Developer by Insomniac Games, Spider-Man gave gamers total freedom to swing and parkour across an incredibly detailed rendition of New York City as their favorite superhero and has sold 13.2 million copies worldwide as of July 2019. And there’s plenty of evidence that suggests Insomniac will be releasing a sequel.
Sony announced that it had acquired Insomniac on Monday, a move that essentially confirms a second Spider-Man game will arrive. The studio has partnered with Sony to create exclusive games for its consoles for more than two decades. Now, it’ll be directly backed up by the conglomerate to keep doing what it does best.
Insomniac CEO Ted Prince said the developer fully intends to continue delivering on the games that made Insomniac what it is today, in a Thursday statement to fans.
“Today we announced that Insomniac has a new home,” he wrote. “It feels more like a homecoming though. We’ve collaborated with Sony for more than 20 years—spanning all four PlayStation consoles, 20 total games and six franchises. We still work closely today with many of the same Sony teammates as we did when we released the original Spyro the Dragon in 1998.”
This will more than likely include a follow-up to Spider-Man PS4. Here’s all the hints and evidence we’ve dug up that supports that claims for a sequel:
When Is Spider-Man PS4 2 Release Date?
Spider-Man PS4 was released in September 2018 and was announced at E3 2016, more than two years before its release. It took Insomniac roughly four years to create, with development beginning in 2014. That means fans of the game might need to wait at least a few years before they even hear about the sequel.
Sony or Insomaniac have yet to officially announce anything about a sequel. But if Insomniac began development of the sequel this year (that’s a big if), we might not see a release until 2023 if it takes just as long to make as the original.
It’s possible that a sequel might actually be done quicker, seeing as Insomniac has refined one of its proprietary game engines to support the game’s open world. But with the next-generation PlayStation 5 expected in mid-to-late 2020, the developer might need to make some tweaks to its technology to make the most out of he new hardware.
What Console Will Spider-Man 2 Be Released On? PS4? PS5?
The sequel will almost certainly be released exclusively on the PS5, because of the short time left in the current generation of consoles and how much of a hit it was for the PS4.
Sony even released a limited edition Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 Pro Bundle when the game was launched. It could do the same thing with the PS5 to boost sales and convince games to pick the new PlayStation instead of an Xbox Scarlett, which the potential new Spider-Man game will almost definitely not be playable on.
Who Are the New Heroes in Spider-Man PS4 2?
Based on the ending of Spider-Man PS4 we know that New York City will gain new hero in Miles Morales. Right before Peter Parker’s final battle with Dr. Otto Octavius, Miles is bitten by a an OsCorp genetically modified spider, imbuing him with the same spider-like power Peter has.
Months after Peter’s destructive encounter with Octavius, Miles reveals his powers to Peter prompting him to reveal his own. This moment is a pivotal development between the two characters and lays the groundwork for a Peter to become a mentor for Miles, much like the dynamic between the two in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Gamers already got to play a few levels as Miles in Spider-Man PS4, now it seems they’ll be able to swing around New York with him as well. To top it off, Miles might even gain unique superpowers that Peter doesn’t have.
What Other Powers Could Miles Have in Spider-Man PS4 2?
Mary Jane Watson is responsible for unknowingly carrying the spider that bit Miles out of Norman Osborne’s lab when she sneaks in. During that mission, two big hints about the kind of powers the Spider could have given Miles are revealed.
In the room where the spider sneaks onto MJ’s shoulder, players can interact with a screen that details two strains of spider DNA. One synthesized for “Active Camouflage” and another for releasing an “Electro-Kinetic Blast”
These are two abilities that Miles uses in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as well as his appearances in Marvel comics. He’ll seemingly be able to use them in combat in Spider-Man PS4 2 too.
Who Are the Villains in Spider-Man PS4 2?
Much like Miles’ rise as a potential hero in the sequel, the ending of Spider-Man PS4 leaves hints of two potential villains for its sequel: The Green Goblin and Venom.
The game leaves Norman in a dark place, he’s resigned as mayor of New York and his growing increasingly desperate to fine a cure for his son, Harry Osborne’s, terminal illness. It becomes increasingly clear that he’s spiraling into madness and the vast amounts of wealth and lab technology he has access to allow him to pursue more extreme measure to help his son.
When MJ sneaks into his lab she also discovers a prototype mask, blueprints for a hover craft, and three purple grenades. The signs are clear as day that Norman is developing the Green Goblin’s mask, his hoverboard, and his signature Pumpkin Bombs.
While Norman seems to be undergoing a villainous turn to the Green Goblin, Harry could be the sequel’s Venom. Fans were up in arms about the exclusion of Spidey’s alien suit as an alternate skin, but Insomniac Creative Director Bryan Intihar said they had good reason to leave it out.
“I think something like that suit deserves its day in the spotlight and I think just making it an unlockable suit wouldn’t be doing it justice,” he said in September 2018 interview. “I think it’s one of the best stories in Spider man it’s a complex story that story needs to be told and it needs to be told in the way that Insomniac would tell it.”
Harry could be the best character to tell that story with seeing as his and Peter’s relationship is one of the most mysterious in the game and is only really addressed through various journal entries and Easter eggs.
The game leaves off with Harry in critical condition and his father places him inside of a stasis chamber with a black, web-like substance encasing his body. The black goo is extremely similar to the symbiote fans have seen in the Spider-Man comics and films that bring Venom to life.
To top this off, Sony re-introduced Venom into the cultural conversation with last year’s movie, featuring Tom Hardy as the classic Spidey villain. With a Venom sequel in the works, it makes sense to capitalize on that interest by making him a primary villain in Spider-Man* PS4 2.