Spider-Man successor Miles Morales will play a larger role than many of us, including the game’s developers, thought in the upcoming PS4 Spider-Man.
Morales was first revealed to be in the game during its E3 2017 trailer. The character was saved until the very end of the trailer, and didn’t do much apart from watch in awe as the Peter Parker version of Spider-Man saved the city. Many assumed this meant Morales had little more than a tangental role in the game, but as creative director Bryan Intihar revealed in a recent interview with GamesTM (magazine issue #195), Morales has a much bigger part to play than he did originally.
“Miles didn’t start out with as big of a role as he has now,” Intihar said. “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.”
Intihar elaborated on the connection between Morales and the game’s protagonist, Peter Parker.
“Miles is younger than Peter, and what they experience, and how they get into each other’s live is pretty unique. I said off the bat that we wanted to make a unique Spider-Man universe, one that obviously takes cues from the comics and movies, but also does something unique and different… I’m pretty excited about him and where we take him. It’s going to be something. It’s going to surprise people.”
On the gameplay side of things, Inthar touched on the feel of the game’s movement. The developer has been putting more focus into Spider-Man’s speed and animation variety to create a balance between skill and accessibility when traversing the “concrete jungle gym” of New York City.
Two of the things we’ve been working on are the sense of speed and adding a lot more variety to our animations. So you’ll see more of the classic poses that you’ve seen from the comics, but also just a lot more flair and sense of style.
This is a concrete jungle gym that he is flying through. We obviously want to have a level of accessibility, but then also some skill in it. Since this is Spider-Man eight years later, there’s a sense of experience with Peter doing this…There should be a sense of expression in his movement, and that’s something we keep adding on.
Spider-Man does not currently have a release date, but its PS4-exclusive launch is expected to land sometime in the first half of 2018.
This release window may be overly ambitious, however, as Rise of the Tomb Raider game director Brian Horton recently took the position of design director on Spider-Man, according to a post on Twitter. It would seem unnecessary for developer Insomniac Games to bring on a new design director if it was really that close to release.
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