Spider-Man PS4 is Insomniac’s big open world superhero game, and it’s all set to release worldwide next month. In this Spider-Man PS4 everything we know guide, we’ll have all the various details confirmed for the upcoming game so far, including the final Spider-Man PS4 release date, all the Spider-Man PS4 characters we’ve seen in action so far, the various Spider-Man PS4 gameplay footage shown off at recent presentations, as well as our very own Spider-Man PS4 impressions, from a few recent events.
We mentioned that Spider-Man on the PS4 is little over a month away from releasing, but there’s plenty of time for new information to emerge about the game between now and then. We’ll be keeping this guide on Sony’s big new game entirely up to date with all the bits of information that are announced between now and then.
Spider-Man PS4 Release Date
The release date for Spider-Man on PS4 is September 7, 2018, which was revealed in the Game Informer Magazine (via its website). As the name we’ve been using so far suggests, Spider-Man will be releasing exclusively for the PS4.
Spider-Man PS4 Story Trailer
Just below, you can check out the story trailer for Spider-Man that was released at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. The trailer shows off Mary Jane (now a reporter for the Daily Bugle) as a second playable character, Silver Sable, as well as a brief glimpse at Spidey’s classic suit.
Spider-Man PS4 Suits
The superheroes suit is everything, and it turns out there might be 25 suits in total for Spider-Man on the PS4, if our recent hands-on was anything to go by. « There looks to be a total of 25 different costumes to unlock. Most of them were blacked out in my demo, but the new outfits that did appear include the aforementioned Spider-Man Noir, Secret War, the Scarlet Spider (classic hoodie version), Spider-Armor Mark II, the Spider-Man: Homecoming suit, and that film’s home-made costume. One outfit also carried the distinct silhouette of Spider-Man 2099’s costume », wrote our Mike Williams.
So far, the confirmed Spider-Man suits are:
- Classic suit.
- Advanced suit.
- Iron Spider.
- Velocity suit.
- Spider-Man Noir suit.
- Steve Ditko-inspired suit.
- Secret War suit.
- Scarlet Spider suit.
- Spider-Armor Mark II.
- Spider-Man 2099.
- Superior Spider-Man suit.
Spider-Man PS4 Hands-On Preview Impressions
We got to play Spider-Man on the PS4 for ourselves for the first time back at E3 2018, and our main impressions was that while the web-slinging feels great, the camera unfortunately doesn’t. Peter Parker moves so quickly while in the spider suit that it’s actually hard for the camera to keep up with his movements. There’s also ‘slow-mo’ sections of the game, which although give you more time to react to enemy attacks, it also makes it harder to properly get into the flow of the game.
Later on in August, we got another chance to experience Spider-Man on the PS4. We got to play the first few hours of Insomniac’s game, experiencing life in Peter’s cramped apartment, seeing him listening to his police radio first thing in the morning for anything going down around town. We ultimately came away pretty impressed with the story and world-building over the course of the first few hours of the superhero spectacle.
Spider-Man PS4 Gameplay
Sony took to the stage during their E3 2018 press conference in June and showed off a brand new gameplay trailer for Spider-Man. It showed our titular hero intervening in a breakout at The Raft prison. There were a ton of villains involved, including Electro, Scorpion, Rhino, Vulture, Mister Negative and another mystery character teased at the end.
It looks as though the Sinister Six will be the main team of villains going up against Spider-Man in the game. But who could the mystery sixth member of the team be? If you listen very closely to the noise they make at the conclusion of the video, our money is on Venom, villain from the infamous Spider-Man 3.
After going hands on with Spider-Man at E3 2018, Polygon had some interesting analysis of the game map. « Spider-Man’s world captures the idea of New York rather than the actual place », Chris Plante writes. The city basically functions as a clean version of 1970’s New York, with realistic recreations of inconic buildings like the Empire State Building, Chinatown, and Manhattan Bridge.
Spider-Man PS4 Gameplay Demo
We knew Spider-Man PS4 would be appearing at Sony’s E3 2017 presentation, so it was no surprise when the web-slinger rounded out the presentation. You can see the trailer for yourself just below, and we’ve rounded up some highlights from the footage further down.
- Spider-Man looks to be taking cues from the combat of the Batman: Arkham series, with counters being essential when fighting off opponents in arenas.
- Wilson Fisk has been confirmed to feature in the game, as we see Peter Parker saving all of Fisk’s men in order to get information from him.
- There are plenty of quick time events in the Spider-Man footage we saw, as the character saved a helicopter and a crane from crashing into citizens below.
- Peter Parker might be out protagonist, but Miles Morales can be glimpsed briefly at the very end of the footage.
- A 2018 release window has been given to the game, contradicting a recent statement from Marvel vice president Ryan Penagos that Spider-Man would be releasing this year.
In an interview with PlayStation Trophies, Spider-Man community director James Stevenson revealed that Miles Morales will have a « much bigger role than just a cameo », after the character was briefly glimpsed at the end of the E3 2017 gameplay demo at Sony’s presentation.
More story details have emerged from the interview, including the fact that the Peter Parker in Spider-Man is 23 years old, and has been saving the people of New York City for almost 10 years. Norman Osborn (aka. the Green Goblin) is running for mayor of NYC, while Martin Li, the enemy of the E3 2017 demo, is the boss at Aunt May’s workplace.
Spider-Man PS4 was announced in a trailer during Sony’s E3 2016 conference. Insomniac, developers of Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, and Sunset Overdrive, was revealed as the developer of the game, while New York City was also shown in all its glory during the minute-long trailer.
Spider-Man got the Digital Foundry analysis in the video just below, where John and Dave spoke at length about how the game impressed on the PS4 Pro at E3 2017. Spider-Man will be using the same technology at Ratchet & Clank to simulate true 4K, and although the game supports full HDR, it won’t be running at native 4K on the PS4 Pro.
The game generally has a very « soft and smooth » image, and uses motion blur seamlessly, giving Spider-Man a general pre-rendered CGI look to it. New York City itself is also very impressive, as shadows are clear and defined, while there’s very little pop-in from distant buildings around the city skyline.
This is a complete roundup of the latest information surrounding Spider-Man PS4 at this point in time. As we mentioned previously, we’ll be keeping this up to date with all the latest information from both Sony and Insomniac.
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