It was a big weekend for Sony PlayStation fans as the company held its annual PlayStation Experience event in Anaheim, California. Unlike previous years, the event this year was somewhat more lowkey, lacking the bombastic trailers and reveals fans have come to expect. Sony used the weekend as a celebration of sorts, showing previously seen footage, giving fans hands-on time with games, and hosting numerous panels for many exclusive games. Insomniac Games and Marvel were on hand as well to give fans a look behind the scenes of their anticipated game, Spider-Man.
The new trailer gives fans a look at the character of Peter Parker and his origins within the comics. Unlike other heros at the time, Spider-Man was essentially a normal teenage boy, real-world world problems of his own, which was quite different from other heros at that time which included the likes of Superman and Batman. That’s the angle Insomniac and Marvel are looking to tap into with the Marvel’s Spider-Man, humanizing the character so players will understand how high the stakes are.
In addition to utilizing Peter Parker, the game’s villain, Martin Li aka Mr. Negative, is also fairly relatable. He’s a kind-hearted entrepreneur, who operates a number of homeless shelters around the city. Unfortunately, Lee has a dark side the public doesn’t see, giving him a sort of duality that means if Spider-Man takes down Mister Negative, he’s also taking down Martin Li who’s doing a lot of good around the city including giving Peter’s aunt a place to work as well.
Even though Sony didn’t drop any major surprises or reveals at PlayStation Experience this year, the company did confirm that the classic PS1 title, MediEvil, is getting the full remaster treatment for the PlayStation 4. Not only that, game-specific panels at the event provided a lot of insight into some of the most anticipated exclusives coming in 2018 such as God of War, Ghost of Tsushima, and Shadow of the Colossus. Neil Druckmann from Naughty Dog also gave fans an update on The Last of Us 2, confirming that the game is about 60% complete and that fans were correct when rumors speculated that the setting has moved to Seattle, Washington.
Spider-Man will launch in 2018, exclusively for PlayStation 4.