Arguably one of the most anticipated superhero video game titles ever, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 arrives not only with great fanfare but also standing atop the lofty shoulders of its two fantastic predecessors, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Bigger and more ambitious in every way, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 looks set to be a marquee superhero extravaganza when it releases this October.
Be sure to keep this guide in your favourites as we cover everything you need to know about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 including the release date, PC release, gameplay details, latest trailer, and more.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Release Date
The Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 release date has officially been confirmed as October 20, 2023. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is set to have a full release on PlayStation 5, where it will launch as a console exclusive for Sony’s current generation platform. Despite both Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales releasing on PlayStation 4, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will not see a release on Sony’s last-gen console.
What about the PC Release?
While a Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 PC release has yet to be confirmed, it would seem only to be a matter of time until it is. With Sony aggressively bringing great swathes of its PlayStation Studios portfolio to PC, including the recent likes of The Last of Us Part 1 and of course both Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales, this would seem to be very much a matter of ‘when’, rather than ‘if’, so stay tuned.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Story
Set ten months after the events chronicled in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, this Spidey sequel reunites both Peter Parker and Miles Morales as the latter is now much more comfortable in his superhero role, while the former welcomes his much missed friend, Harry Osborn back to the sprawl of the Big Apple after an extended time away. Naturally, it isn’t long before some really, really bad dudes show up and seemingly the first of these is Kraven the Hunter, the leader of a band of mercenaries known as ‘The Hunters’, Kraven finds himself drawn to New York City as he hunts down super-powered individuals such as Miles Morales and Peter Parker.
Of course the wild card in all of this is Venom, an alien symbiote that has found its way to earth and when it melds with a host, amplifies their primal strengths and aggression often at the expense of just about everything else. Naturally because Peter Parker can never seem to have a good day, Venom soon melds with Peter, forcing him to confront the darker side of himself that will seek justice at seemingly any cost – including that of his friends’ well-being. To drive home the point that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 would impart a darker tale, Marvel Games head honcho Bill Rosemann has previously described the narrative of Insomniac’s Spidey squeal as being ‘a little darker’, likening the tone to Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back in something of an eyebrow raising revelation.
The breadth and width of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’s narrative is such that it boasts a gargantuan cast of characters when compared to its predecessors. Here is every confirmed character for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2:
- Ganke Lee
- Harry Osborn
- Lizard (Curt Connors)
- Mary-Jane Watson
- Martin Li/Mister Negative
- Norman Osborn
- Rio Morales
- Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
- Wraith (Yuri Watanabe)
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Gameplay
On the whole, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 doesn’t stray from the open-world, third-person platforming combat shenanigans that cemented the two previous games in the series as some of the best superhero video games ever made. As such, players can certainly expect to be swinging around a pristine digital rendition of New York City, beating up all manner of gangsters and supervillains, all the while completing a range of side missions, main missions and additional activities.
In terms of the new stuff, one of the biggest new features that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 brings to the table, is that it allows players to switch between Peter Parker and Miles Morales on the fly whenever you’re freely roaming the massive urban expanse of New York City. More than that, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 also has bespoke missions and activities for each of the Spider-Men too, providing Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 with the sort of dynamically integrated narrative that was missing from the previous two games in the series. Furthering the hugely enjoyable combat of the two previous Marvel’s Spider-Man titles, both Peter Parker and Miles Morales now have the ability to parry incoming attacks – a crucial new feature since certain foes have attacks that our collective Spider-Men will be unable to evade.
Elsewhere, traversal has seen a massive upgrade thanks to the addition of Web Wings to the Spidey suits which both Miles and Peter use, allowing them to swoop across the city and cover far more ground than they otherwise would be able to. As one might well expect, the skill trees from the previous games have also seen a sizable expansion, with a range of additional gadgets, mods and new abilities all neatly augmenting the capabilities of our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Men. Whether it’s the Web Line web-shooter mod that allows our heroes to shoot a line between two surfaces to create an additional pathway above enemies during a stealth section, or the Web Grabber that can silently neutralise a number of foes at once, players will be glad to see that the creative latitude for Spidey shenanigans in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is pleasingly broad.
Bolstering all of this yet further still, is the addition of a third skill tree which enables the development of shared skills between Miles Morales and Peter Parker, deepening still the progression that is available to players in this regard. It doesn’t even end there either, because when Peter finds himself connected to the Venom symbiote, he gains additional web and tendril based attacks to boot as well. Put simply, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 looks to exceed the previous two games in the series in just about every way.
Where Can I Watch The Latest Trailer?
The latest trailer for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is available to watch right now and you can catch it above. Zeroing in on Insomniac’s massively improved take on New York City, this latest trailer for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 delves into the sizable upgrades that this digital rendition of the Big Apple has received, from the additional two boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, through to the improved traversal methods and much more besides.