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‘Spider-Man’ swings onto the PlayStation 4 at E3

Last night, Sony’s E3 press conference confirmed rumors that a new Spider-Man game is in development exclusively for the PlayStation 4. The new title is being put together by Insomniac, the studio responsible for the Ratchet and Clank series and the Resistance franchise.

It might seem like high time for the web-slinger to make his return to the world of video games, now that the blockbuster Captain America: Civil War has helped start the process of returning the character to former glory. However, it has been confirmed that the new title will not have any ties to existing cinematic adaptations.

That facet of the project is made quite clear by Spider-Man’s suit, which is quite different from the versions we’ve seen on the silver screen. His trademark red-and-blue get-up is emblazoned with a large white spider in place of the standard black arachnid, immediately distinguishing this Peter Parker from the one in Marvel’s cinematic universe.

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This could well be a good thing for Insomniac’s Spider-Man, as it means that the studio isn’t confined in terms of the game’s storyline or the characters that are involved. While next year’s Homecoming movie seems likely to feature the Vulture as its big bad, the game can cherry pick from the superhero’s impressive rogues gallery.

However, there’s no word on which villain (or villains) will make the cut. All that we know at the moment is that the game will cast each player as an experienced hero who has been around the block once or twice, both Spider-Man and Peter Parker are playable, and the game’s version of New York City is an open world to explore at will.

Insomniac has apparently been hard at work on Spider-Man for quite some time, but there’s still no word on a potential release date just yet.

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