E3 2016: The web-slinger swings back into action on PS4

As E3 is underway in LA, many new and exciting video games are getting announced. One of the most surprising, at least to comic fans, came near the end of Sony’s conference.

The video opened with the Insomniac Games logo, and I was already excited. Following it was a tracking shot of a Manhattan street with narration by someone, talking about being a hero who is just “a guy from Queens”. I figured I knew what this was, but then the Marvel logo appeared and confirmed it. For the next minute or so, I…ahem…lost my shit.

Spidey’s back!

Insomniac Games, creators of the Ratchet and Clank franchise and the Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive, are the developers behind this game which is a new partnership between themselves, Marvel and Sony. This new deal follows Activision losing the Marvel license, which they have held since 1998, in 2014.

While there have not been many details released outside of the trailer, it has been confirmed this is a stand alone game and is not a tie in with the upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming film. In fact, this one follows an older, more experienced Peter Parker, trying to balance his crime fighting with his job and life. This is in contrast with the teenage Peter currently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The game will feature a fully explorable open world for Spidey to swing across, like many of the best Spider-Man titles from the past, along with his iconic acrobatic combat. Reportedly, Marvel’s new directive is to “make epic games”, and from the look of the visuals, combat, traversal and environments shown in the trailer, they are off to a great start.

With Sony publishing this title, it has been confirmed that it will be a Playstation exclusive. Unfortunately, there is no projected release date, or even a window. The only details we have on that topic at all is that the game is  “Currently in development for PS4”.

Hopefully the game arrives sooner rather than later, because I can’t wait to break out the old web shooters and start swinging through NYC once again.

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