WATCH: New ‘Spider-Man’ game set for September launch
When “Ant-Man and the Wasp” releases from July, it will be the year’s third and final Marvel superhero movie. But just two months later and another insect-homaging vigilante will be setting off on a suite of city-saving adventures via “Marvel’s Spider-Man” on PlayStation 4.
Developed by Insomniac Games of the “Spyro”, “Ratchet & Clank” and “Resistance” franchises, “Marvel’s Spider-Man” features Peter Parker as the webslinging hero except, in contrast to the usual Spidey stories, this Parker is a little older, early 20s rather than late teens, and has become an experienced, frighteningly competent crime-fighter.
The game was first revealed midway through 2016, then brought back for the same E3 presentation the following year and again at Paris Games Week a few months later.
With players encouraged to use environmental objects to aid them both in their navigation around the city and during encounters with enemies, the story puts Spider-Man up against a benevolent, philanthropic businessman who has his own superpowered alter-ego, the villainous Mr. Negative.
PlayStation is encouraging advanced orders before independent hands-on reports are made public, offering three alternative Spider-Man costumes to pre-order customers.
Only one of those has been revealed at the start of this pre-order campaign, a spikey, jacketed spider-punk suit, with the next to be shown “soon” and the third unveiled in July; an in-game Spider-Drone gadget, extra skill points to aid progression, a PS4 background theme and a PlayStation Network avatar are also part of the basic pre-order incentive.
Digital Deluxe and Collector’s Editions have also been presented, the Deluxe edition including a set of three additional chapters (plus suits) and the Collector’s package containing a physical sticker, Spider-Man statue, artbook and steel casing for the game disc. JB
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