The big Spider-Man reveal at the PlayStation E3 press conference last week was a delicious surprise. We’d heard whispers that Peter Parker might be popping up in a new game, but nobody suspected it would come from Sunset Overdrive / Ratchet & Clank / Resistance developer Insomniac Games. Today, we’ve learned something even more surprising about that stunning gameplay footage.
Remember how Sony confirmed that yes, there is a PlayStation 4K in the works? That Project Neo is real… but they’re not ready to talk about it yet?
The existence of the hardware lead many to believe that it was this higher-def machine behind the scenes in LA doing the gruntwork on the super-shiny gameplay demos we were watching. Turns out, for Spider-Man at least, we couldn’t be further from the truth.
Insomniac has confirmed that the game’s trailer (which shows Spidey swinging through the streets) was recorded using real-time, in-engine footage, directly from a standard PlayStation 4 console. And that’s good news for us, because the game really did look pretty spectacular, even from that short snippet.
Other things we know about Spider-Man: It’s a standalone story, not tied to any film, comic or other appearance. It’s actually set in an entirely new world, but draws heavily from Marvel’s years of archives. Because of this, the game features a new suit (featuring that oversized white arachnid on the chest), which the dev team says has been carefully crafted.
We can also confirm that – as much as we might wish otherwise – it’s still Peter Parker in the suit. If you were hoping for Miles Morales, you’ll still be waiting a while. This Mr Parker though, has been in the suit for a while, so he might be older than you’re expecting.
The game is set in an open-world adaptation of New York (possibly somewhere more than just Manhattan Island, what with Spidey’s reference to Queens), and our hero can get around using sweet parkour skills as well as his usual web-slingin’.
Other than that, we don’t really know much. We don’t know who the bad guys are or why Spidey will be fighting them. We don’t know how closely Insomniac will stick to traditional Spider-Man storylines and concepts. We don’t know how long we’ll have to wait for Spider-Man (or for the new Neo console, for that matter)… but one thing we do know: We’ll need a PlayStation 4 to play it, and now we also know it’ll look damn good doing it.