Fans of Spider-Man have plenty of reasons to be excited. At long last, the Web Head is now a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Tom Holland making his debut in Captain America: Civil War. As Holland teams up with director Jon Watts and a star-studded ensemble on Spider-Man: Homecoming, there’s also an animated Spider-Man project coming in 2018 from the minds of Phil Lord and Chris Miller. This boom of media with Your Friendly Neighborhood goes beyond the big screen; PlayStation 4 owners are going to get in on the fun.
During E3 last month, Sony and Insomniac Games unveiled a trailer for a triple-A Spider-Man game, which is going by Spider-Man PS4 until the official title is announced. The preview showcased classic Spidey action as the wall crawler swung through the streets of New York, stopping crime using his wide array of powers. Though there is some disappointment over the game’s status as a PS4 exclusive, many gamers were nonetheless very excited by what they saw. Unfortunately, they’re going to have to wait a while to bring Spider-Man home.
A fan on Twitter asked the official Insomniac Games account if Spider-Man PS4 had a release date (after a placeholder was included on an online posting). According to the company, they have no plans to reveal one any time soon:
@terryleelife All we said was there was no release date. Likely not going to announce one anytime soon.— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) July 6, 2016
Granted, this is a rather vague statement that makes it difficult to peg exactly when the game will hit shelves. There are those who will interpret this as Spider-Man PS4 being years away (possibly to coincide with the release of the animated film), but Insomniac says they are still working on developing the title and want to wait until they’re closer to completing it before they confirm anything. Depending on how things shake up, Spider-Man PS4 could very well come out in December 2017 (as GameStop has listed) or wait longer to see the light of day.
This will no doubt be frustrating for fans who were eager to play the game following the E3 presentation. However, when it comes to video games, it’s best if the developers take their time to make sure the product is as strong as can be. Last year, Star Wars: Battlefront was criticized for its lack of content, and EA later admitted that they rushed the title to meet a fall 2015 release window. Insomniac Games has built a strong reputation with players thanks to their highly entertaining games such as Ratchet & Clank. They understand that expectations are high for Spider-Man PS4 and want to ensure that consumers get the best experience possible.
Jay Ong, Marvel’s vice president of games, said that Spider-Man PS4 is supposed to usher in a “new era” of “epic” titles based on the House of Idea’s superheroes. It would be anticlimactic then, if the first one out the gates was a letdown. There’s obviously a lot of potential in this medium for these characters, and with the movies turning out better than ever, it’s only fitting if the games follow suit. Hopefully Spider-Man PS4 can live up to its promise and deliver a great Spider-Man adventure.
We’ll keep you updated on Spider-Man PS4 as more information becomes available.
Source: Insomniac Games