This one has definitely caused some confusion. During the PS5’s major event last week one of the headline-reveals was Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The bit that we saw during the trailer looked great, but very quickly on social media people started to question whether the game was a true full sequel or just a remaster with a few add-ons. To muddy the waters even more, in an interview shortly after the show, a Sony exec then described the game as “expansion and an enhancement”. It was all a bit of a confusing mess – with many feeling like Sony had misrepresented the game during the reveal. To their credit though, Insomniac quickly jumped online to correct that description and yesterday in a PlayStation Blog post they broke down exactly what we can expect.
In the post itself, as well as several times in the embedded video – the team goes to great lengths to describe the game as a “standalone” title. Yes, not only will the upcoming title make use of several PS5 features (including ‘reduced loading, ray-tracing, DualSense controller updates, 3D audio and updated character models using 4D scans& improved skin shadin’) but the game will feature a “full story arc” for Morales. The team then made the Lost Legacy comparison that has already been floating online for some time now stating:
You’ll experience a full story arc with Miles, one that’s more akin to a game like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in terms of overall scope. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an important, heartfelt, emotional and essential experience to expanding the Marvel’s Spider-Man universe.
So basically, this is will not be a remaster but a shorter (but still important and complete) story making use of the new tech in the PS5 while we wait for Peter’s full sequel sometime in the future. To be honest, I’m quite happy with that. Exploring New York was my favourite part of the PS4 game – and I’m happy to return to the Big Apple. Plus, it will look even better on the PS5. To top it all off, the care and attention they seem to be putting into Miles’ character and narrative and how differently he moves and even the unique powers he possesses should make this slightly shorter adventure more than enough new Spidey to tide us over.