A lot of new games were announced at Sony's E3 2016 conference, including Days Gone, God of War and a brand-new Spider-Man game for PS4 - all due for release in 2018. It has now been confirmed Spider-Man will arrive on 7 September.
Here's everything we know about the game, from the first announcement trailer up to the gameplay reveal at E3 2017 and the latest release date rumours.
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.
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.
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.