Alert Spider-Man fan! Sony Interactive Entertainment and Insomniac Games have given us an extended look at the highly anticipated single-player (as confirmed by Insomniac earlier before) action game Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 during today’s PlayStation Showcase 2023! The new information includes the first gameplay footage, a brand new cinematic, and fresh screenshots! As the next chapter in their original Spider-Man franchise, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is expected to launch for the PlayStation 5 in Fall 2023.
The sequel sees Kraven the Hunter, a notable character from the 2021 announcement trailer, make his first appearance in the franchise. Hunting for an adversary to match his skills, Kraven poses a substantial threat to Spider-Man alter-egos Peter Parker and Miles Morales and the citizens of New York. Simultaneously, the city faces the menace of a new Symbiote invasion, setting the stage for a storyline filled with high stakes and daunting challenges.
The Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 gameplay trailer showcase spotlights Kraven’s Hunters, a new enemy faction, on the hunt for Dr. Curt Connors, or The Lizard. Peter Parker, dressed in the fan-favorite Black Suit, intervenes, unveiling a more aggressive fighting style featuring the Symbiote tendrils. Combat capabilities are further enriched with parries and new takedown moves, enhancing the overall intensity of the game.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will also allow players to control not one, but two Spider-Heroes. Miles Morales makes a return, playing a crucial role in the unfolding narrative. Players can experience near-instantaneous switching between both Spider-Men, with increased traversal speed, courtesy of the Web Wings feature. The new system promises a truly exhilarating experience of soaring through the city’s skyline.
The video also presents a peek into the detailed environments of the game, exemplified by Miles tracking the Lizard through the Harlem Fish Market. Stealth and combat are both viable options for players, with new abilities and gadgets introduced to enhance various playstyles. The Web Line, a new gadget, allows for stealthy movement around the environment and dual takedowns.
In terms of character development, Peter and Miles each have unique skills that can be upgraded via individual skill trees. They also share technology and train together, benefiting from a shared Skill Tree that offers parallel upgrades.
The graphics of the game showcase more elaborate textures, dramatic lighting, and unique soundscapes, delivered with the remarkable capabilities of the PlayStation 5 console and the DualSense wireless controller.
In the conclusion to the gameplay reveal, the Spider-Men work together to pursue Lizard and battle Kraven’s hunters. The narrative features seamless switching between both Spider-Men, offering players the chance to witness iconic team-ups and view the story from both heroes’ perspectives.