Spider-Man: Miles Morales has been announced as one of the games coming to the PlayStation 5. The announcement was made during the Future of Gaming presentation held by PlayStation yesterday. It joins Gran Turismo 7, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and more in an incredible line-up!
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Spider-Man: Miles Morales Teaser Trailer Breakdown
The trailer for Spider-Man: Miles Morales is packed with details at the upcoming title and what’s in store.
Firstly, let’s actually look at Miles. In the trailer, he looks older than he does in 2018’s Spider-Man. Not necessarily a lot older, but definitely a few years. This would suggest that Miles has completed his training as Spider-Man he was promised and has been swinging across New York for a while now.
We also hear Peter Parker saying “now it’s your turn… Go be a hero, Miles.” He sounds strangely calm in his delivery of this line. It’s serious and almost has a defeated tone to it. This might suggest that something has happened to Peter Parker during the time-skip between titles. It would make sense to have something happen to Peter in the narrative, given his prominence as Spider-Man. This would allow Miles to step into the limelight without fear of being overshadowed and also provide his character and fans with an immediate emotional connection to the plotline.
Throughout the trailer, we also get to see Miles in a fairly comic-accurate suit, too! This will be a welcome addition to fans of the character, but some may like to see new takes on his appearance. Spider-Man’s Peter Parker received a newly-designed costume that has since been adopted fully into canon through Into the Spider-Verse. However, this was alongside a host of other classic comic and film appearances.
With any luck, Miles Morales will get the same treatment. He may not have as much of an extensive wardrobe, but every one of his suit designs is a credit to the character designers and fits perfectly amongst its peers.
Miles’ gameplay abilities are also hinted at throughout the trailer as we see a few clips of him in action. Firstly, we get to see Miles use his Venom Strike. If you’ve seen Into The Spider-Verse, you may be familiar with it already. On top of this, electrified webs aren’t even new to the Spider-Man PS4 Universe, but it’s an important distinction in abilities between Peter and Miles.
Venom Strike is a paralyzing electricity attack that Miles can channel and direct through himself.
This attack will most-likely be the key difference between the basic attacks shown in 2018’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Miles Morales. It can be channeled through substances to charge or break them, too! One thing about it that may or may not feature in the game is that Miles often needs a period to recharge after using it. In comic appearances, he finds himself dizzy and useless after using it.
Miles’ camouflaging ability opens up further avenues for stealth gameplay in Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
One thing I found unusual in 2018’s Spider-Man was the amount of stealth gameplay. There were sequences where Peter would crawl through vents. Don’t get me wrong; these were good. On top of this, there were moments where you would have to eliminate opponents without alerting the room, but… I felt like something was missing. Hopefully Miles’ camouflage will allow Insomniac to explore further possibilities within their exciting framework of established gameplay.
As for the people Miles is fighting in the trailer? This could be anyone’s guess. From 2018’s Spider-Man, we know that Norman Osborn and Oscorp could be a safe bet for this! Norman has had his share of the superhero life, and Oscorp is only growing as we reach that games’ conclusion. In addition to this, the spider that bites Miles in 2018’s Spider-Man is of Oscorp invention. This would give him further cause to deal with anything they are doing.
Roxxon Energy Corporation also features as a prominent opponent in Miles’ appearance in Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man. The enemies we see in the trailer appear to be equipped with futuristic-looking energy weapons, so this could also be an option.
What Do We Actually Know About The Game?
Simon Rutter has shed some light on Spider-Man: Miles Morales during a discussion with The Telegraph. Rutter is Sony’s VP head of European Business.
Rather than a full sequel, Spider-Man: Miles Morales seems to be an expansion to Insomniac’s 2018 Spider-Man title.
“I guess you could call it an expansion and an enhancement to the previous game. There’s a substantial Miles Morales component – which is the expansion element – but also within the game as well there’s been major enhancements to the game and the game engine.”
While this is all a promising start, it does raise the question of Spider-Man: Miles Morales’ length. The three-previous DLC packs released for Spider-Man (2018) were all fairly short, realistically offering ten more hours at most to the experience. This doesn’t mean they were bad, at all. In fact, they were a fantastic expansion on the story and offered up a number of new challenges and sought-after suits.
Is Spider-Man: Miles Morales going to be a DLC addition alongside an enhanced version of 2018’s Spider-Man? Or will it be a smaller spin-off in the vein of Uncharted: Lost Legacy and Fallout: New Vegas? At this point, it’s all speculation, but I think it may come as a smaller spin-off. A DLC addition would not do Miles’ character justice.
In addition to this, it seems that Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive.
“ With PS5’s ultra-fast SSD, players can near-instantaneously fast-travel across Marvel’s New York City, or feel the tension of each one of Miles’s web-swings, punches, web shots, and venom blasts with the DualSense wireless controller’s haptic feedback.”
This will come as both welcome (and unwelcome) news to fans of both Spider-Men. It looks like you wont be able to experience this expansion and enhancement unless you fork out the unknown amount for a PS5. However, this also means that it will utilize the PlayStation 5’s technological advancements!
Unfortunately, it seems like this might be all we know at the moment, but with a Holiday 2020 release window, I would expect that we will get to hear more about the title in the near future.
What Could Insomniac Do With Spider-Man: Miles Morales?
Spider-Man: Miles Morales gives Insomniac a fantastic chance to delve deeper into Miles Morales’ character and his own personal connections to create a deeper narrative experience.
In my opinion, 2018’s Spider-Man was nothing new as a fan of both the web-slinger and Marvel. For the most part, it felt impersonal, too. Spider-Man was coming up against some of the most prominent members of his Gallery of Rogues. These were all rivalries and relationships that we have seen time and time again. That doesn’t mean they’re bad, though. I very much enjoyed the game, but something more can be done with Miles’ story. Something better.
2018’s Spider-Man does get a bit emotional towards the end when both MJ and Aunt May yet again get caught in the firing line. However, this is done. We’ve seen it before and frankly expect it to happen.
Miles Morales’ first major villain is The Prowler, his uncle.
Insomniac have to utilize this deeply personal connection here, in my opinion. At some degree, we need to see Miles fight The Prowler and discover the truth behind his identity. Into The Spider-Verse should be the perfect example of how well this can work. It will offer an unmatched level of depth and emotional complexity to the narrative and only enhance the universe in which it is set. It is also something that Peter won’t be able to prepare Miles for; his response to this happening will definitely be a tear-jerker!
Spider-Man: Miles Morales could also be a great opportunity for Insomniac to link the Spider-Man universe to Square Enix’s upcoming Avengers title.
There is no word on whether Spider-man will be appearing in the Avengers game. However, it would be stupid to leave out such a prominent member and popular character from the line-up. This inclusion, alongside Kamala Khan’s prominent role in Avengers, could also hint at the formation of The Champions.
The Champions are a superhero group of younger heroes who feel disillusioned with the Avengers and believe they are better suited to help the world without the politically charged organisation behind them. Kamala Khan leads them, but Miles is a prominent member. It seems unlikely, but with Yuri Lowenthal’s voice acting for Peter Parker being used in multiple video game series… It could happen. Avengers promises to add additional characters through a series of content drops post-launch. With Spider-Man: Miles Morales coming out a few months after, it could be the perfect time to release him for Avengers, too.