Developers at Insomniac Games promise a different version of Peter Parker when he swings into action during the Spider-Man PS4 exclusive. Just like Bruce Wayne to Batman and Clark Kent to Superman, Peter Parker was always going to have a big part to play in the upcoming open-world adventure game. Instead of just recycling old character traits, Spider-Man will reinvent Peter for a whole new generation.
The hype surrounding Spider-Man is at a fever pitch ahead of its September release. From E3's impressive gameplay trailer to confirmation that villains like Venom and heroes like the Fantastic Four won't be appearing, the expansive title is consistently grabbing headlines. With an image of Peter Parker's messy bedroom pictured in Into The Pixel's collection of video game pictures, it left some questioning how much of day-to-day Peter Parker gamers will get to know in the game.
Speaking to Gameractor about the other side of Spider-Man, Insomniac chief brand officer Ryan Schneider revealed who the man behind the mask really is:
"Well you don't have Spider-Man without Peter Parker first and foremost, and our Peter Parker's a little different, like he's graduated college, he's got a job, he's not very tidy. Spider-Man is the master of his craft, he's been doing this for eight years since the origin story that we all know about, but Peter Parker is still Peter Parker. He's just trying to pay the bills, his love life is all over the map, his career is just getting started, and he's just trying to figure out how to manage these relationships in his life."
It has already been confirmed that this Peter Parker is established as a New York vigilante and that Spider-Man won't showcase another junior hero story similar to The Amazing Spider-Man or Spider-Man: Homecoming. That being said, Schneider reminded fans that a more mature Web-Head doesn't mean his life will be any easier:
"So on the one hand he's at the height of his game, and on the other he's just trying to figure it all out, and that's evidenced in that great piece that won the award for Into The Pixel."
In the movies, audiences will know Tobey Maguire's downtrodden version of the character and Tom Holland's more recent bright-eyed turn in the MCU. Hoping to introduce a new Peter Parker yet again, Insomniac has clearly thought about the more mundane side of Spider-Man too. Considering the Insomniac version of Spider-Man is set to appear in Marvel comics' "Spidergeddon" crossover event, there is some serious pressure for this era of the wall-crawling hero to perform well. Either way, it's important that developers haven't simply cast aside Peter Parker to milk more action sequences and boss battles out of the game.
It is a relative contrast to Rocksteady's Arkham games. Although they featured Bruce Wayne in his civilian form, he played a relatively minor part in the franchise and was only playable outside his Batsuit on a couple of occasions. As the Spider-Man teaser trailers have shown, Peter will spend at least some time outside the red and blue spandex. Elsewhere, the inclusion of fan-favorite characters like Aunt May, Miles Morales, and Mary Jane Watson mean that it isn't just the Sinister Six who will get plenty of screen time in Spider-Man. As players get ready to pick up their controllers and play a brand new Peter Parker, here's hoping that Insomniac can deliver a game where the storyline is key and isn't just Spider-Man swinging across the New York skyline.
- Marvel's Spider-Man Game (2018 Video Game) release date: Sep 07, 2018
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