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Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: release date, trailers, gameplay, and more

Spider-Man is one of the most recognizable superheroes in the world. His popularity in media is hard to overstate, as he is the focus of ongoing films, comics, multiple animated series, and, of course, video games. The web-slinger has been on home consoles ever since the Atari days, and each new generation has given us better and better games. The most recent game, Marvel’s Spider-Man, which paired the comic book hero with the perfect developer (Insomniac Games) to handle this acrobatic, sarcastic neighborhood hero, was a smash-hit in every respect. Critics praised it, fans loved it, and it sold like crazy. Plus, it probably was a major contributing factor in Sony’s outright purchase of the studio. Naturally, we all knew a sequel had to be coming.

When the PlayStation 5 launched, we got a standalone expansion of sorts in Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which let us play as the new spider on the block in his own story. Now the focus has been set on the proper, full sequel, which looks to take everything from the original game and the expansion and combine it all into a truly amazing new Spider-Man (Spider-Men?) title. We’ve only had a handful of looks at the game, but we’ve used our spider senses to untangle all the information there is about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

Release date

Venom poses for the camera.
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Spider-Man 2 will arrive on PS5 on October 20, 2023.

Platforms

Spider-Man attacks an enemy while wearing a metal spider suit in Spider-Man 2.
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It was confirmed via a PlayStation blog post that  Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will be a PS5 exclusive. This is the first major Sony first-party game that won’t also be coming to PS4. Insomniac’s Ryan Schneider, head of franchise strategy and studio relations, wrote, “We’re so thrilled to continue the journey of both Peter Parker and Miles Morales in their most epic single-player adventure yet, coming exclusively to PlayStation 5 consoles in 2023.” So, sorry PS4 folks, hopefully you can get your hands on the new console before this game launches in the fall.

PC is another platform that Sony has begun experimenting with bringing its first-party games to, including Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone, and now, both Spider-Man games. However, these often take years to come over, if at all, so for now, just assume the PS5 is the only way to play Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

Trailers

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 - PlayStation Showcase 2021: Reveal Trailer | PS5

We got a purely cinematic trailer during the PlayStation Showcase in September 2022, which was our first true confirmation of the game’s existence. The trailer is quick, but packed with details to dig into.

The trailer opens with narration by the person that Spidey fans strongly believe to be the villain, Kraven the Hunter. The Russian villain was introduced as trying to hunt and defeat Spider-Man to prove that he is the greater hunter. That lines up with many of the narration lines here that speak about finding a true foe worthy of his time. Still, with no visual to go with the voice, this is still speculative.

As the narration goes on, we see both Peter and Miles taking down thugs in the streets. Peter uses his gadgets, specifically the Iron Spider limbs, despite the suit not being the Iron Spider design, and Miles has his venom powers to shock enemies. They team up, webbing a thug together before the narration comes to a close as the camera pulls in on a dark alley. This is where we learn the narration may not be talking about Peter and Miles when the narrator says, “… one of you finally give me what I desire?” The real villain, Venom, replies in a gravelly voice, “Yes. We will.”

We only see a bit of a street and an alley, but we are left wondering if this game will expand the map to go beyond the main New York setting.

Speaking of voices, while we never hear Peter or Miles, both Yuri Lowenthal and Jadji Jeter will return to play their respective Spider-Men, while Venom will be played by Candyman actor Tony Todd.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 | Gameplay Reveal

The PlayStation Showcase 2023 highlighted Kraven the Hunter’s motivation for coming to New York to find a worthy hunting target. Of course, that means Spider-Man.

Queens is a new location added that will be explorable, and it’s where we meet up with Spider-Man donning the symbiote suit. As expected, he is far more aggressive in both attacks and how he communicates with friend and foe. He and Miles chase down The Lizard, trying to capture him before Kraven’s men can since they believe him to be the only one who can save Harry. While Lizard escapes at the end of the trailer, Miles does manage to get a tracker on him.

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 - Story Trailer | PS5 Games

For as much as we’ve seen about Spider-Man 2, we technically didn’t get a story trailer until SDCC 2023. This trailer focuses heavily on Harry, who was only mentioned and very briefly teased in the original game. He’s back now and appears to be cured from whatever illness he had. While many think Harry may eventually bind with Venom, we do know that it at least won’t be at the start of the game since the gameplay trailer mentioned Harry needing The Lizard (Dr. Connors) to help cure him. Speaking of Connors, he appears to be one of the first on the scene of the Symbiote’s crash site, meaning its origins may be faithful to the comics.

Despite this, there is a lot hinting at Harry becoming Venom later on. The most notable example in the trailer is this line to Peter, “I need you with me, Pete. We’re going to heal the world.” The latter sentence is repeated by Venom near the end of the trailer.

Gameplay

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 - Expanded Marvel's New York | PS5 Games

Thanks to the gameplay trailer, we do know that both Peter and Miles will be playable in this sequel. At key moments, a button prompt will swap the player to the other character, although we also learned that you can instantly swap between the two whenever you like while exploring the open world. What we saw first was a linear mission, but we now know that the new map is roughly twice as large as the original and includes Queens and Brooklyn.

We didn’t see much in terms of dynamic team-up moves like the cinematic trailer showed, but the two definitely team up to pull off scripted, set piece moves.

It also touched on the gadgets and venom powers being shown off, and it looks like Peter has the ability to wear one suit while using the ability of a different suit’s power. The gameplay trailer only showed him wearing the symbiote suit, so that is based only on the cinematic trailer for now. Miles, on the other hand, does retain his venom powers, plus now has access to gadgets, like Peter did in the original game.

The biggest change to gameplay is going to be related to the symbiote suit Spider-Man is wearing. This gives him a suite of new tendril powers we’ve seen — and likely plenty more. New enemies include Kraven’s hunters, as well as some robotic animals.

For traversal, both now have wingsuit-style gliding abilities and the normal web-swinging to make zipping across New York much more engaging and dynamic.

Side missions return, and can be viewed using special AR googles that highlight them on the screen. Some are character specific, while others can be completed with either webslinger. Instead of just offering XP and loot rewards like before, these are much more dynamic and will reveal more information on the game’s villains and unique encounters.

Once again, tons of unlockable suits will be available. This time, there will be 65 suits in total between Peter and Miles, however, a new Suit Styles system promises over 200 unique ways to customize them in design and color.

Multiplayer

Red and black spider-man in the dark.
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It is confirmed now that Spider-Man 2 will not have any co-op or multiplayer, and will instead let you switch between characters at specified story moments. You may be able to switch at will outside of missions, however, that is pure speculation.

Preorder

Peter and Miles looking down an alley.
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Preorders for all versions of Spider-Man 2 are available now! Here are all the details you need to know about each edition, including the new limited-edition PS5.

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