Last week's surprise announcement that Insomniac were working on a standalone Miles Morales game was pretty amazing, but the nature of the reveal left fans with more questions than was potentially necessary.
Comments from a Sony executive that the game would be more an "expansion" or "remaster" than an out and out sequel were misinterpreted, and now Insomniac have taken the time to clarify what exactly Spider-Man: Miles Morales is all about, lifting the lid on plot details, the game's length, and even a tease of the story's villains.
Writing for the official PlayStation blog, Spider-Man: Miles Morales creative director Brian Horton confirmed that the title would be a full standalone experience, similar in scale to Uncharted: Lost Legacy "in terms of overall scope". Horton also revealed how Insomniac are channelling the power of the PS5 for the new title, stating that the game will "show off near-instant loading, ray-tracing, 3D audio and the DualSense controller", while characters have been "upgraded with 4D scans", and the city's assets have also been given a fresh lick of paint.
By far the most interesting details Horton disclosed however were to do with the game's story:
"Let’s set the scene for the game a little more. It’s now wintertime, about a year after the events of the first game. Marvel’s New York is covered in snow, and just before Christmas break, a war between an energy corporation and a high-tech criminal army has broken out. Miles’s new home in Harlem is at the heart of the battle."Advertisement
So, what we have here are a few confirmations - some concrete, others tacit. For starters, we now know the game is set a full year and not a few months after the events of 2018's Spider-Man game. Miles is now also living in Harlem, which implies we may not see Brooklyn as fans had initially hoped. That said, the conflict between "an energy corporation and a high-tech criminal army" is cause for excitement, as it heavily implies that the villainous Roxxon corporation could be one of the main antagonists in the game.
In the comics, Roxxon are pretty much the baddest corporation in the Marvel universe, and their offices were visible in Spider-Man PS4. They also have a unique link to Miles Morales in that they were major antagonists in the original Ultimate series he made his debut in. There, they engaged in cloning, super soldier programs and even stuff related to the symbiotes, which is all very exciting and obviously relevant, given the forces at play in the 2018 game.
That particular arc saw Miles team up with the Ultimate versions of Spider-Woman, Cloak and Dagger, but it remains to be seen if they'll make it into Insomniac's rendition of the Marvel universe. As for the "high-tech criminal army" - it's possible the Tinkerer or AIM could be involved, although the involvement of the latter in Crystal Dynamics' upcoming Avengers title may preclude them from appearing.
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