Certainly, many players expected a lot from the PlayStation Showcase conference – after all, this is the first event of this type since September 2021. While there were a lot of games from external developers, what we got (or rather didn’t get) from PlayStation Studios was a big disappointment. The only big game that was decided to show was Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 from Insomniac Games. The presence of this game was highly probable and to sweeten it we got over 10 minutes of gameplay, presenting a fragment of one of the story missions.
Insomniac Games has presented quite extensive material from Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. It has been confirmed that in addition to Venom, Kraven will also appear in the production. Unfortunately, no release date has yet been revealed.
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Insomniac Games without further ado confirmed the presence of another villain – after Venom, it’s time for Kraven. He will hunt in New York for Dr. Curtis “Curt” Connors, also known in some circles as the Lizard. Two Spider-Men: Peter Parker and Miles Morales will have the task of stopping Kraven and his Hunters from realizing their intentions. The actual gameplay begins with the presentation of Spider-Man (Peter Parker) in the iconic black costume with new powers coming from the Symbiote. Thanks to new tricks, Parker will be able to give even the biggest villains a hard time. We’re also very curious to see what effect his connection to the Symbiote will have on Spider-Man’s behavior… in that respect, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 may actually be darker than its predecessor.
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During the gameplay, you can see the moment when you switch between the characters. It seems that in the case of story missions, the redirection between Peter Parker and Miles Morales will only take place at specific times. However, we expect that between missions, switching between both heroes will be available at your fingertips. The transition between one character and the other takes place almost instantly, without any loading screens. The first swing around Harlem, however, reveals that the gliding has been turned up even more and additionally enriched with wind tunnels between skyscrapers, which will allow you to move around the map even faster. The footage from the game also shows the greater momentum of the city itself – now we will most likely also go beyond Manhattan, known from the first game and the Miles Morales expansion.
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Peter Parker and Miles Morales will mostly have separate skill trees to emphasize their individuality. The former will receive a set of new feats resulting from the connection with the Symbiote, while Miles’ abilities are largely due to the bioelectric powers he possesses. Interestingly, a common skill tree will also be offered (this is explained by the joint training of both Spiders) – it is enough to learn a given skill once for both characters to use it. The creators also praise the PlayStation 5 console in terms of reviving New York and improving the graphics. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is to offer high-quality textures, improved lighting and more realistic shading, more detailed object geometry and better quality particle effects. There will also be full support for DualSense or the 3D Audio engine. Unfortunately, despite the extensive presentation of the game, Insomniac Games has still not confirmed the exact release date, only confirming that it will take place this fall.