After only being a playable side character in the first game, Miles is taking control of his own story.

By Nick Romano
June 11, 2020 at 04:44 PM EDT
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UPDATE: Following Thursday's reveal of a new Marvel's Spider-Man game focused on Miles Morales, The Telegraph published an article based on an interview with Simon Rutter, executive vice president of European business at Sony Interactive Entertainment. According to him, the Miles title isn't an official sequel to the 2018 best-seller.

"I guess you could call it an expansion and an enhancement to the previous game," Rutter said. "There’s a substantial Miles Morales component — which is the expansion element — but also within the game as well there’s been major enhancements to the game and the game engine, obviously deploying some of the major Playstation 5 technology and features."

Bloomberg News reporter Jason Schreier then stated over Twitter that Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales "is *not* an expansion or enhancement or remaster, despite a Sony executive's comments this morning." He continued, "Nor is it Spider-Man 2. It is a brand-new, standalone game similar in scope to Uncharted Lost Legacy." The official Twitter account for Insomniac Games then confirmed, "It is a standalone game."

Whatever the case, Miles Morales takes place in the same universe and location as the first game, and it's set after the events of the first game. So... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

EARLIER: The first wave of games coming to the upcoming Playstation 5 console were revealed on Thursday during a "Future of Gaming" online unveiling, and a sequel to Marvel's Spider-Man, the best-selling Marvel superhero title from 2018, was officially confirmed.

Given the popularity of the first title from the developers at Insomniac, a sequel was expected. Then rumors began circulating that one was already in development. Now, it's official. Not only that, but instead of Peter Parker, the sequel will focus on Miles Morales.

In the first game, Peter, a more experienced version of the wall-crawler, faced a Sinister Six roster of adversaries, including Doc Ock, Vulture, Rhino, Electro, Scorpion, and Mr. Negative. Over the course of the game, Miles, one of the playable characters along with Mary Jane Watson, was bitten by a radioactive spider that crawled out of Norman Osborn's secret lab. One of two post-credits for the game confirmed Miles now maintains Spider-Man-esque abilities.

"A hero's just someone who doesn't give up," a voice tells the new protagonist. "Your dad said that. He was right. Now it's your turn. Go be a hero, Miles."

Insomniac Games

Following the trailer's debut, Sony Interactive Entertainment released more information on this new installment. "The latest adventure in the Spider-Man universe will build on and expand Marvel’s Spider-Man through an all-new story," a description reads. "Players will experience the rise of Miles Morales as he masters new powers to become his own Spider-Man. With PS5’s ultra-fast SSD, players can near-instantaneously fast-travel across Marvel’s New York City, or feel the tension of each one of Miles’s web-swings, punches, web shots, and venom blasts with the DualSense wireless controller’s haptic feedback. Highly-detailed character models and enhanced visuals across the game intensify the story of Miles Morales as he faces great, new challenges while learning to be his own Spider-Man."

The footage sees Miles taking on a new gang of villains armed with mech gear and some sort of energy-based weapons. But to combat that, he has his own set of tricks, including his comics-accurate invisibility and electric shock abilities. One big question is the potential presence of the Osborns. Another post-credit scene from the first game revealed Norman has been secretly trying to find a cure for his son, Harry, who's been kept alive in a tank in his father's lab. A strange symbiote-esque substance was seen leeching off of Harry towards the glass, which led many to believe a variant of Venom could be involved in the sequel. We'll have to see.

Insomniac Games

Marvels' Spider-Man: Miles Morales will launch this holiday season alongside the Playstation 5 console.

Other games revealed during the Playstation 5 livestream include a remake of Resident Evil 8, a sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn called Horizon Forbidden Forest, Hitman 3, Project Athia, Ratcher & Clank: Rift Apart, Stray, Returnal, Oddworld Soulstorm, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Demon's Souls, Godfall, Deathloop, Solar Ash, and NBA 2K21.

This article has been updated with an official game description from Sony.  

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