Sony has revealed the first gameplay trailer for Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a sort-of sequel to Spider-Man PS4 that will launch on the PS5 in the holiday season at the end of 2020.
Early reports suggested that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is more of an expansion than a full game in its own right. But we now know this is not true: it is a new game, but it's not the fully-fledged sequel to Spider-Man PS4.
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The original Spidey game from Insomniac ended with some pretty big teases of the future, and it sounds like the sequel will pick up those dangling threads: Miles Morales' newfound powers will be a central focus of the new game, with Peter Parker perhaps taking more of a backseat.
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But what do we actually know about Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales? Here's everything you need to know...
Spider-Man: Miles Morales ray-tracing comparison video
One of the PS5 features we're most excited for is its ray-tracing implementation. This technology will drastically improve lighting and reflections when enabled, and is available in Miles Morales via the Fidelity Mode.
This video, as retweeted by Insomniac's Creative Director Brian Horton, compares Miles Morales gameplay with ray-tracing turned on and off:
The one caveat with Miles Morales' ray-tracing is that it locks the game to 30 FPS, compared to the Performance Modes 60 FPS. While we're inclined to opt for the higher framerate for that fast-paced webslinging, it will be a difficult choice.
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Spider-Man: Miles Morales has no loading screens on PS5
Making use of the PS5's custom SSD, Spider-Man: Miles Morales will feature no loading screens on the next-gen console, according to a feature from GameInformer.
In the previous Spider-Man title, fast travelling between areas of New York triggered a loading screen seeing Spider-Man taking the subway. This screen will still appear in the PS4 version, as will hints and tips during other times when the game has to load.
Aside from this huge revelation, GameInformer also reported that Miles Morales will have two separate modes: Performance Mode and Fidelity Mode.
Performance Mode will allow the game to run in 4K/60fps, but will not utilise ray tracing. Fidelity Mode, on the other hand, will run in 4K/30fps while using ray tracing and other visual enhancements.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales boss fight footage
Game Informer also released a first look at Miles' first boss fight, in which he takes on the classic Spidey villain, Rhino.
Fans will also be surprised to see that Peter Parker also features in this trailer, although he does not appear in the boss fight with Rhino...
Is Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Miles Morales?
In a previous blog post, Insomniac's Creative Director, Brian Horton referenced the questions fans were asking about whether Peter Parker will make an appearance in the upcoming game.
Horton emphasised that the studio is not finished with Peter Parker's plotline, stating that "we still have much of Peter's story to tell. But this game is all about Miles,a critical part of our Spider-Man universe, and you won’t want to miss what happens."
Indeed, it appears Peter's cameo during the beginning of Miles Morales is short-lived, with GameInformer's piece reporting that after being pretty beaten up in a fight, Peter joins Mary Jane Watson on a reporting trip abroad with the Daily Bugle, leaving New York in Miles' capable hands for a few months.
It seems that Insomniac may be using Spider-Man: Miles Morales to set up a potential Spider-Man 2 or Spider-Man PS5 that will say players take charge of both Miles and Peter.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales gameplay reveal trailer
Following the latest PS5 reveal event, Insomniac finally gave us a detailed look at Spider-Man: Miles Morales' gameplay and storyline.
The footage, which you can see below, sees Miles fighting enemies from the Underground and fictional Roxxon Corporation on Braithwaite Bridge as the Underground attempts to steal NuForm energy canisters.
This fight came after trouble brewed at a rally for Rio Morales' (Miles' mother) political campaign, set in snowy Harlem one year after the original Spider-Man game.
Much of the gameplay builds on the Spider-Man PS4 engine, albeit with its own additional remixes and extra mechanics.
You can see full the trailer below:
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Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition includes Spider-Man PS4 Remaster
An official post on the PlayStation blog post now confirms that the original Spider-Man PS4 will be remastered for the PS5 in a Miles Morales: UItimate Edition!
The remaster includes the base game and its DLC packs, alongside improved graphics and lighting, ray traced reflections and 60 FPS in gameplay in Performance Mode!
This comes after a recent edition of GameInformer claimed that Spider-Man: Miles Morales "comes bundled with a remastered version of Insomniac's Spider-Man that takes full advantage of the PS5 hardware."
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Spider-Man: Miles Morales price
Despite concerns that next-gen games will be more expensive, Spider-Man: Miles Morales will cost $49.99.
The Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition will cost $69.99.
Spider-Man PS5 release date
Despite the gameplay trailer not including any specific date aside from Holiday 2020, Spider-Man: Miles Morales will release as a launch title for the PS5, as clarified by Geoff Keighley.
This means that fans will be able to start playing the latest Spider-Man title on November 12, although, given the PS5's staggered release date, not everyone will get the game on their next-gen console at the same time...
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Will Spider-Man PS5 be on PS4?
If Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is going to be a PS5 experience first and foremost, you might be wondering whether it will also be playable on PS4.
