not, we'd never leave you to track down everything we know about Spider-Man: Miles Morales on your own - we've collected all of that and listed it right here in this handy guide. So without further ado, read on for the most up-to-date account of what we know about Insomniac's Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales PS5 trailer

Just in case you've lived under a rock for the past few months, do yourself a favor and check out the Spider-Man: Miles Morales reveal trailer. Seeing Miles Morales take the mantle and get the long-awaited video game he deserves never fails to excite.

This doesn't necessarily mean Parker won't show up during the campaign itself, but the game's title makes it very clear that this is Miles' story, presumably following his early exploits getting to grips as New York City's most recent victim of a radioactive spider bite.  

The trailer also shows off Miles' classic, darker costume as Spider-Man, and suggests we'll be getting to play with a whole host of new tools, tricks, and outfits as the latest caped crusader. But who, exactly, will he be fighting against? 

Spider-Man: Miles Morales gameplay demo

Gripping cinematics are one thing, but Spider-Man: Miles Morales gameplay is where things get really exciting. Before we scroll on, check out the gameplay demo to see an incredible face-off between Spider-Man and The Tinkerer on a rapidly crumbling Brooklyn Bridge.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales release date

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Sony has announced that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is releasing November 12, just in time for the launch of the PS5.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales is releasing on PS4, and it's a free PS5 upgrade

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Many of us have come to affectionately call it Spider-Man PS5, but Insomniac's sequel is also coming to PS4. Sony revealed this during September's PS5 showcase, also assuring fans that if you buy the game on PS4, you'll get it for free on PS5 whenever you upgrade your hardware.

Spider-Man PS5 is a standalone game, not an expansion

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This is where things get a bit confusing. Shortly after the debut of the Spider-Man: Miles Morales trailer during the PS5 Future of Games event, Sony Interactive Entertainment EVP head of European Business, Simon Rutter, said in an interview, that the upcoming PS5 game isn't a full blown sequel to Insomniac's 2018 PS4 exclusive, but a remastered version of that title with the Miles Morales expansion tagged on.

However, not long after that, Insomniac Games took to Twitter to clarify that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a standalone game, not an expansion. 

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However (again), as we previously reported, Jason Schreier reported on Twitter that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is "a brand-new, standalone game similar in scope to Uncharted Lost Legacy". 

So, while it's technically a standalone game, it won't be the lengthy title that the original Spider-Man was - Uncharted Lost Legacy was a ten-hour game.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales PS5 performance

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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Sony has insisted that Spider-Man: Miles Morales was "designed to take advantage of PS5 and its unique next-gen features like the ultra-high-speed SSD and DualSense controller," but it's natural to wonder if the PS4 version is bottlenecking performance on PS5. And to some degree that's inevitable, but rest assured: Miles Morales looks wonderful on PS5.

It's been confirmed that Spider-Man: Miles Morales has an optional "Performance mode" that lets the game run at 4K resolution and 60fps on PS5. If you want to see what that looks like, check out Insomniac's Miles Morales 4K HDR teaser (although you'd need a 4K HDR TV to see the benefits, naturally).

Spider-Man: Miles Morales story and characters

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales takes place in Harlem about a year after the events of Spider-Man PS4, starring the young and scrappy Miles finding his footing as the new webslinger in town. If you watched the gameplay demo earlier, you'll know he comes across the Tinkerer at some point, but he's got more than one villain standing between him and the city's safety.

Marvel and Insomniac have revealed one of the Spider-Man: Miles Morales villains to be Prowler, a villain that also appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which you'll remember also stars Miles. We also know, thanks to some gameplay footage from Game Informer, that Rhino is yet another baddie seeking to take down Miles Morales in the upcoming Spider-Man game.

Just why so many bad guys are after Miles Morales is anyone's guess at this point, but we have a feeling there's even more than we know about at this point.

What the Spider-Man PS4 ending could tell us about the Miles Morales story

*SPOILERS* (glaze over this section if you’re yet to beat Marvel’s Spider-Man!)

With Doc Ock defeated and the Devil’s Breath virus contained, the ending of the game sets up a few potential future narratives. Doc Ock is done for, but in jail, probably scheming with the Sinister Six. Beyond that, Miles Morales has now been bitten by a mutated spider, which of course leads him to take on Peter Parker's responsibilities. We know Peter's still alive, but his role in Spider-Man: Miles Morales isn't clear.

There’s also the Osborns, whose story in this universe is much different than the typical comic book tales. Norman Osborn is yet to prove himself to be a nefarious individual - just a bit of a posh git. However, we got a glimpse after the game’s credits of him in a secret lab, looking over a green-tinted bio tube holding his son, Harry Osborn, who was thought to be on his jollies in Europe during the events of the game… so much for that!

This could foreshadow Norman’s descent into Green Goblin-hood, but the tar-like stringy black substance in the tank suggests an extra dynamic to his story. Harry is clearly not well, most likely suffering from the disorder that afflicted his mother. Given that the substance seems to react to his father’s touch, this could be the symbiote, and by proxy, we could be seeing Harry Osborn as Venom instead of the usual Eddie Brock. How exciting!

Potential Spider-Man PS5 Villains

Venom 2 director Andy Serkis

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As well as the Green Goblin and Venom, which would both make solid sense given the conclusion to the first game’s story, there were plenty of hints towards other Spider-Man villains littered throughout the game world, teasing future antagonists in a potential sequel.

Venom could be some clever misdirection that we’ve all fallen for given the shady state of Harry Osborn’s tank - we could be seeing Riot or Carnage in Venom’s place. Given the popularity of that particular character, Insomniac may want to spin their own Venom narrative in the future. 

One of the more peculiar villainous Easter eggs relates to Sandman, who Peter finds trapped in a vial of sand thanks to one of the game’s collectible backpacks. Who knows, if some evil force were to get their hands on it he could break out and cause havoc. 

There’s a cute reference to Mysterio during the Halloween Party sequence in the game and a part of his helmet found in an in-game backpack, so we at least know they exist in this universe. 

There’s also mention of A.I.M and Taskmaster in the Spider-Man game, who could both easily return in the sequel despite the relevant side quests wrapping up nicely. The Lizard also gets some lip service through some in-game lore, and could pop out of the sewers at some point in the near future. 

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