In 2018, Insomniac Games took the world by storm when it released Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4. Taking inspiration from DC’s Batman: Arkham games, Spider-Man delivered the definitive experience as the Wall-Crawler. Insomniac quickly followed up the success with a short, but fun, spinoff Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
However, even with all the Easter eggs teasing the inevitable sequel, it wasn’t until two years ago when fans finally got an official announcement. During 2021’s PlayStation Showcase, Insomniac gave fans their first teaser for Spider-Man 2. You can watch the teaser trailer, which also gives us our first official look at Venom, below.
Now, as we near the game’s October 20, 2023 release, here’s everything we know about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 so far!
A dark shadow hangs over New York
The endings of both Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales teased possible directions for the sequel. Most notably, the reveal of Harry Osborn engulfed in a tank, covered in a black slimy substance foreshadowed the symbiote. As revealed in the announcement teaser trailer, we know the symbiote and Venom will take center stage in the new game.
In addition, the first trailer highlighted the teamwork focus between Peter Parker and Miles Morales. Watching the two Spider-Men perform a double-team move demonstrated how this mechanic will factor into gameplay. In addition, the teaser trailer also revealed Kraven the Hunter as one of the primary villains in the new game.
Be greater, together
As previously mentioned, the story of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will center around both Peter Parker and Miles Morales. Based on the released trailers, we also know three villains the two Spider-Men will have to contend with: Kraven the Hunter, The Lizard and Venom. In addition, Peter will also bond with the Venom symbiote in the game as well.
It’s also important to note that Insomniac doesn’t like to reveal the main villain in their Spider-Man games in the trailers. In the first game, Doc Ock was the primary antagonist for the Webslinger. However, his reveal didn’t come initially. Instead, early trailer showed off Mr. Negative and other members of the Sinister Six.
While we only know about the three aforementioned confirmed villains, there are some likely candidates on who may take center stage as the main villain this time. With the importance placed on the Osborn family in the first game, however, one possible option for the main villain is the Green Goblin. Norman may possibly take on this role in an attempt to gain control of his Venomized son. Following the symbiote storyline could also allow Carnage to take the stage.
Venom plans to heal the world.
In the trailer, we finally meet Harry Osborn without the Venom symbiote as Peter Parker introduces him to his friends. However, it doesn’t take long for Venom to creep back in as we learn some of his motivations to “heal the world”. Undoubtedly, this plays into Harry’s role as Venom to begin with, knowing that his father Norman was trying to use the symbiote to cure Harry of his terminal illness. You can also check out the action-packed trailer for yourself below!
In addition to getting a deeper look of Harry Osborn’s version of Venom, the trailer also highlights the relationship and partnership between Peter and Miles. We already know that Peter will eventually wear the symbiote himself in the game, and that it will make him a more brutal and darker person. However, Miles’ concern for Peter in the trailer hints more and more that we may have to play as Miles in a boss fight against Peter at some point in the story.
With so much to unpack in this trailer, it’s almost easy to forget about the spotlight once again put on Kraven the Hunter. Undoubtedly, he will dominate the focus of the first part of the game as he and the two Spider-Men battle not only each other, but Lizard as well. Seeing as though Peter will have the symbiote around the time he will battle Kraven, it also looks likely we could see some form of adaptation of Kraven’s Last Hunt.
With great power, comes even greater… gameplay!
The sequel to 2018’s Spider-Man features rebuilt gameplay designed with the capabilities of the PlayStation 5 in mind. Spider-Man 2 will feature better visuals and faster web swinging. In addition, the new game will also feature web wings.
Another immersive new feature is 3D Audio. The new audio system will work via built-in TV speakers or analogue/USB stereo headphones.
However, the key new feature in Spider-Man 2 is the ability to switch between both Peter Parker and Miles Morales instantaneously. Both heroes will also have their own individual story missions, as well as team-up missions. In free-roam, you’ll also be able to take both Spider-Men around Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.
In cased you missed it, you can also check out the newest trailer for yourself below.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 swings out this October
You can pre-order Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 now for $69.99. All pre-orders for the base game will receive two alternate attires with color variants for Peter and Miles respectively. In addition, you’ll receive a Webb Grabber gadget and three skill points at launch.
In addition, you can also pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition for $79.99 to receive even more special costumes for Peter and Miles’ Spider-Men.
Hardcore fans can also order the Collector’s Edition for $229.99 to receive a 19-inch statue featuring both Spider-Men fighting Venom. Additionally, the Collector’s Edition also comes with a special Steelbook case.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive. It swings out to PlayStation 5 on October 20.
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