On their PS5 reveal event last month, Sony confirmed that Spider-Man: Miles Morales will feature as one of the launch titles for their new flagship console. After the colossal success of Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4, it was conspicuous that Sony was far from done in making new Spider-Man games. And as expected, more wall-crawling joy is headed our way when PS5 debuts this Holiday season.
Miles Morales is no stranger to pop-culture enthusiasts. The teenage web-slinger earned mainstream fame after 2018’s blockbuster animated flick Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Miles was also a part of the Spider-Man game that came out the same year. In the base game, a radioactive spider bit Miles to give him Spider-Man’s power, similar to Peter Parker. In The City That Never Sleeps expansion pack, Peter takes him under his wings as an apprentice.
Sony dropped a sleek reveal trailer which gave us the opportunity to have our first look at the game. If social media reactions are anything to go by, fans were pretty excited about the game after seeing its first gameplay footage.
In today’s piece, I’ve gathered all available information there is to know about the new Miles Morales game. Read on to find out why you should be hyped!
Is It Another Spider-Man DLC? Or Is It A Different Game?
There has been a lot of confusion regarding the actual status of Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Is it a Spider-Man sequel? Or is it another DLC of the game? Simon Rutter, Head of Europe Business Operations at PlayStation, told the Telegraph that it is an expansion pack rather than an al out sequel. Rutter’s exact words were that “I guess you could call it an expansion and an enhancement to the previous game.”
But shortly after Rutter made the remark Jason Schreier wrote it’s going to be a standalone project but on a more limited scale than its 2018 precursor. The Bloomberg correspondent also set the game’s scope side by side with Uncharted: Lost Legacy.
Uncharted: Lost Legacy was originally meant to be an extension of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. But, the developers had a change of heart midway through the development and decided to release it as an individual title in 2017. The game had its own story arc, but its premises were significantly compact compared to its predecessor.
These conflicting claims did no favor in mitigating the confusion that spiraled around Spider-Man: Miles Morales. At one hand, we had a Sony VP implying it would be another DLC for the PS4 title. On the other hand, we had an esteemed journalist claiming the exact opposite. It was difficult to find any cohesion between the two statements.
To clear up the fog, Insomniac games confirmed the true nature of the Miles Morales project in a PlayStation blog entry.
The studio corroborated Schreier’s report saying Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be a different game, but it will be done on a smaller capacity. With the PS4 Spider-Man game having a runtime averaging 15-20 hours Spider-Man: Miles Morales could be half of that length.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales Plot and Villains
The game will be set a year after the events of the previous Spider-Man game. Christmas is right around the corner, but the people of Harlem are far from a festive mood as a war breaks out between an energy corporation and a technologically savvy criminal organization. To save his neighborhood from descending into chaos, Miles must step up and get the situation under control.
However, the trailer didn’t let off any detail on the primary antagonist. At this point, we don’t know which villains we can expect to appear. Will there be classic Spider-Man villains like the Green Goblin, or we will have to deal with more Miles Morales-centric baddies like The Prowler? We simply don’t know yet, but Insomniac promises to introduce new villains in the game.
What Powers Will Miles Morales Have?
Miles Morales inherits the same powers Peter Parker developed as Spider-Man. Like Peter, Miles has spider-like agility, super strength, surface crawling, and web shooting abilities. On top of that, he has some powers of his own. The trailer already gave us a peek at his exclusive skills.
Miles can use bio-electric shocks to momentarily impair his opponents. This move is known as the “Venom Shock,” and it can neutralize powerful villains like Venom with a few attempts. Miles will also have camouflage ability to sneak up on enemies.
Is Peter Parker Out Of the Picture?
While Peter will sit this particular adventure out, the developers have hinted he will return soon in future installments. Insomniac Games creative director Brian Horton said they have more Peter Parker stories to tell and so we can expect him to don the mask again very soon.
Will Spider-Man: Miles Morales Be On PS4?
Sony and Insomniac are yet to say anything about the backward compatibility of Spider-Man: Miles Morales. But, I have enough reasons to believe that the game will be a PS5 exclusive. Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan has said that most of the game announcements made during the PS 5 reveal event will only be available on the new console.
Sony have also made multiple statements earlier that they want to implement their full resources in developing PS5 content from now on. All these indicate that Spider-Man: Miles Morales will not be playable on PS4, but of course we don’t know for sure.