After the game was revealed during last week’s PlayStation 5 unveiling, questions have been circulating around Spider-Man: Miles Morales in terms of where it fits in developer Insomniac’s Spider-Man canon, specifically about whether or not this is the sequel fans have been expecting to continue the story of the 2018 original.
Following the announcement trailer, reports began to sprout up that it was DLC for a definitive edition of Spider-Man that would launch on PlayStation 5, which Insomniac disputed, saying it was a standalone game, rather than an add-on to an existing one. Since that’s now cleared up, Insomniac took to the PlayStation Blog to give an update on the game, as well as some context for what kind of experience this game is actually going to be.
In the post, Creative Director Brian Horton specifically referenced Uncharted: Lost Legacy, a spin-off game by Naughty Dog that began development as a DLC for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but was made into a standalone game when the scope of the project changed. Similar to Miles Morales, the game followed a different protagonist than the mainline Uncharted games, focusing on Chloe Frazer after the series’ usual star Nathan Drake retired at the end of Uncharted 4. However, based on what Horton says in the PlayStation Blog post, it sounds like Miles Morales will have an impact on whatever Peter Parker-starring sequel is in the works.
“We know a lot of you want to know how big this game is,” Horton said. “Our team at Insomniac has been working incredibly hard to bring you a fantastic Miles Morales adventure since we concluded development on Marvel’s Spider-Man. You’ll experience a full story arc with Miles, one that’s more akin to a game like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in terms of overall scope. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an important, heartfelt, emotional and essential experience to expanding the Marvel’s Spider-Man universe. And we hope it will be for you as well.”
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So we know now that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a sizable game, but maybe not quite as large as the first game. According to How Long To Beat, the Spider-Man would last you anywhere from 16 hours to 32 hours depending on how thorough you were being in its open-world, so maybe Miles Morales might be about half as long, clocking around 8-16 hours? We’ll have to wait and see.
While putting Miles in the spotlight was initially met with a lot of excitement, the news that the game is actually more of a side story has been met with disappointment, especially as black characters are often relegated to these roles when they get to be the star of their own game. For more on that, check out Vice’s write-up on this unfortunate trend.
For more on Insomniac’s Spider-Man, check out Fanbyte’s review, or read the story of the process of sculpting a superhero’s bare chest.