Spider-Man for the PS4 has been teased for two years now, following a grand reveal back at E3
Here's everything we know about the game, from the first announcement trailer up to the gameplay reveal at E3 2018 and the latest release date news.
Spider-Man PS4 release date and platforms
Following years of development and teasers from Sony, the company finally confirmed that Spider-Man will be released on 7 September 2018. Following the announcement of a release date, Amazon opened pre-orders for the game, which is a PS4 exclusive.
As you'd expect, there are a few pre-order bonuses and special editions of the game to look out for. Anyone who pre-orders the game gets a pack of three special costumes - the Velocity Suit, Iron Spider Suit, and Spider-Punk outfit - though Sony has clarified that anyone can also unlock these through normal gameplay.
There's more than that though. Buy the £59.99 special edition of the game (UK only) and you'll also get an art book, sticker and steelbook case, while if you stump up for the £129.99/$149.99 collector's edition you get all of that plus a Spider-Man statue and the post-launch City Never Sleeps DLC.
There's also a special edition of the PlayStation 4 itself on the way, with a limited edition red version of the PS4 Pro emblazoned with the Spider-Man logo on the way - together with a matching controller and a copy of the game itself, along with the City Never Sleeps DLC. You can pre-order that now for $399.99 in the US. We can't find any pre-orders yet in the UK, but it has been confirmed that the limited edition console will come out here.
It comes out just a few months before the next Spider-Man movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, though that animated film will feature Miles Morales as the webslinger rather than Peter Parker.
Spider-Man PS4 gameplay news
We saw our first gameplay clip from Spider-Man during E3 2017, and now have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
The nine-minute clip shows off a mission in which Spider-Man intervenes in a fight between two rival criminal gangs. In many ways, the game looks to have taken inspiration from Rocksteady's successful Batman: Arkham games, with a blend of stealth and larger melee brawls.
Spider-Man can use his agility and webbing to sneak around enemies before incapacitating them one at a time, though the bright daytime setting means there's less of a focus on hiding in the shadows than in the Batman titles.
When a fight becomes inevitable, Spidey looks to be as agile as you'd hope, flipping around, throwing bad guys up into the air, and using webbing to immobilise some goons while he takes others on head-on. The webbing can also be used to throw nearby objects like bricks, and at one point even swing around a giant metal girder to take out a group of enemies in one go.
The latter half of the footage takes more inspiration from Uncharted, with an exciting semi-cinematic chase sequence replete with quick-time events as Spider-Man works to save civilians, take down his enemies, and dodge obstacles in the environment.
Oh, and stick around to end of the video for a tease about the appearance of a certain well-known Spider-Man character who we suspect may have a bigger role to play in the game...
Following the E3 trailer, Sony showcased another teaser trailer during its' PGW 2017 presentation. The trailer gives us a glimpse of what Peter Parker is capable of, and shows the moment that Spider-man and Miles Morales were brought together to protect New York City.
The trailer can be seen below.
In an interview with GamesTM, creative director Bryan Intihar revealed that Miles Morales will have a much bigger presence than originally anticipated. “Miles didn’t start out with as big of a role as he has now,” Intihar explained.
“But as we started doing more research on the character, I went back and just started reading more and more and more. I’ll be honest, I just fell in love with the character. Just like MJ can provide a different perspective on the world, I thought Miles and his relationship to Peter brings something different.”
How might it bring something different? “Miles is younger than Peter, and what they experience, and how they get into each other’s lives is pretty unique. I said off the bat that we wanted to make a unique Spider-Man universe" Intihar explained.
Game Informer also provided details about gameplay, more specifically about the gadgets available to Spidey. Being developed by Insomniac Games, the brains behind Ratchet & Clank and Spyro the Dragon, you can bet that there will be an impressive range of gizmos on offer. The publication revealed that you'll have a set of gadgets that you'll be able to upgrade throughout the course of the game, and that it'll include Tripwire, Web Bomb and, most impressively, a Spider-Drone.
The tripwire works as you'd expect it to; it's a mine triggered when somebody walks past and trips the wire. The Web Bomb does what it says on the tin; it'll explode where it lands, sending a shower of webbing in every direction that'll take care of any nearby enemies. The Spider-Drone is the coolest gadget so far, as it's much like a normal drone with one difference - it fires webbing strong enough to distract and even incapacitate enemies.
There will be other gadgets available too, so don't worry if those don't sound like your cup of tea.
The next look at Spider-Man's gameplay came courtesy of Sony's E3 2018 presentation. The eight-minute clip gives us a decent look at combat in the game, along with one of the most satisfying features; web-slinging. We won't spoil it for you though, as you can watch the full gameplay demo below.
San Diego Comic-Con 2018 brought yet another glimpse of the game, this time focusing on the story and revealing another of the game's expansive selection of villains: deadly mercenary Silver Sable. There's no actual gameplay footage this time around though, so only watch if you want to get a glimpse of how the plot might unfold:
It's worth clarifying that the game won't be based on the Spider-Man: Homecoming film or have any connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that it will feature a more experienced Spidey rather than a young Peter Parker.
Finally, this is separate from the upcoming 'Avengers Project' games from Square-Enix, and won't be part of the same shared universe.