Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man, one of the most highly anticipated games expected to show during this year’s E3, debuted over eight astonishing minutes of gameplay footage. Teased at last year’s E3 conference, Spider-Man appeared as the closing act for tonight’s PlayStation press conference, and gamers were left wanting more after an incredible display of action and storytelling.
The gameplay trailer opened with Spider-Man eyeing some thugs in the “Demon” gang who were encroaching on Wilson Fisk’s territory. From what it appears, the action borrows mechanics from Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham series, but with a more delicate balance of maneuvers thanks to Spidey’s ultra sensitive reflexes. The camera movement is also so fluid and beautifully choreographed with the action, putting many current superhero movies to shame. Being set in New York City, one must wonder the limits of how big of a playground the studio will allow players to explore.
Our hero also seems to be equipped with a lot of fun gadgets that will allow for more stealthy take downs, similar to the Arkham games as well. But it wouldn’t be a Spider-Man game with the quippy nature of the character, which Insomniac seems to have nailed as well.
And if you X’d out of the gameplay trailer early, you may have missed the short stinger at the end which reveals that this Spider-Man game takes place in the same universe as Miles Morales.
Here’s the official description for Spider-Man, courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment:
Starring one of the world’s most iconic Super Heroes, Spider-Man features the acrobatic abilities, improvisation and web-slinging that the wall-crawler is famous for, while also introducing elements never-before-seen in a Spider-Man game. From traversing with parkour and unique environmental interactions, to new combat and cinematic blockbuster set pieces, it’s Spider-Man unlike any you’ve played before.
Sony Interactive Entertainment, Insomniac Games, and Marvel have teamed up to create a brand-new and authentic Spider-Man adventure. This isn’t the Spider-Man you’ve met before, or seen in a movie. This is an experienced Peter Parker who’s more masterful at fighting big crime in New York City. At the same time, he’s struggling to balance his chaotic personal life and career while the fate of millions of New Yorkers rest upon his shoulders.
Directed by Bryan Intihar, Spider-Man is expected to release in the first half of 2018.