It’s a special day for Spidey fans! We’re excited to finally show you the first gameplay footage of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, the next installment in our original Marvel’s Spider-Man franchise, launching in Fall 2023. today, so let’s highlight some of the important things…
The Great Hunt begins
As many keen-eared Spidey fans noticed in our 2021 Kraven the Hunter announcement trailer. This version makes his debut in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and he’s on the hunt for an equal. That spells bad news for the denizens of Marvel’s New York, including a rogue’s gallery of rogue villains and Spider-Men, Peter Parker and Miles Morales. Between the start of Kraven’s Great Hunt and a new symbiote threat to Earth-1048, our heroes have their work cut out for them.
Setting the stage for our gameplay reveal: the Kraven Hunters, a new enemy faction, are chasing Dr. Curt Connors aka The Lizard and Peter needs to stop him. We start at Connors’ house across the East River in Queens, one of the new playable and explorable neighborhoods we’re introducing in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.
Let’s get symbiotic
We wasted no time: bursting through the basement doors is Peter Parker, our original Spider-Man in this story, which needs no introduction. But what he’s wearing perhaps deserves one: he’s wearing the highly coveted, iconic and beloved Black Suit and is more than ready for a fight.
In addition to serving up appearances, our symbiote hero has a few new tricks up his sleeve. We’re no strangers to Spider-Man headbanging, but never like this: he’s much more aggressive and punches are certainly not being pulled. The symbiote’s tendrils enlarge Spider-Man’s silhouette, slamming enemies into hard surfaces without mercy from Kraven Hunters.
My advice: get comfortable with the L1 button because you’re going to love it.
The wildly popular suit can strike fear into just about anyone who comes across it, but Kraven isn’t just anyone, and his highly trained Hunters aren’t afraid of a fight. Don’t worry! New combat abilities can neutralize our stubborn new opponents with a little finesse. Counterattack with aggressive defenses to gain the upper hand, or cast a web to divert enemies from one tough spot to a tougher one. You can also trigger a classic dodge to get out of harm’s way – but don’t get too comfortable; some attacks simply cannot be dodged and will require a defense to properly dodge them!
Our animators worked to deliver a much more impulsive Peter Parker, suited to the symbiote bonded to his person, without sacrificing his combative finesse. New takedowns humiliate even the toughest enemies, and new combat animations push Spider-Man’s limits. I mean, did you see what Spider-Man did to this guy?
In Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, we’re respecting the Black Suit and giving him the story he deserves. In this part, we’re really delving into Peter’s personal relationship with the symbiote and how it affects those closest to him…
more miles per hour
Speaking of which, this sequel features not one, but TWO playable Spider Heroes, as Miles Morales returns in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and is a key player in our story. In this demo, Miles is in Harlem on the Lizard’s trail. Speed is essential in many ways.
First, take a look at the almost instant switching between our two playable Spider-Men. And if that wasn’t enough, traversal gets a significant speed boost in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2! Cue the Web Wings, which can be deployed by any Spider-Man to move around the city with speed and urgency. Use wind tunnels between skylines to move fast, and behold the PS5 console’s SSD capabilities as you fly over the concrete jungle, passing all manner of cars, buildings, and people (and pigeons). If you thought traversal in our first two games was thrilling, wait until you experience it firsthand in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.
tearing down the warehouse
After a brief flight across town, Miles tracked Connors inside the Harlem Fish Market. From the looks of it, Kraven’s hunters are advancing on him, so it’s time to eliminate them.
In the vein of Marvel’s Spider-Man, players can approach encounters with stealth or fists of rage, or both. Regardless of your approach, there are new gadgets and abilities that complement different playstyles. One of the new gadgets we’re excited about is the Web Line, a new way to sneak around the environment to take down enemies. Cast a line over a pair of Hunters and watch as Spider-Man performs a double takedown… a Marvel Spider-Man first!
Like his mentor before him, Miles Morales also has some new abilities and gadgets at his disposal. On the gadget front, we show the Web Grabber, a new gadget that gathers enemies in a secluded location. This allows Miles to chain one of his new abilities, Thunder Burst, unleashing an electrifying slam against a group of enemies. You’ve also seen a glimpse of the Chain Lightning skill, which has a shocking radius of effect on any nearby enemies.
Between Peter’s new Symbiote abilities and Miles’ newfound blue bioelectric powers, each Spider-Man has his own unique set of abilities that can be enhanced through a new individual skill tree. Our heroes also share tech and train together, so we’ve also included a shared Skill Tree that offers parallel upgrades for both.
The Lizard is in the details
As Miles tracks Lizard through the Fish Market, our environments are sure to trigger his Spidey senses: our world is richer, denser, and packed with detail, from particles to enhanced textures. The lighting also gets an upgrade, casting more dramatic shadows and reflections along the walls and pipes; Meanwhile, spatial 3D audio creates unique soundscapes around you. Additionally, we’re heightening the immersion in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 with our unique use of the DualSense wireless controller, including a range of haptics and spectacular use of adaptive triggers.
Whether you’re sneaking around the countryside or exploring the city streets, Marvel’s New York comes to life in ways only possible on the PlayStation 5 console.
be bigger together
Working together, the Spider-Men must pursue Lizard and fight off the Hunters seeking his capture. Unfortunately for them, Kraven is well equipped: boats, airlifts, and weapons are keeping an eye on Lizard. The Great Hunt continues along the East River, one of the new areas you can traverse in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, and the action is fierce: Miles dismantles vehicles in his wake while Peter Parker leads the chase from afar.
You’ll seamlessly switch between the two Spider-Men across a variety of story moments in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. Spider man.
Give me what I desire…
No combination of words can fully convey how excited we are to finally show you Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 after all this time. We’re excited to give you this first glimpse of what we’ve been working on all these years and we hope you’re as thrilled as we are.
We know you’ve been patiently waiting for more information about the game, including when you’ll be playing it at home. While we can’t confirm a date today, we’re on track for Fall 2023 and hope to be able to share a final release date soon. Stay tuned for future updates to Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, including edition information and pre-orders.