Bringing the curtain down on Sony’s admittedly brief E3 presser this evening was Insomniac’s Spider-Man, which debuted its first gameplay trailer and a surprise cameo from Miles Morales. At almost nine minutes in length, it’s an extensive preview of the studio’s licensed title, one that will no doubt stoke the embers of excitement ahead of that newly-announced 2018 launch window.
It now joins the growing list of PS4 exclusives to fall within the same nebulous release corridor (see: Detroit: Become Human, God of War, the Shadow of the Colossus Remaster), so it’s small wonder why fans are beginning to feel a little anxious. One look at the calendar tells us that, barring Gran Turismo Sport and Level-5’s Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Sony has been left facing another fall window that is relatively sparse on the exclusives front. Third-party content partnerships with Call of Duty: WWII and Destiny 2 will no doubt offset the disappointment ever so slightly, while there’s also Horizon‘s newly-announced expansion, The Frozen Wilds, to look forward to before the year’s end.
Getting back to Spider-Man, though, and Marvel’s Web-Head has undoubtedly become a point of fixation among comic book fans in recent months ahead of the release of Jon Watts’ Homecoming movie – if he wasn’t already. In this particular incarnation of the pop culture icon, Insomniac has placed Spidey on a collision course with Wilson Fisk and his many goons, and today’s gameplay reveal is jam-packed with spectacle, stealth, environmental takedowns and…QTEs.
Harnessing the same gameplay engine of last year’s rather wonderful Ratchet & Clank reboot, Insomniac’s licensed Spider-Man game will now sling onto PlayStation 4 sometime in 2018. Expect additional details to emerge over the coming days but for now, tell us, what do you make of tonight’s gameplay reveal? Sound off in the usual place!