While we initially believed the game would be a next-gen exclusive, the recent PlayStation blog post confirmed the game would also come to PS4. The PS4 version will also be supported on the PS5 via the next-gen upgrade path.
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Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a new game, not an expansion
Sony's Simon Rutter caused some confusion when he told The Telegraph, "I guess you could call it an expansion and an enhancement to the previous game."
But reports since then have suggested that Miles Morales actually is a new game, rather than a remaster or a DLC chapter of the previous game.
As the world-renowned games journalist Jason Schreier has clarified on Twitter, "It is a brand-new, standalone game similar in scope to Uncharted Lost Legacy."
However, if this news disappoints you because you were excited to play Spider-Man PS4 on the PS5, don't lose hope...
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Spider-Man: Miles Morales Interview
Insomniac's Creative Director, Brian Horton, recently penned an update on Spider-Man: Miles Morales for the PlayStation.Blog website. In the blog post, Horton gave a larger insight to what the game would be about. Here's the breakdown.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales Setting
Much like the original Spider-Man PS4 game, the latest title is set in New York City, although it appears there will be an increased focus on Harlem where Miles now lives.
Miles Morales is set approximately a year after the events of the first game, just before Christmas. Horton was keen to emphasise the game's winter setting that will see New York filled with snow, which should make for some pretty unique new missions.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales Story
As we have only had the teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Miles Morales, we don't know that much about how story of the game will unfold.
What Horton did reveal was that "a war between an energy corporation and a high-tech criminal army has broken out". The energy corporation in question is likely the fictional Roxxon Corporation, seen in many Marvel comics including Spider-Man.
As for the criminal army, there are many groups this could refer to, including the Sable International armed forces that were a large part of Spider-Man PS4.
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Spider-Man: Miles Morales PS5 game box art
Although the fans have come up with some arguably-better ideas, Sony has laid down its official box art for Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS5...
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One of the biggest rumours we've heard about Spider-Man PS5 stemmed from a 'leak' on Reddit, which the original poster later admitted to totally making up - it was fake news, but that doesn't mean it didn't raise some interesting ideas.
The Reddit rumours suggested that Spider-Man PS5 would take place at night, and that the game would feature Venom-like Symbiote variants for every suit in the game. Only time will tell if there was any truth to those predictions.
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Spider-Man: Miles Morales 30FPS
Even though the PS5 is seemingly capable of handling super silky frame rates such as 60 FPS or perhaps even 120 FPS, the rumour mill seems to strongly suggest that Insomniac is developing Spider-Man: Miles Morales to run in the current-gen standard of 30 FPS.
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Spider-Man: Miles Morales 60 FPS in 4K
While Miles Morales may run at 30 FPS, Insomniac announced that their sequel is able to run at 60 FPS in 4K when played in the optional Performance Mode.
Spider-Man PS5 graphics
The ray-tracing tech of the PS5 will improve graphics across the board, and Spider-Man: Miles Morales could be one of the first games to really show this off.
Rumours that Mysterio is set to appear in the game are sure to conjure images of incredible magical abilities being displayed on the screen for Spider-Man to interact with. It's easy to imagine black symbiote suits looking epic, too, if they turn out to be included.
But ray-tracing isn't just about those big, flashy moments: it will also improve lighting and realism in general, making the whole of New York look more lifelike. It will also enable the weather in the game to look stunning.
If you remember a certain overblown 'controversy' from the build-up to Spider-Man PS4, let us assure you of this one thing: Insomniac probably won't need to shrink any puddles this time!
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Spider-Man PS5 features
The PS5 DualSense controller has a lot of features that the PS4 DualShock controller did not, and they could make Spider-Man PS5 gameplay even more immersive than the previous game.
Haptic feedback is the evolved form of the rumble vibrations, and this advancement should mean that you feel every thwip from the web-shooters and every whack from the villains in more physical ways than ever before.
The adaptive triggers, which developers can make more or less sensitive depending on the situation, could have an impact too: swinging through a clear sky should be easier than swinging through a snowstorm, for instance, and powerful combo attacks should be slicker than usual to deploy if you're wearing a more high-tech suit.
And let's not forget about the PS5 Create button, which is believed to be a vast improvement on the Share button. Could it give Spider-Man PS5 Photo Mode a major upgrade, perhaps allowing players to create GIFs in the game?
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Spider-Man PS5 soundscape with 3D Audio
And finally, there's one PS5 feature that sometimes gets forgotten about, but could make this game feel really different from its predecessor: the addition of 3D audio.
This tech advancement allows developers to create truly detailed soundscapes in three dimensions, essentially taking surround sound to whole new levels of immersion.
As Spidey swings through New York, you could hear cries for help from numerous directions at once as well as background chatter from every possible angle. This could create some truly challenging decisions - who do you save when you can hear so many people in danger?
This is one of the many ways in which Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS5 could put the player into Spidey's head more than ever before. It should be amazing.
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