New PS4 Exclusive Spider-Man Game Revealed at E3

The developers behind Ratchet & Clank have revealed they’re developing a brand new, original Spider-Man game for the Playstation 4.

When Beenox announced they would no longer be producing any more Spider-Man games, the question wasn’t just when a Spider-Man game would be developed but by who. This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, gave us the answers with an announcement that Spider-Man wouldn’t just be getting a new console game, but that it’s a Playstation 4 exclusive from Insomniac Games.

The developers of such titles as Ratchet & Clank, Sypro, Resistance, and Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac Games announced they, along with Marvel Entertainment, were developing the web-slinger’s new console game on their official Twitter feed, along with the release of a teaser trailer during E3’s Playstation Press Conference. As stated by Bryan Inithar, Insomniac Games’ Creative Director, on Playstation.com’s blog:

Spider-Man is one of the most iconic and well-known characters in the world, and we’re thrilled to be given the responsibility to create a brand-new, authentic Spider-Man story. Nope, this isn’t the same Spider-Man you’ve met before, nor is our game based on the upcoming movie. This is a more seasoned Peter Parker who’s more masterful at fighting big crime in New York City. At the same time, he’s struggling to balance his absurdly chaotic personal life and career. All while nine million New Yorkers depend on him for their safety… no pressure indeed.

And as you can see from their trailer below, the new game looks (pardon the pun) amazing:

Further details about the game during their live YouTube broadcast (via DualShockers) confirmed that, as indicated in the trailer, the game will be open-world. Also, given this emphasis on Peter trying to “balance his…life and career,” it makes me wonder if the game will also you play as Peter Parker with his own missions as well as Spider-Man, which would provide for a unique gameplay mechanic distinctive from previous Spider-Man console titles.  Furthermore, given how all the in-game enemies Spider-Man is fighting in this trailer are members of the Inner Demons, it’s a safe bet that Mister Negative will be one of the major bosses of the game. Also, if you look closely, you’ll notice a billboard which says, “Norman Osborn for Mayor.” Whether that’s a subplot of the game or just an Easter Egg, who knows?

But if there’s one thing which looks really bad, it’s the awful-looking costume design. Even though Insomniac Games is saying this game isn’t based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man from Captain America: Civil War (2016) and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), it’s clear the game developers incorporated elements from that suit and the auto-focusing eye-lenses in particular. However, it also looks as though it they used elements of the first costume from Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), which wasn’t popular even with fans of the movie. And the enlarged white spider-emblem is far too distracting and, unlike when it’s used for the black costume, clashes severely with the suits more traditional red-and-blue elements. By combining aspects from different Spider-Man suits into one design like this, the new suit looks far too busy and complex than necessary. Here’s hoping one of the unlockable or downloadable skins is Spider-Man classic costume because right now, this looks like it could give Injustice: Gods Among Us a run for its money for worst character design. After all, why mess around with something that was already perfect to begin with?

There’s no word yet from Sony or Insomniac Games on a release date; in addition, Spider-Man is just the working title for the new game which, according to the trailer, is still in development. Still, if the final game looks, sounds, and plays anything close to what the trailer suggests, Insomniac Games and the Playstation 4 will have another bona-fide hit on their hands, poor costume design not withstanding. We’ll keep you posted for any new and forthcoming details.