- Aug 25, 2020
Insomniac has revealed plot details for the upcoming Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS5, and revealed that the studio will continue to tell the story of its Peter Parker in future. Described by creative director Brian Horton on the PlayStation Blog, Miles Morales is set a year after the events of Marvel's Spider-Man. The standalone follow-up kicks off just before Christmas, as a street war kicks off between "an energy corporation and a high-tech criminal army". Harlem, where Miles now lives, is in the middle of that war, and he sets out to put a stop to it. Insomniac says the new game will include "a new story, with new set-pieces, fresh villains, and unique quests across Marvel’s New York City." Along the way, Miles will discover new powers that set him apart from Peter Parker's Spider-man (and we've already seen both his venom strike and invisibility powers shown off in the reveal trailer). [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/06/18/marvels-spider-man-miles-morales-official-trailer-recap"] Per a new trailer recap video from Insomniac, Miles is being designed to feel distinct from Peter Parker in the first game. Aside from his differing powers, Miles' combat and traversal animations will be brand new – perhaps most interestingly, Miles' lower confidence in being a superhero will be reflected in how he web-swings, with hero animator James Ham pointing out that he flails around more while swinging. Insomniac makes clear that this game is entirely about Miles Morales, who is "a critical part of our Spider-Man universe" - but the studio also hints that the original Spider-Man will return, saying, "we still have much of Peter’s story left to tell." Horton also explains that the first game's director, Brian Intihar "continues to imagine big things for the Marvel’s Spider-Man universe." It's certainly not a confirmation of a Peter Parker-centric Spider-Man 2, but it definitely feels like a hint at one. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/spider-man-miles-morales-is-ps5s-biggest-sell-next-gen-console-watch"] Horton also briefly discusses the PS5 tech being used to bring the new game to life, which will include "near-instant loading, ray-tracing, 3D audio and the DualSense controller." Character models should look more realistic, and even the returning New York City has apparently been "updated" for its PS5 debut. Horton doesn't cover the size of the game, however. After some confusion, Insomniac confirmed that the game would be a standalone release, but reports have said that it will be a smaller game than the first, similar in scope to other "expandalones" like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is due for release on PS5 this Holiday. Here are the six comic stories we think could inspire it. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=spider-man-miles-morales-playstation-5-screenshots&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joe Skrebels is IGN's Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected].