Marvel's Spider-Man is one of the best-selling and highest-rated PlayStation exclusives that Sony has seen in years.
The company's partnership with Marvel and Insomniac Studios resulted in one of the most impressive titles to come to the PS4 platform this generation, and was an overnight success commercially and critically.
Managing to tow the line between intense action, impactful storytelling and player freedom with ease, Insomniac's interpretation of the mouthy web-slinger left players wanting more… much, much more.
Luckily, then, It's never been a question of 'if' Insomniac would make another game in the series, but rather 'when' – and that question may have been answered, at least in part, earlier this week.
Reddit user v17447377posted a leak that seems to suggest the game will be launching 'Holiday 2021'.
Apparently, this information comes from a source "close to Insomniac games" and even comes with a little bit of story information to try to promote the idea that this news is, in fact, legit.
The leak suggests that the sequel will once again be set in Manhattan (you'd hope so – you can't really have Spidey without Manhattan!) albeit this time the world will be a little larger and will include new areas like Queens and Brooklyn.
Say goodbye to that lovely summer weather we saw in the first game, too, because apparently this new title will show off what Winter in New York is like (read: brutal).
Though story details are vague in the post, but they hint towards more Marvel properties being folded into the game (not just traditional Spider-Man entities this time) and the presence of clones, to boot.
Further to that, Insomniac is also rumoured to be experimenting with different kinds of game setups in the title, potentially expanding the various street crime encounters from the first game into a more dynamic, reactive mechanic.
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Depending on where you are in the city, and what state the world is in, you may find Insomniac will drop in "different types of crimes in different situations with randomized encounters."
It sounds like a more exciting take on the living, breathing open world than we got last time – something we're always going to be OK with.
Finally, in case there was ever any doubt, the rumours suggest that we will indeed be getting this new game on the PlayStation 5.
Insomniac is working hard on the tech side of things, and the reddit post claims Insomniac has undertaken "major engine work" and is "adopting more technological advances" as development progresses.
This rumour actually backs up previous reports we've heard about the game potentially coming to PS5 for late 2021.
Thanks to some info from Kinda Funny Games’ Imran Khan back in December 2019, it looks like we might know a little bit more about the sequel's PlayStation 5 launch (which is apparently going to miss the Holiday 2020 release date of the console).
“Spider-Man 2 is probably not coming at [PS5] launch,” Khan said on a recent episode of the Kinda Funny Gamescast.
“I think it’s a Christmas 2021 title.”
We'll let you know as soon as Insomniac or Sony announce anything about the game.
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